2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Legal Studies Concentration - Program Requirements

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

203 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670
716-645-2245 x0
716-645-3640
sscidp.buffalo.edu
Shelley Kimelberg, PhD
Director
(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Completing the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Legal 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 major 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.

Academic Advice

Each course taken may be counted only once and applied toward only one requirement (e.g., PSC 303 may be applied to part A or part B of the advanced section but not to both).

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. For example a student completing a double major between an SSC major and sociology may take only two advanced level sociology courses for completion of the SSC major. The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs reserves the right to disallow any double major based on excessive course duplication between the two majors.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the SSC/Legal 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

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, one of which must be SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Two writing skills courses
One analytical skills course
Seven advanced courses, one of which must be PSC 301, PSC 302 or PSC 303

Introductory Courses-choose 2

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (required)

Choose one additional course:
AAS 293 Race, Law and Society
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 The Family and the Law
JLS 201 Introduction to Law and Legal Process
PHI 105: Contemporary Moral Problems
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-choose 2

One English course at the 200, 300 or 400 level AND one course at the 300 or 400 level.  Neither writing course can be: ENG 201, 301, 495, 496, 497, 498, 499.

Analytical Skills Courses-choose 1

CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
PHI 115 Critical Thinking
PSC 200 Empirical Political Science
PSC 408 Basic Statistics for Social Science
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
SOC 293 Social Research Methods
SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
SSC 213 Social Research Methods
STA 119 Statistical Methods

Advanced Courses-choose 7

Note: Students must take courses from at least two different departments.  A course may be used to meet a requirement in only one section of the Advanced Courses.  Double majors may take no more than 2 advanced courses from the complementary department.

A. Choose one of the following:
PSC 301 Cases in Civil Liberties
PSC 302 Protecting Civil Liberties
PSC 303 Constitutional Law

B. Choose six of the following:
GGS 353 Law Interprets Gender: The U.S. Experience
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 part A)
PSC 304 Legislative Politics
PSC 305 Judicial Politics
PSC 339 International Law
PSC 401 Advanced Civil Liberties
PSC 406 Supreme Court Seminar
PSC 430 Human Rights
PSC 470 Legal Political Theory
PSC 480 Advanced Constitutional Law
SOC 307 Criminology
SOC 311 Drugs and Society
SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems
SOC 319 Juvenile Justice
SOC 337 Sociology of Punishment
SOC 343 Gender and Crime
SOC 345 Sociology of Deviance
SOC 357 Race, Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC 366 Crime and Popular Culture
SOC 373 Law and Society
SSC 406 Law and the Environment
SSC 428 Health Law
SSC 443 Law, Legal Writing, and Advocacy
SSC 496 COM Community Internship (one semester only)

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the SSC/Legal 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 Major42
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 38
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


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

Published: August 16, 2018 10:49:59 AM