Serving as the university’s gateway for exploring cultural connections across borders, identities and time, the Department of Africana and American Studies operates in a unique niche between theory and practice, research and social engagement, and humanity and the environment.
Explore the history as well as the political, economic, social and cultural circumstances of people of African descent in the United States and around the world.
Take a global and hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas by examining local cultures, nations and regions within their larger geopolitical contexts.
"When choosing UB, I reverted to the factor I was looking for initially: a sense of family, and the ability to build a relationship with a department. The faculty in the department is what really reeled me in.” – Taylor Coleman, MA and PhD student
“The greatness of nations is shown by their strict regard for human rights, rigid enforcement of the law without bias, and just administration of the affairs of life. ”