Social Sciences Interdisciplinary : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, BS, or Minor (in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary)
Concentrations: (BA programs) Cognitive Science, Environmental Studies, Health and Human Services, International Studies, Legal Studies, Urban and Public Policy; (BS or Minor programs) Environmental Studies
Combined: BA/MSW (Health and Human Services concentration/Graduate School of Social Work)

Advisement

All majors are administered by the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs, College of Arts and Sciences. This office coordinates admission to each of the majors and advises students toward completion of the degree. There is at least one advisor for each concentration within the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.

Acceptance Information

Students should apply for admission to the major in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs no later than the end of their sophomore year. Students are expected to follow major requirements as listed in the catalog for the academic year during which they are admitted to the major. To be eligible for admission to all programs, except cognitive science, students are required to attain a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses and to have a minimum UB GPA of 2.0. To be admitted to cognitive science, students are required to attain a grade of B- or better in the prerequisite course and to have a minimum UB GPA of 2.0.

Academic Requirements

Students in the Cognitive Science program must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in the major. Students in all other concentrations must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select 2 courses from a particular section and the student completes 3 courses from that section, all courses will be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

All students must maintain a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the most recently completed semester to remain in good standing.

Transfer students and UB students who have left the university and returned should be aware that no more than 20% of major course work may be over 10 years old. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university's transfer admission GPA requirements. Applications are then forwarded to the IDP office for review and course equivalency evaluation. Newly admitted transfer students who have completed the prerequisite requirements or have completed 60 or more credit hours at the school from which they have transferred are accepted to the major on a provisional basis, with full admission dependent upon completion of prerequisite requirements and attaining a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 within a specified time frame.

Courses from two-year colleges may not be used toward fulfillment of the advanced-level course requirements in any of the interdisciplinary programs. At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB.

Students transferring from two or four year SUNY schools are strongly advised to complete the SUNY foreign language general education requirement before transferring to UB.

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - B.A.

Concentration In Cognitive Science

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite course with a grade of B- or better.

Advising Notes

Each course taken may be counted only once and applied toward only one requirement (e.g., CSE 463 may be applied to the contents courses or to the focus area, but not to both). Many courses in the focus areas have pre-requisite requirements. For more information students should check individual course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog or speak with the Cognitive Science advisor.

Students in the Cognitive Science program must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if the curriculum requires a student to select 2 courses from a particular section and the student completes 3 courses from that section, all courses will be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

All students must maintain a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the most recently completed semester to remain in good standing.

Transfer students and UB students who have left the university and returned should be aware that no more than 20% of major course work may be over 10 years old. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major

Prerequisite Courses

PSY 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind

Required Courses

SSC 391 Cognitive Science Colloquium (this course involves attending at least 75 percent of the Cognitive Science Colloquia during each term SSC 391 is taken; the course should be taken three times; SSC 391 is graded P/F)
Three methods courses
Three content courses
Six courses in a single focus area

Senior thesis option: Students may optionally write a senior thesis, based on original research done in collaboration with their cognitive science advisor. Students choosing the senior thesis option are required to take five courses in a single focus area as opposed to the six required for students not selecting the thesis option.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (cognitive science): 42-49

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall PSY 101 (prerequisite for PSY 342)
Spring One methods or content course

SECOND YEAR
Fall PSY 342, two methods or content courses
Spring One methods or content course; one focus area course

THIRD YEAR
Fall SSC 391, one methods or content course, one focus area course
Spring SSC 391, one methods or content course, one focus area course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Two focus area courses
Spring SSC 391, one focus area course

Electives and Course Groupings

Methods Courses

APY 320 Seminar in Cognitive Anthropology
CSE 113-CSE 114 Introduction to Computer Programming I-II or CSE 115-CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors I-II
PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic or PHI 315 Symbolic Logic
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 250 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology

Content Courses

APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation or CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics or CSE 472 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis or LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual
PHI 108 Knowledge and Reality or PHI 221 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology or PSY 351 Biopsychology

Focus Area Courses

Most courses in these areas have at least one prerequisite requirement. Students should check individual course entries in the catalog or speak with the cognitive science advisor.

