Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Urban And Public Policy Studies - About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria
Minimum UB GPA of 2.0.
Minimum grade of "C" in PSC 101 and SOC 101.

Acceptance Information
Deadlines: Rolling
Number of accepted majors (2014-2015): 4
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 10

Degree Requirements
Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

Each of the Interdisciplinary Degree Programs' concentrations offers a curriculum that allows students to combine coursework from three or more departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. There are also options to incorporate courses from other areas of the university allowing students to obtain a broad range of skills and education.

The typical class size for:
Freshman/introductory courses is: 50-200
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 40-50
Upper level/advanced courses is: 35-40

In the IDP, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?
Many courses in the social sciences interdisciplinary program's curricula originate in other departments, where teaching assistants may be assigned instructional or grading duties.

Suggested Introductory Courses
  • ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • GEO 103 Geography of Economic Systems
  • END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments
  • PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

About Our Faculty

The IDP faculty, though limited in number, not only teach courses applicable to the program's degree tracks, but are also involved in advising IDP majors, a function that is vitally important for students selecting courses from a number of different departments.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

The IDP's concentrations offer an opportunity to focus studies on a particular topic whose breadth and diversity overlap several departments.


The program in Urban and Public Policy Studies includes an opportunity for practical fieldwork through an internship experience.

Extracurricular Activities

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Program and Courses

Majors that Complement Urban and Public Policy Studies

Minors that Complement Urban and Public Policy Studies

Links to Further Information About this Program

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