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African-American Studies Minor - Program Requirements

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

Department of Africana and American Studies

1010 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680

Shaun Irlam

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the African-American Studies Minor Program

Academic Requirements

Total required credit hours for the minor is 18 (6 courses).

Academic Advice

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

Transfer Credit Policy

Students who wish to transfer to the University at Buffalo and pursue a major in African & African-American Studies must first be accepted by the university's admissions office before applying to the program. Students are referred by College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement and Services to this program so that all transfer credits can be evaluated and applied. The program attempts to keep current with the curricular offerings of a number of feeder institutions. Because these offerings are subject to change, transfer students are advised to bring course descriptions and syllabi to the director of undergraduate studies.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses for this program.

Required Courses

Two of the following courses: 

  • AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AAS 260 Major Issues in African American Studies 
  • AAS 261 Survey of the African American Experience 
  • AAS 270 Major Issues in Caribbean Studies
  • AAS 280 Survey of African Studies


Any four 200/300/400-level AAS courses

Departmental Honors Requirements

For details regarding requirements for awarding departmental honors and distinction please visit the Undergraduate Catalog Academic Honors webpage

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the African-American Studies Minor
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or minor 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 22, 2020 12:07:29