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Global Affairs BA

(HEGIS: 22.10 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, CIP: 30.2001 International/Globalization Studies)

Department of Political Science

520 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4120

Jacob Kathman

Why study Global Affairs BA at UB?

In pursuing a BA in Global Affairs UB students will study and answer important questions related to international politics, covering issues of power, global policies, international law, and economics. 

Students interested in international relations, global economic development, human rights, conflict, international law, political economy and international organizations are well-suited for a BA in Global Affairs. This degree will help students prepare for a career working with non-governmental organizations, international organizations, government service, graduate school or law school among other alternatives. Within the degree, students may take courses from the Political Science, Economics, Communication, and Sociology Departments. The degree also allows students flexibility in designing a curriculum to meet individual needs. 

A BA in Global Affairs is an excellent complement to other BA degrees including Political Science, Economics, Linguistics, History, Sociology, and Communication among others.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Developing writing skills to intellectually communicate their ideas and research findings about domestic and international political, social, communicative and economic topics.
    • Develop the ability to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively in writing.
    • Develop the ability to effectively take a position and defend an argument against criticism.
    • Be able to write an essay or paper presenting a  clear thesis supported by relevant research.
  • Develop the analytical skills necessary to think critically about political, social, communicative and economic behavior.
    • Be able to identify and critically evaluate the arguments of scholarly research in global affairs and political science.
    • Engage in conceptual analysis and theoretical interpretation political, social, communicative and economic ideas and phenomena.
    • Develop the ability to analyze a scholarly question in study areas by drawing logical inferences from qualitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Develop an understanding of their role as an engaged citizen in domestic and international political systems.
    • Be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of domestic and international political and economic policies.
    • Develop an awareness of the global dynamics that influence the context of domestic and international politics.
    • Develop an understanding of international communication, laws, and organization.
    • Develop the ability to apply social scientific reasoning in the analysis of a wide range of domestic and international issues and problems.
    • Develop an awareness of political systems, governments, institutions and policies around the globe.

The Learning Environment

Four departments including Political Science, Sociology, Communication, and Economics contribute classes to the degree. The learning environment is typical of most social sciences degrees with courses including lecture, discussion, and occasionally simulation and debate components. Students are provided with the tools to gain knowledge and develop an analytical tool-set in a classroom environment. Some components of the learning experience may be completed online.

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About Our Faculty

The Political Science Department has a faculty of 18 full-time members, all of whom have PhDs. University honors awarded for excellence in teaching to several members of the faculty demonstrate the high quality of teaching. Our faculty members are professionally active, nationally recognized, and very accessible. The faculty have published with many leading university presses, and their work has appeared in the leading professional journals. One faculty member is a UB Distinguished Professor, several have won awards for their teaching and research, and many have secured grants and awards for their research. Our faculty have served on the editorial boards of major scholarly journals and within the governing bodies of regional and subfield organizations in the discipline.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Political Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

This program will serve undergraduate students who would like to gain knowledge of global affairs across many different areas of study. In doing so, students will achieve competency in analytical techniques to study global political phenomena. The analytical tools mastered in a Social Sciences degree paired with an understanding and knowledge of substantive political, economic, sociological, and communication topics in global perspective are in high demand for careers in private enterprise, non-profits, and local, state, and federal government positions. The degree prepares students to immediately join the workforce and/or to establish a strong foundation for post-graduate education.

Academic Advising

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. The department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies or Undergraduate Coordinator will be happy to help you navigate departmental requirements as you work toward satisfying a particular concentration within the major, or if you have questions about transfer credits, internship opportunities, or graduate study in political science.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Professor Rachael Hinkle
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email Rachael Hinkle

Pamela Menshel
Undergraduate Coordinator
Email Pamela Menshel

Scholarships and Financial Support

Political Science does not offer any department-specific scholarships or avenues for financial support.

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:32