2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

American Studies Minor

Transnational Studies

1004 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14620-4680
716-645-2082
716-645-5976
www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu
Cecil Foster
Chair

Why study American Studies Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that awards BA, MA and PhD degrees. The program takes a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas, examining local cultures and regions within their larger contexts of Americas. Building on our traditional strengths in American Indian studies, critical race theory, class analysis, and community engagement, we encourage work on history, politics, visual cultures, literary and oral cultures, practices, religions, kinship systems and economics.

Reclaiming the repressed voices of marginalized peoples in the Americas has been a central mission of our program since the 1960s. The American Studies program coordinates one of the strongest American Indian studies programs in the United States.

We seek students who wish to pursue a program centering on the multidisciplinary study of the Americas. We also welcome international students who seek to understand the cultural, historical and natural complexity of the United States.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Broad thematic periodization and chronology of the socio-economic, political, and cultural history of the Native American peoples in the Americas, and their role in the history of the Americas up to the present
  • The role of Native American peoples in the evolution of U.S. democracy through their struggles for sovereignty
  • Major descriptive and analytical themes in the current socio-economic, political and cultural circumstances of the Native American peoples in the Americas
  • Broad thematic periodization and chronology of the socio-economic, political and cultural history of the African, Asian and Latina/o diasporas in the Americas, and their role in the history of the Americas up to the present
  • Major descriptive and analytical themes in the current socio-economic, political and cultural circumstances of the African, Asian and Latina/o diasporas in the Americas

The Learning Environment

American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that awards BA, MA and PhD degrees. The program takes a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas, examining local cultures and regions within their larger contexts of Americas. Building on our traditional strengths in American Indian studies, critical race theory, class analysis and community engagement, we encourage work on history, politics, visual cultures, literary and oral cultures, practices, religions, kinship systems and economics.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Transnational Studies is housed in 1004 Clemens Hall and has three dedicated seminar rooms. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classes and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

The American Studies program has core faculty within the Department of Transnational Studies and they consist of internationally and nationally renowned scholars who have been awarded prestigious awards for advocacy work, writing various texts and articles, and teaching cross-cultural courses.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the American Studies department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

American Studies graduates have pursued positions in diverse areas including admissions and employment counseling, community organizing, law, real estate, social program directing, teaching, curriculum designers, working in media, and the arts. About 50% percent of graduates find related employment

Graduates pursue the following careers among others:

  • Administrator
  • Affirmative action work
  • Author
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Ecologist
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Human service worker
  • International affairs specialist
  • Journalist
  • Public or labor relations specialist
  • Legal advisor
  • Legal advocate
  • Librarian
  • Project coordinator
  • Social worker
  • Travel industry worker
  • Urban planner

Work settings may include:

  • Advocacy organizations
  • Banks
  • Business
  • Colleges/universities
  • Community organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Human services
  • Import/export firms
  • Indigenous studies
  • International agencies
  • Law firms
  • Legislative offices
  • Public and private schools
  • Public relations
  • Publishers
  • Radio/TV/newspapers
  • Scouting organizations
  • Special libraries
  • Unions
  • Urban renewal

Academic Advising

The Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Transnational Studies, who is a member of the department's full-time teaching faculty, is available to meet with students throughout the semester. As we cannot provide advisement through emails, please contact the department's undergraduate studies secretary to find out the director's office hours. Students interested in doing a major or a minor in the American Studies program are encouraged to speak with the director to discuss their interests in the program, as well as to plan course sequencing to meet all criteria.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please contact the undergraduate secretary to schedule an appointment with our director of undergraduate studies.

Undergraduate secretary: Kathryn Cartwright
Main office: 1004 Clemens Hall
P: 716-645-0796

Published: November 17, 2017 09:57:49 AM