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
APY 344 Animal Communication
APY 457 Evolutionary Biology of Humans
CDS 301 Language Development in Children
CDS 402 Language Disorders in Children
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
LIN 320 Language and the Brain
LIN 355 Child Language Development
LIN 455 Language Acquisition
NUR 250 Human Growth and Development
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
PSY 427 Adult Development and Aging
PSY 428 Language Development
PSY 430 Evolutionary Psychology
PSY 446 Animal Cognition
PSY 448 Psycholinguistics
PSY 457 Cognitive Development

COMPUTATIONAL MODELING
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation
CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
CSE 473 Introduction to Computer Vision and Image Processing
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
IE 323 Ergonomics
IE 435 Human-Computer Interaction
LIN 438 Semantics
LIN 443 Semantics II
LIN 448 Formal Semantics
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
MTH 314 Logic for Computer Science
MTH 455 Mathematical Modeling
MTH 460 Theory of Games
PHI 415 Logical Theory I
PHI 416 Logical Theory II
PHI 417 Modal Logic
PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception

HIGH-LEVEL MENTAL PROCESSES
APY 246 Introduction to Primate Behavior
APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
APY 320 Seminar in Cognitive Anthropology
APY 344 Animal Communication
APY 377 Magic, Sorcery, and Witchcraft
APY 380 Myth, Ritual, Symbolism
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation
CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
GEO 102 Introduction to Human Geography
GEO 485 Cartography and Geographic Visualization
LIN 356 An Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor
LIN 404 Discourse-Pragmatics
LIN 413 Language and Cognition
LIN 417 Psycholinguistics
LIN 421 Linguistic Anthropology
LIN 438 Semantics
LIN 481 Cognitive Foundations of Language
PHI 315 Symbolic Logic
PHI 329 Metaphysics
PHI 333 Epistemology
PHI 345 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
PHI 370 Early Modern Philosophy
PSY 416 Reasoning and Problem Solving
PSY 445 Memory
PSY 446 Animal Cognition
PSY 447 The Psychology of Music
PSY 448 Psycholinguistics
PSY 457 Cognitive Development

LANGUAGE
APY 344 Animal Communication
CDS 286 Phonetics
CDS 301 Language Development in Children
CSE 396 Introduction to the Theory of Computation
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation
CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual
LIN 301 Structure of English: The Sound System
LIN 302 Structure of English: Grammar and Lexicon
LIN 320 Language and the Brain
LIN 355 Child Language Development
LIN 356 An Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor
LIN 404 Discourse-Pragmatics
LIN 405 Bilingualism and Language Contact
LIN 410 Morphology
LIN 413 Language and Cognition
LIN 415 Syntax I
LIN 417 Psycholinguistics
LIN 421 Linguistic Anthropology
LIN 425 Typology and Universals
LIN 431 Phonetics
LIN 432 Phonology I
LIN 433 Phonology II
LIN 434 Syntax II
LIN 438 Semantics
LIN 439 Historical Linguistics
LIN 443 Semantics II
LIN 448 Formal Semantics
LIN 455 Language Acquisition
LIN 481 Cognitive Foundations of Language
PHI 315 Symbolic Logic
PHI 415 Logical Theory I
PHI 416 Logical Theory II
PHI 417 Modal Logic
PSY 428 Language Development
PSY 445 Memory
PSY 448 Psycholinguistics

NEUROSCIENCES
APY 457 Evolutionary Biology of Humans
CDS 428 Neural Basis of Communication/Lab
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
LIN 320 Language and the Brain
PGY 451 Human Physiology I
PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception
PSY 351 Biopsychology
PSY 418 Behavior Modification and Behavioral Medicine
PSY 419 Biological Bases of Memory
PSY 426 Biological Bases of Mental Disorders
PSY 429 Psychophysiology
PSY 436 Neuropsychology
PSY 439 Biopsychology of Stress
PSY 451 Drug Addiction

SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS
CSE 305 Introduction to Programming Languages
CSE 396 Introduction to the Theory of Computation
CSE 451 Program Development
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation
CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
CSE 473 Introduction to Computer Vision and Image Processing
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
GEO 120 Maps and Mapping
GEO 381 Cartography
GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
GEO 485 Cartography and Geographic Visualization
GEO 488 GIS Design
GEO 489 GIS Algorithms and Data Structures
IE 323 Ergonomics
IE 435 Human-Computer Interaction
LIN 415 Syntax I
LIN 434 Syntax II
LIN 438 Semantics
LIN 443 Semantics II
LIN 448 Formal Semantics
MTH 313 Elements of Set Theory
MTH 314 Logic for Computer Science
MTH 413 Introduction to Mathematical Logic I
MTH 414 Introduction to Mathematical Logic II
MTH 460 Theory of Games
PHI 315 Symbolic Logic
PHI 415 Logical Theory I
PHI 416 Logical Theory II
PHI 417 Modal Logic
PSY 405 Data Analysis Techniques
PSY 416 Reasoning and Problem Solving
PSY 445 Memory

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - B.A. B.S.

