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African-American Studies Minor - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 22.11 AFRO-AMERICAN STUDIES, CIP: 05.0201 African-American/Black Studies)

Department of Transnational Studies

1010 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680

Shaun Irlam

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Academic Opportunities

Community Service Programs

The African & African-American Studies Community Service Program was established to organize activities that are mutually beneficial to the African American community in Buffalo and outside of Buffalo city and the University at Buffalo. In the past, it has collected archival material on the activities of African Americans in areas of education and politics. The program emphasizes projects that develop academic and job-related internships for students.

Students who enroll (prior permission required) in the internship course (AAS 399) may be assigned/or may select a research project with a community-based organization. Provision for effective research enables the student to participate in the African American community and to observe the dynamics of community activities and the role of the African American community in decision-making in government and social agencies, as well as in the development of cultural and economic activities.

Experiential Learning


Students have an opportunity to work on public policy projects through the offices of state and local legislators and law firms. They may also be placed in community agencies or placed with individual faculty to pursue their research interests.

Underground Railroad Project

The Underground Railroad Project features the research initiatives of the program's mandate to serve the community. Students gain hands-on experience in data collection, archival research and preservation.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to participate in Study Abroad programs in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Extracurricular Activities

African & African-American Studies faculty enjoy close relationships with several student organizations, including the Black Student Union, the Caribbean Students Association and the African Students Association. African-American Studies faculties often serve as advisers to these student groups.

See the UB Student Association.

Honors and Awards

Departmental Honors

Honors Program

Acceptance Information:

  1. Completion of AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies or equivalent course and two additional courses.
  2. Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
  3. Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the prerequisite courses.
  4. Students must be in good academic standing and have progressed to at least their sophomore year.

Academic Requirements:

Students in the African-American Studies honors program must satisfy the requirements outlined for majors and must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 in courses within the major.


Students in the honors program must complete AAS 497 Honors Seminar. This advanced level is reflected in the course's 4-credit-hour value for honors students (1 credit hour beyond that required for majors outside the honors program). The senior research project must be awarded at least a B+ (3.33) to be accepted as an honors project.

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:51