Political Science : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor
Concentrations: Advanced, American Politics and Public Affairs, Comparative, General, International, and Public Law
Graduate: MA, MA/JD, PhD, PhD/JD

Advisement

After acceptance into the major or minor, students may consult with a departmental advisor for assistance in understanding departmental and university requirements for the degree. Advisor office hours are posted at the department office, 520 Park Hall.

Acceptance Information

Students should apply for admission to the major in political science no later than the beginning of their junior year. To become eligible, students must have completed two political science courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and have a minimum UB GPA of 2.0. Applicants should bring a copy of their current UB DARS report directly to the Department of Political Science. Prospective majors are encouraged to complete the department's required courses: PSC 101 during their first semester, and PSC 200 or PSC 393 or PSC 408 during their second semester.

Academic Requirements

Please note that a minimum GPA of 2.0 in both the major and overall is required for graduation.

Transfer Policy

Credit for political science courses completed with a passing grade at other colleges or universities may be granted in instances where comparable courses exist within the department at UB. The department gives transfer credit for a maximum of five political science courses. Where applicable, transfer courses may be used to meet specific departmental requirements.

Political Science - B.A.

General And Advanced Concentrations And Concentrations In Public Law, American Politics And Public Affairs, International Politics, Comparative Politics

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Note

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall and in the major required for graduation.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and in the major is required for all internships.

Prerequisite Courses

Any two political science courses.

Required Courses

Twelve PSC courses, distributed as follows:
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
A second required course, choose from one of the following: PSC 100, PSC 102, PSC 103 or PSC 104.
Seven 300/400-level PSC courses, up to two of which may be from: PSC 496 Washington Semester Internship, PSC 496 Community Internship Program, PSC 496 New York State Senate and Assembly Internship, PSC 497 Honors Thesis, PSC 499 Independent Study
One methods of inquiry course: PSC 200 Empirical Political Science, PSC 393 Game Theory and Politics, or PSC 408 Basic Statistics for Social Science. Acceptable substitutions: SOC 294, ECO 480, PSY 207, STA 119, SSC 225, MGQ 301, and GEO 410.
At least one course in any three of the following four fields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public law.

Note: Some concentrations have additional required courses.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 36

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Spring One methods of inquiry course
Fall or Spring PSC 101, and additional required 100 level course

SECOND YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PSC course
Spring Two 300/400-level PSC courses

THIRD YEAR
Fall Two 300/400-level PSC courses
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PSC course, one PSC elective at any level
Spring One PSC elective at any level

Concentrations

PUBLIC LAW

FIRST YEAR
Fall or Spring PSC 101, and additional required 100 level course

Spring One methods of inquiry course

SECOND YEAR
Fall One 200-level PSC course from the public law list
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course from the public law list

THIRD YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PSC course from the public law list
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course from the public law list, one 300/400-level PSC course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PSC course from the public law list, one PSC elective at any level
Spring Two 300/400-level PSC courses

AMERICAN POLITICS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

FIRST YEAR
Spring One methods of inquiry course
Fall or Spring PSC 101 and additional required 100 level course

SECOND YEAR
Fall One 200/300/400-level course in the American politics field
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course in the American politics field

THIRD YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PSC course in the American politics field, one 300/400-level PSC course
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course in the American politics field

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Two 300/400-level PSC courses
Spring One 300/400-level PSC elective, one 200/300/400-level PSC elective

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

FIRST YEAR
Spring One methods of inquiry course
Fall or Spring PSC 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall PSC 102
Spring Two 300/400-level PSC courses in the international field

THIRD YEAR
Fall Two 300/400-level PSC courses in the international field
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course in the international field

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PSC course, one PSC elective at any level
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course

COMPARATIVE POLITICS

FIRST YEAR
Spring One methods of inquiry course
Fall or Spring PSC 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall PSC 103
Spring Two 300/400-level PSC courses in the comparative field

THIRD YEAR
Fall Two 300/400-level PSC courses in the comparative field
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course in the comparative field

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PSC course, one PSC elective at any level
Spring One 300/400-level PSC course

ADVANCED

FIRST YEAR
Spring PSC 200 or PSC 408
Fall or Spring PSC 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall PSC 393
Spring PSC 200 or PSC 408; one 300/400-level PSC course

THIRD YEAR
Fall One 300/400-level PSC course
Spring Two 300/400-level PSC courses

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Two 300/400-level PSC courses
Spring One PSC elective at any level

Electives and Course Groupings

Public Law List
PSC 215 Law and the Political Process
PSC 225 Equality and Justice in the United States
PSC 301 Cases in Civil Liberties
PSC 302 Protecting Civil Liberties
PSC 303 Constitutional Law
PSC 305 Judicial Politics
PSC 401 Advanced Civil Liberties
PSC 430 Human Rights
PSC 470 Legal Political Theory
PSC 492 Pre-law Honors Seminar

Political Science - Minor

Required Courses

PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics and one course from the following list: PSC 100, PSC 102, PSC 103 or PSC 104.
One methods of inquiry course: PSC 200 Empirical Political Science, PSC 393 Game Theory and Politics, or PSC 408 Basic Statistics for Social Science. Acceptable substitutes: SOC 294, ECO 480, PSY 207, STA 119, SSC 225, MGQ 301, and GEO 410.
Three 300/400-level PSC courses; at least one must be in comparative politics, international relations, or public law.
One additional political science courses in any field at any level.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 21

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:03 EST