Concentration In Environmental Studies

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite course with a grade of C or better.

Advising Notes

Students originally entering the BA program may transfer applicable credits to the BS program.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select 2 courses from a particular section and the student completes 3 courses from that section, all courses will be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

All students must maintain a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the most recently completed semester to remain in good standing.

Transfer students and UB students who have left the university and returned should be aware that no more than 20% of major course work may be over 10 years old. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Prerequisite Courses

SSC 118 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Required Courses

Three courses from social science core
Five courses for B.A. or seven courses for B.S. from natural science core
One statistics course
One spatial analysis course (BS students only)
Five courses from the chosen specialized track
SSC 496 ENV Environmental Internship

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (environmental studies BA): 51-52
Total required credit hours for the major (environmental studies BS): 59-61

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall GEO 101 or GLY 101; SSC 118
Spring GEO 106 or GLY 102, one social sciences core course

SECOND YEAR
Fall BIO 200, one statistics course; SSC 217 (BS students only)
Spring SSC 315, two social sciences core courses

THIRD YEAR
Fall GLY 309, one specialized track course; GLY 310 (BS students only)
Spring Two specialized track courses
Fall or Spring One spatial analysis course (BS students only)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One specialized track course
Spring One specialized track course
Fall or Spring SSC 496 ENV Environmental Internship

Electives and Course Groupings

Social Sciences Core
ENG 263 Environmental Writings
PD 212 Urban and Environmental Planning
PHI 334 Environmental Ethics
SOC 446 Environmental Sociology
SSC 238 Science, Religion and Nature
SSC 442 Environmental Movements

Natural Sciences Core
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology (offered fall only)
GLY 309 Ecology (offered fall only; prerequisite: BIO 200)
GLY 310 Ecological Methods (B.S. students only; offered fall only; prereq: BIO 200)
GEO 101-GEO 106 Earth Systems Science 1&2 or GLY 101-GLY 102 Global Environmental Science 1 & 2
SSC 217 Environmental Chemistry: Principles and Applications (BS students only)
SSC 315 Field Ecology

Statistics
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
SSC 225 Statistics for Social Sciences
STA 119 Statistical Methods

Spatial Analysis (BS students only)
GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
PD 356 Computing for Environmental Analysis

Specialized Tracks

Specialized tracks provide a body of coursework and experience that prepare a student for a defined area within the field of environmental studies. Five courses in the chosen specialized track are required. The Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs maintains a list of pre-approved specialized tracks in the environmental studies curriculum and accepts petitions for individualized programs; please see the environmental studies advisor for further information.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND EDUCATION
PD 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development (prerequisite: PD 212)
SSC 317 Environmental Politics
SSC 326 Great Lakes Ecology
SSC 360 Environmental Impact Statements
SSC 385 Energy, Environment and Society
SSC 406 Law and Environment
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Nonprofits
SSC 419 Wilderness
SSC 479 Environmental Education Fieldstudies (offered summer only)
SSC 493 Ecology of Unique Environments

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT
APY 344 Animal Communication
APY 444 Ethology Practicum (prereq: APY 344, SSC 448 or permission of Instructor)
GEO 345 Water Resources
GEO 350 Landform Field and Lab Techniques
GEO 352 Introduction to Soils
GEO 356 Forest Ecology
GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography
GEO 444 Advanced Earth Science Systems
GEO 445 Restoration Ecology
GEO 470 Integrated Environmental Management
SSC 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management
SSC 448 Animals, Zoos and Ecology
SSC 493 Ecology of Unique Environments

ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP
SSC 496 ENV Environmental Internship

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - B.A.

Concentration In Health And Human Services

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each.

Advising Notes

This major does not lead to teaching certification. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies directed toward state certification as K-6 teachers are strongly advised to consult with an Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs advisor as soon as they begin this major. Further information about teacher certification can be obtained from the Teacher Education Institute, Graduate School of Education, 375 Baldy Hall.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select 2 courses from a particular section and the student completes 3 courses from that section, all courses will be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

All students must maintain a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the most recently completed semester to remain in good standing.

