Graduate students in the Department of Africana and American Studies may pursue degrees in American Studies, Canadian Studies or an interdisciplinary humanities program in Caribbean and Latin American Studies or African-American Studies.
We take a global and hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas, examining local cultures, nations and regions within their larger geopolitical contexts. Building on our traditional strengths in American Indian studies, critical race theory, feminism, class analysis and community engagement, we encourage scholarly work on history, politics, visual cultures, literary and oral cultures, environmental and agricultural practices, religions, gender, sexualities, kinship systems, geography and economics.
"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, Schomburg Fellowship Recipient