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American Studies BA - Program Requirements

(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

Completing the American Studies BA Program

Academic Requirements

Total required credit hours for the major: 36 (12 courses).

Academic Advice

We strongly encourage all students signed up for or interested in the American Studies Major to talk to the Director of Undergraduate Studies about tailoring a program to meet your needs, interests, and circumstances.

Transfer Credit Policy

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 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. NOTE: advisement for general education and other university requirements for the American Studies degree is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services.

Prerequisite Courses

AMS 107 Introduction to American Studies
AMS 113 American Lives and Environments (before 1900)
AMS 114 American Lives and Environments (after 1900)

Required Courses

AMS 364 Seminar for Majors

Eight elective American Studies courses; at least four of which must be at the 300/400 level. These electives must include:

  • At least three courses focusing on gender, class, race, ethnicity, and/or indigenous studies
  • At least two courses focusing on American culture(s) before 1900
  • At least three courses focusing on cultures of the Atlantic World or the Americas beyond the United States

Any given course may fulfill more than one of the above categories. Related courses taken outside of the program may be applicable toward the major, when approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

Departmental Honors Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the American Studies BA degree
Credits Required for Major42
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 38
Total Credits Required for Degree120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:51