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American Studies BA - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 03.13 AMERICAN STUDIES, CIP: 05.0102 American/United States Studies/Civilization)

Department of Transnational Studies

1010 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680

Shaun Irlam

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Academic Opportunities

From the perspective of undergraduate education, the Department of Transnational Studies replicates the experience of a small liberal arts college in the midst of a major research university. We invite students looking for the advantages of being part of a department that combines personal attention with a wide choice of courses. The curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary perspective that contributes to mastering the research, writing and critical thinking skills necessary in a society in which higher education plays such a crucial role. At the same time our students are encouraged to refine and develop their individual interests that stem from the extensive understanding of the field the department’s offerings provide.

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.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. See the Office of Study Abroad website.

Extracurricular Activities

An indigenous undergraduate group exists and is open to all students who are interested in indigenous cultures and events in the area. They hold several social events during each semester. See the UB Student Association webpage

Honors and Awards

We do not have an independent scholarship program; however you may want to explore other avenues of financial assistance within the university described on their website.

Departmental Honors

Honors Program

Acceptance Information

  1. Completion of GGS 101 Introduction to Gender and Woman 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 Global Gender 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 GGS 490 Seminar for Majors/ Senior Capstone. 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