2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - International Studies Concentration - Program Requirements

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

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Shelley Kimelberg, PhD
Director
(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Completing the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - International Studies Concentration Program

Academic 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 two courses from a particular section and the student completes three courses from that section, all three courses would be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

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.  Proficiency will be certified 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. In this case, the student must take three additional courses at the core or advanced level.

Academic Advice

HIS 142 Civilizations and Beliefs: Global History is a required prerequisite for admission to the SSC/International Studies major. This course is offered in only spring semesters. Students should make registration in this course a priority so admission to the major is not delayed.

Students should enroll for the appropriate level of foreign language in their first semester at UB.

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs does not support joint majors.

Students pursuing a double major may use a maximum of two advanced courses towards both majors. We reserve the right to disallow double majors based on excessive course duplication between the two majors.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the SSC/International Studies major will be accepted to meet major requirements.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any non-articulated transfer or exam credit may be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.

Residency Requirement

At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB.

Prerequisite Courses

PSC 102 Introduction to International Politics

HIS 142 Civilizations and Beliefs: Global History (offered spring only)

Required Courses

Remaining courses in language requirement
Two introductory courses
Three core courses - two political science and one geography
Four regional focus courses

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; 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 - choose 2

ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies
PSC 103 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Core Courses - choose 3

Two of the following:

PSC 326 War and International Security
PSC 328 International Political Economy
PSC 330 International Relations Problems
PSC 333 International Relations Theory
PSC 339 International Law
PSC 341 Political Regime 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 International Trade
GEO 334 International Business Cultures

Regional Focus - choose 4

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 and History
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 Inter-War Crisis, 1919-1939
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 Varieties of Fascism
HIS 421 Topics in British History
HIS 423 Problems in Modern European History
HIS 475 The Great 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 Post-Soviet States

LATIN AMERICA (SPANISH)

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
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 People of Southeast Asia
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
HIS 213 African History, 1800-Now
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

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the SSC/International Studies major is eligible for departmental honors based on her/his University at Buffalo grade point average. Honors levels are Distinction with a GPA of 3.25 to 3.49, High Distinction with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 and Highest Distinction with a GPA of 3.75 or higher. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major must be completed at UB to be eligible for department honors.

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major55
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  34
Additional Credits Required for Electives 31
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


 Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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

Published: August 16, 2018 09:20:01 AM