Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Africana and American Studies

1010 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680


Rinaldo Walcott, Ph.D.
Keith Griffler, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies

African and American Studies Overview

The department of Africana and American Studies offers two interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degrees: African-American Studies and American Studies.

African-American Studies explores the history as well as the political, economic, social, and cultural circumstances of people of African descent everywhere. The program’s major and minor ground students in a curriculum that is global in scope, covers a broad spectrum of topics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and provides a comprehensive liberal arts education.

American Studies 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.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services office (275 Park Hall) and from faculty in their program of study. The CAS Student Advisement and Services Office assists undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences to plan their academic trajectory, develop goals and successfully complete their college careers.

Academic Advising Contact Information

College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisement & Services
275 Park Hall, North Campus
North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-4140
Phone: 716-645-6883
Email: cas-advisor@buffalo.edu