Transfer students and UB students who have left the university and returned should be aware that no more than 20% of major course work may be over 10 years old. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Prerequisite Courses

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
SSC 103 Introduction to Health and Human Services

Required Courses

One introductory course
Two analytical skills courses (one statistics course and one methods course)
One human biology course
Three intermediate-level courses, one of which must be PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
Six courses from the chosen concentration area

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (health and human services): 45-46

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall PSY 101, SSC 103
Spring One introductory course, one statistics course

SECOND YEAR
Fall One human biology course, one methods course
Spring Two intermediate courses**

THIRD YEAR
Fall One intermediate course**, one concentration area course
Spring Two concentration area courses

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Two concentration area courses (one of which is SSC 496 HS1 for Social Gerontology and Community Mental Health majors)
Spring One concentration area course (SSC 496 HS2 for Social Gerontology and Community Mental Health majors )

Electives and Course Groupings

Introductory Courses

APY 105 Introduction to Anthropology
APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
APY 107 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
APY 108 Introduction to Archaeology
COM 101 Principles of Communication
PHI 107 Ethics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Analytical Skills

STATISTICS COURSES
CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
SSC 225 Statistics for Social Sciences
STA 119 Statistical Methods

METHODS COURSES
NUR 348 Evidenced Based Practice and Nursing Research (nursing double degree students only)
PSY 250 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
SOC 293 Social Research Methods
SSC 213 Social Research Methods

Intermediate Courses

PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (required)

Two of the following:
APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
COM 202 Intercultural Communication
COM 217 Communication in Organizations
COM 223 Principles and Methods of Interviewing
COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
GGS 225 Violence in a Gendered World
GGS 238 Women, Work, and Family
HIS 215 Death in America
JLS 131 The Family and the Law
LAI 205 Introduction to Child Development and Learning or NUR 250 Human Growth and Development
SOC 206 Social Problems
SOC 211 Sociology of Diversity
SSC 209 Case Management
SSC 210 Skill Development in Human Service
SSC 390 Human Services Administration

Human Biology Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy
APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy and APY 346 Primate Dissections
BIO 129 Perspectives in Human Biology (required for students pursuing the joint health and human services/School of Social Work degree; offered fall only)
BIO 130 Perspectives in Human Biology
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
PGY 300 Human Physiology

Concentration Area Courses

SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
Two of the following:
PSY 427 Adult Development and Aging (force by special arrangement)
SOC 304 Sociology of Aging
SSC 363 The Aging Process
SSC 407 Healthcare and the Elderly

Two of the following:
CEP 401 Introduction to Counseling
CEP 404 Introduction to the Rehabilitation of Substance Abuse and Addiction
CEP 410 Introduction to Grief and Loss
SOC 308 Sociology of the Life Course
SOC 313 Sociology of the Family
SOC 314 Sociology of Gender
SOC 322 Introduction to Medical Sociology
SSC 343 Violence and the Family
SSC 365 The Family Process
SSC 413 Addictions Treatment
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Non-profits
SSC 428 Health Law

Practicum (a two-semester sequence; both courses are required):
SSC 496 HS1 Human Services Intern 1(first semester)
SSC 496 HS2 Human Services Intern 2 (second semester)

EARLY CHILDHOOD
CDS 301 Language Development in Children (offered fall only)
CDS 402 Language Disorders in Children (offered spring only; prerequisite: CDS 301)
CEP 410 Introduction to Grief and Loss
LAI 416 Early Childhood Education, Theory, and Practice
LAI 490 Seminar and Practicum in Early Childhood Programs
LIN 355 Child Language Development
PSY 321 Psychology of Personality or PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
SOC 313 Sociology of the Family
SOC 314 Sociology of Gender
SOC 335 Sociology of Adolescence
SSC 305 Applied Child Development and Learning
SSC 320 Issues in Developmental Disabilities
SSC 343 Violence and the Family
SSC 365 The Family Process
SSC 413 Addictions Treatment
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Non-profits
SSC 420 Child Mental Health
SSC 496 HS1 Human Services Intern 1

