The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC) and the Graduate School of Social Work have developed a combined degree program between SSC's Health and Human Services concentration and Social Work's Master of Social Work. It is a 5-year program that leads to a combined BA/MSW degree. Only Health and Human Services students with junior standing, who have met the minimum admission requirements, are eligible to apply to this competitive program. More information on this program may be obtained through the SSC office.
The Health and Human Services (HHS) major within in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs studies the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities in need, the problems affecting those individuals and communities, and the professions and professionals providing services.
For information on the program, vision and focus of the graduate portion of the degree please visit the webpage for the Graduate School of Social Work.
For information on the skills and competencies required for certification and acquired through completion of this joint degree please see the Graduate School of Social Work webpage.
The undergraduate SSC/Health and Human Services major is designed to offer choice and flexibility in completing the undergraduate portion of the degree while simultaneously preparing students for the academic rigor and personal commitment needed to succeed in graduate school.
Courses in the undergraduate major are taught in both large lecture and small seminar formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 40-450 students per class. Intermediate and community mental health courses enroll 40 to 250 students per class.
The SSC/Health and Human Services major is housed in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The Graduate School of Social Work may be found in 685 Baldy Hall, just two buildings away from Clemens Hall. Classes are held in traditional classrooms, lecture halls and small seminar rooms that can accommodate the programs’ teaching philosophies.
Students in SSC/Health and Human Services take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments such as psychology, sociology, and biology. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.
In addition IDP has approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields. There is one teaching assistant in the program who is responsible for teaching social research methods each semester.
For information on the faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work, their research interests and areas of teaching please visit the School of Social Work department website.
For information on alumni of the Graduate School of Social Work (SW), placement services and job outlook please see the Department of Social work webpage or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs provides advisement on major and university requirements while a student is an undergraduate. Once a student is admitted to the Graduate School of Social Work all advisement will be done through that office.
Please call our office at 716-645-2245 ext. 0 to make an appointment with an advisor regarding the undergraduate requirements for the degree.
Students in the undergraduate portion of the program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including:
- UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships
- Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
- UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards
For information on funding your graduate education please visit the School of Social Work webpage.