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Welcome to Transnational Studies

Serving as the university’s gateway for exploring cultural connections across borders, identities and time, the Department of Transnational Studies operates in a unique niche between theory and practice, research and social engagement, and humanity and the environment.

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Welcome, future students!

Academic work in Transnational Studies will prepare you to be an active, purposeful citizen of the world. Find out how!

Our Programs

"Empress of the Blues" by Romare Bearden.
African and African-American Studies

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.

Our Programs

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American Studies

Take a global and hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas by examining local cultures, nations and regions within their larger geopolitical contexts. 

Student Testimonials

"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 Transnational Studies is what really reeled me in.” – Taylor Coleman, MA and PhD student