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
Each course taken may be counted only once and applied toward only one requirement (e.g., SSC 218 may be applied to part A or to Part B, but not to both)
Part A: choose one of the following:
SSC 218 Issues in Mental Health (if not taken to meet requirement below)
SSC 320 Issues in Developmental Disabilites
SSC 413 Addictions Treatment
SSC 420 Child Mental Health

Part B: choose three of the following:
CEP 401 Introduction to Counseling
CEP 404 Introduction to the Rehabilitation of Substance Abuse and Addiction
CEP 410 Introduction to Grief and Loss
CEP 453 Introduction to Rehabilitation
PSY 321 Psychology of Personality or PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 331 Social Psychology
PSY 411 Self and Self-Esteem (by exception registration only)
SOC 314 Sociology of Gender
SOC 322 Introduction to Medical Sociology
SOC 335 Sociology of Adolescence
SSC 218 Issues in Mental Health
SSC 320 Issues in Developmental Disabilities
SSC 343 Violence and the Family
SSC 407 Health-Care and the Elderly
SSC 413 Addictions Treatment
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Non-profits
SSC 420 Child Mental Health
SSC 428 Health Law

Practicum (a two-semester sequence; both courses are required):
SSC 496 HS1 Human Services Intern 1 (first semester)
SSC 496 HS2 Human Services Intern 2 (second semester)

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - B.A./M.S.W.

Combined Health And Human Services/Social Work

Acceptance Criteria

TO UNDERGRADUATE PORTION OF DEGREE
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each.

TO GRADUATE PORTION OF DEGREE
Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
Completed eleven of fifteen courses for undergraduate major (see below)
Completed all undergraduate general education requirements.
Completed 93 undergraduate credit hours.
Have significant employment, volunteer, or internship experience in a human service setting. Students are strongly advised to take SSC 496 HS1 Human Services Intern 1.

Advising Notes

Admission to the graduate portion of the degree is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Prerequisite courses listed immediately below are for admission to the undergraduate portion of the program only. Students need a human biology course for successful completion of the graduate program, so they are advised to take BIO 129 Human Biology to meet the biological sciences requirement for the undergraduate portion of the degree. Students must also have related work experience, an extensive volunteer background, or an internship administered through an academic program to be a viable candidate for admission to the MSW portion of the degree.

Prerequisite Courses

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
SSC 103 Introduction to Health and Human Services

Required Courses

One introductory course*
Two analytical skills courses (one statistics course and one methods course)*
One biological sciences course* (BIO 129 Perspectives in Human Biology is strongly recommended)
Three intermediate-level courses, one of which must be PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine*
Two courses from the chosen concentration area

*See Social Sciences Interdisciplinary-BA/Concentration in Health and Human Services chart

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion (health and human services): 33-34

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

Refer to the Graduate School's policies and procedures manual for requirements for masters degree candidates.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall PSY 101, SSC 103 , one introductory course
Spring One statistics course, one intermediate course **

SECOND YEAR
Fall One biological sciences course, one methods course
Spring one intermediate course**, one concentration area course

THIRD YEAR
Fall One intermediate course**, one concentration area course
Spring One internship
**PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine is a required intermediate course.

In the fall semester of the third year, students should apply to the graduate portion of the degree program.

FOURTH AND FIFTH YEARS
Please contact the School of Social Work for information on specific requirements.

Electives and Course Groupings

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - B.A.

Concentration In International Studies

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each.

Advising Notes

The language requirement is an important component of the international studies concentration. Students must display proficiency in a language through the third year as taught at UB. A student's choice of foreign language affects his choice of a regional focus area for his advanced courses in this major.

If a student has already mastered a foreign language before entering college at the level equivalent to that attained by a student at UB completing the third year course, the Romance Languages department or the Linguistics department can certify proficiency. In this case, the student must take three additional courses at the core or advanced level. See the advisor for international studies in the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs regarding these situations.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select 2 courses from a particular section and the student completes 3 courses from that section, all courses will be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

All students must maintain a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the most recently completed semester to remain in good standing.

Transfer students and UB students who have left the university and returned should be aware that no more than 20% of major course work may be over 10 years old. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Substitutions of specific courses may be made with the approval of the Director of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.

Prerequisite Courses

PSC 102 Introduction to International Politics
UGC 112 World Civilizations II

Required Courses

Remaining courses in language requirement
Two introductory courses
Three core courses
Four regional focus courses

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (international studies): 33
(beyond completion of language requirement)

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall PSC 102, first-semester language
Spring UGC 112, second-semester language

SECOND YEAR
Fall Two introductory courses, third-semester language
Spring Two core courses, fourth-semester language

THIRD YEAR
Fall One regional focus course, one core course, fifth-semester language
Spring One regional focus course, sixth-semester language

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One regional focus course
Spring One regional focus course

Electives and Course Groupings

Language Requirement

Chinese: First year--CHI 101-CHI 102 or CHI 104 or CHI 105; second year--CHI 201-CHI 202; third year--CHI 301-CHI 302*
French: First year--FR 101-FR 102 or FR 104; second year--FR 151-FR 152; third year--FR 211-FR 212*
Italian: First year--ITA 101-ITA 102; second year--ITA 151 and ITA 152; third year--ITA 321-ITA 322*
Japanese: First year--JPN 101-JPN 102; second year--JPN 201-JPN 202; third year--JPN 301-JPN 302*
Korean: First year--KOR 101-KOR 102; second year--KOR 201-KOR 202; third year--KOR 301-KOR 302*
Polish: First year--POL 101-POL 102; second year--POL 203-POL 204; third year--POL 305-POL 306*
Russian: First year--RUS 101-RUS 102; second year--RUS 223-RUS 224; third year--RUS 301-RUS 302*
Spanish: First year--SPA 101-SPA 102 or SPA 104 or SPA 171; second year--SPA 151-SPA 152 or SPA 172-SPA 241; third year--SPA 207-SPA 208*

*Students who wish to take other courses in place of the third-year courses listed here should consult with the International Studies adviser in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs.

Introductory Courses

ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
GEO 103 Geography of Economic Systems
PSC 103 Politics Abroad

Core Courses

Two of the following:
PSC 326 War and International Security
PSC 328 Economics and Foreign Policy
PSC 330 International Relations Problems
PSC 333 International Relations Theory
PSC 339 International Law
PSC 341 Political Change
PSC 373 International Futures
PSC 418 The International System
PSC 430 Human Rights

One of the following:
GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business
GEO 333 Bases of World Commerce
GEO 334 International Environments and Commercial Problems

Regional Focus

Four of the following courses from the regional focus appropriate for the foreign language the student has chosen.

MODERN EUROPE (A EUROPEAN LANGUAGE)
ECO 304 Socialist Economies
HIS 299 The Holocaust
HIS 305 Modern Spain, Italy, and Portugal
HIS 313 20th Century Europe
HIS 315 German Culture and Society, 1789-1989
HIS 318 History of Ireland
HIS 319 World Between the Wars
HIS 325 Twentieth-Century Britain, 1901-1974
HIS 340 Topics in German History
HIS 371 Social History of Europe
HIS 388 Women, Gender & Sexuality in Europe - 1789 to the Present
HIS 400 Comparative Fascism
HIS 421 Topics in British History
HIS 423 Problems in Modern European History
HIS 475 War and European Society
POL 324 Poland Today
POL 338 Poland in Europe
PSC 327 The Cold War and After
PSC 340 Politics in Western Europe
PSC 350 Politics of the U.S.S.R.

LATIN AMERICA (SPANISH)
APY 403 Comparing Cultures Worldwide
HIS 302 Latin American Colonial History
HIS 322 Latin America: Culture and History
HIS 328 History of Brazil
HIS 414 Cuban Revolution
HIS 417 Haitian Revolution & the Atlantic World
HIS 433 Latin American Native Peoples
LLS 303 Mainland Puerto Rican Experience
LLS 308 Black Presence in Latin American Culture
PHI 389 Contemporary Latin American Thought
PSC 342 Politics of Developing Nations
PSC 372 Latin American Politics
PSC 438 Civil-Military Relations
SPA 327 Spanish Culture and Civilization
SPA 328 Spanish American Culture and Civilization

ASIA (AN ASIAN LANGUAGE)
APY 265 Peoples of Southeast Asia
APY 362 People and Culture of Japan
APY 366 Peoples of Asia
HIS 334 Islam/Muslim in Modern Southeast Asia
HIS 339 Pearl Harbor: Japan Goes to War
HIS 342 History of Modern South Asia
HIS 368 Modern Japan Since 1600
HIS 391 China and the World
HIS 485 Twentieth-Century China Politics
PSC 355 Asian Politics

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (ARABIC, FRENCH, OR AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE)
AAS 280 Survey of African Studies
AAS 358 Africa Diaspora
APY 361 Anthropology of the Middle East
APY 403 Comparing Cultures Worldwide
HIS 213 African History, 1800-Present
HIS 237 History of Israel and Zionism
PSC 342 Politics of Developing Nations
PSC 370 African Politics
PSC 371 Middle Eastern Politics
PSC 438 Civil-Military Relations

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - B.A.

Concentration In Legal Studies

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each.

Advising Note
Each course taken may be counted only once and applied toward only one requirement (e.g. if PSC 303 is used in section A of the advanced courses it may not be used to also meet a requirement in section B of the advanced courses). Students may use only one semester of internship toward completion of major requirements.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select 2 courses from a particular section and the student completes 3 courses from that section, all courses will be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

All students must maintain a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the most recently completed semester to remain in good standing.

Transfer students and UB students who have left the university and returned should be aware that no more than 20% of major course work may be over 10 years old. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Prerequisite Courses

HIS 161 United States History I or HIS 162 United States History II
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics

Required Courses

Two introductory courses
Two writing skills courses
One analytical skills course
Seven advanced courses, one of which must be PSC 301, PSC 302, PSC 303, or HIS 303


Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (legal studies): 42-43

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall HIS 161 or HIS 162; PSC 101
Spring One introductory course

SECOND YEAR
Fall One introductory course, one writing skills course
Spring One writing skills course, one analytical skills course

THIRD YEAR
Fall Two advanced courses
Spring Two advanced courses

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Two advanced courses
Spring One advanced course

Electives and Course Groupings

Introductory Courses
AAS 293 Race and the Law
APY 262 Anthropology and Justice
GGS 225 Violence in a Gendered World
HIS 216 Crime and Punishment in America
JLS 130 American Jury Trial
JLS 131 Family and Law
JLS 201 Introduction to Law and Legal Process
MFC 332 Paralegal Principles and Procedures
PHI 162 Law, Morality and Authority
PHI 238 Philosophy of Law
PSC 215 Law and the Political Process
PSC 225 Equality and Justice in the United States

Writing Skills Courses
Any 200, 300, or 400 level English course except ENG 201, 301, 496, 497, 498, 499.

Analytical Skills Courses
CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
PHI 115 Critical Thinking
PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic
PSC 200 Empirical Political Science
PSC 408 Basic Statistics for Social Science
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 250 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
SOC 293 Social Research Methods
SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
SSC 213 Social Research Methods
SSC 225 Statistics for Social Sciences
STA 119 Statistical Methods

Advanced Courses
A. Choose one of the following:
HIS 303 U.S. Constitution: Its Origins and Early Development
PSC 301 Cases in Civil Liberties
PSC 302 Protecting Civil Liberties
PSC 303 Constitutional Law

B. Choose Six of the following:
HIS 303 U.S. Constitution: Its Origins and Early Development (if not used in part A)
HIS 480 Topics in Early American Legal and Constitutional History
PHI 338 Law and Morality
PHI 340 Law and Responsibility
PSC 301 Cases in Civil Liberties (if not used in part A)
PSC 302 Protecting Civil Liberties (if not used in part A)
PSC 303 Constitutional Law (if not used in partA)
PSC 304 Legislative Politics
PSC 305 Judicial Politics
PSC 308 Organizational Theory and Political Institutions
PSC 339 International Law
PSC 430 Human Rights
PSC 470 Legal Political Theory
SOC 307 Criminology
SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems
SOC 319 Juvenile Justice
SOC 337 Sociology of Punishment
SOC 373 Sociology of Law
SOC 405 Sociology of Deviance
SSC 406 Law and the Environment
SSC 428 Health Law
SSC 496 COM Community Internship (one semester only)

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - B.A.

Concentration In Urban And Public Policy Studies

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each.

Advising Notes

Students who plan to pursue graduate study in urban planning and design are advised to take the following courses: PD 120 Introduction to Urban Environments, PD 212 Urban and Environmental Planning, PD 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development, PD 312 Design of Cities.

No more than 3 courses from any one department may be used toward completion of the advanced level courses.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select 2 courses from a particular section and the student completes 3 courses from that section, all courses will be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

All students must maintain a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the most recently completed semester to remain in good standing.

Transfer students and UB students who have left the university and returned should be aware that no more than 20% of major course work may be over 10 years old. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Prerequisite Courses

PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Required Courses

Three introductory courses
Two core courses
Two analytical skills courses (one statistics course and one research methods course)
Five advanced courses, including no more than three courses from any one department

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (urban and public policy): 45-46

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall PSC 101, SOC 101
Spring One introductory course

SECOND YEAR
Fall One introductory course, one analytical skills course
Spring One introductory course, one analytical skills course

THIRD YEAR
Fall One core course, one advanced course
Spring One core course, one advanced course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Two advanced courses
Spring One advanced course

Electives and Course Groupings

Introductory Courses
ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECO 209 Introduction to Urban Economics
GEO 103 Geography of Economic Systems
PD 120 Introduction to Urban Environments
SOC 206 Social Problems

Core Courses
GEO 366 Urban Systems Geography (if not taken to meet advanced requirement)
PD 212 Urban and Environmental Planning
PSC 310 Public Administration
PSC 312 Urban Politics
PSC 314 Public Policy Making

Analytical Skills
STATISTICS
CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
SSC 225 Statistics for Social Sciences
STA 119 Statistical Methods

METHODS
PSY 250 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
SOC 293 Social Research Methods
SSC 213 Social Research Methods

Advanced Courses
Note: Students may take no more than three courses from the same department.

APY 427 Comparative Urbanism
ECO 303 Economics of Poverty
GEO 366 Urban Systems Geography (if not taken to meet core requirement)
GEO 367 Urban Social Geography
GEO 418 Population Geography or SOC 329 Population Problems
GEO 419 Transportation and Society
PD 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development (pre-requisite: PD 212)
PD 312 Design of Cities
PSC 308 Organizational Theory in Political Institutions
PSC 315 American Political Economy
SOC 315 Sociology of City Life
SOC 321 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 328 Social Stratification
SOC 331 Sociology of Poverty
SOC 348 Urban Sociology
SOC 381 Contemporary Protest Movements
SSC 317 Environmental Politics
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Non-profits
SSC 496 COM Community Internship

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - Minor

Environmental Studies

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Completion of prerequisite course with a grade of C or better.

Advising Notes

Only one course applied to any other major or minor may be applied to meet the course requirements of this minor.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 in the minor. All courses taken by a student will be used in calculation of the minor GPA. For example, if a section of curriculum requires a student to select 2 courses and the student completes 3 courses from that section, all courses will be used to calculate a student's minor GPA.

All students must maintain a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the most recently completed semester to remain in good standing.

Transfer students and UB students who have left the university and returned should be aware that no more than 20% of major course work may be over 10 years old. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Prerequisite Courses

SSC 118 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Required Courses

One course from social science core
Two courses from natural sciences core
One course from each of the environmental tracks
One additional upper level course

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor (environmental studies): 26

Electives and Course Groupings

SOCIAL SCIENCES CORE
PHI 334 Environmental Ethics
SSC 213 Social Research Methods OR SOC 293 Social Research Methods
SSC 406 Law and the Environment
SSC 442 Environmental Movements

NATURAL SCIENCES CORE
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology (offered fall and summer only)
SSC 315 Field Ecology

ENVIRONMENTAL TRACKS
Environmental Policy
GEO 470 Integrated Enrivonmental Management
PD 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development (pre-requisite: PD 212)
SOC 446 Environmental Sociology
SSC 317 Environmental Politics
SSC 326 Great Lakes Ecology
SSC 360 Environmental Impact Statements
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Non-Profits
SSC 419 Wilderness
Environmental Resources
GEO 350 Landform Field and Lab Techniques
GEO 352 Introduction to Soils
GEO 356 Forest Ecology
GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography
GEO 445 Restoration Ecology
SSC 360 Environmental Impact Statements
SSC 385 Energy, Environment and Society
SSC 493 Ecology of Unique Environments
Environmental Education
GEO 444 Advanced Earth System Science
SSC 238 Science, Religion and Nature
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Non-profits
SSC 448 Animals, Zoos and Ecology
SSC 479 Environmental Education Field Studies (offered summer only)
SSC 496 MEP Environmental Education Practicum II (offered summer only)
SSC 493 The Ecology of Unique Environments

ADDITIONAL UPPER LEVEL COURSE
SSC 496 ENV Environmental Internship
OR
Any additional course from any environmental track

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:11 EST