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Special Studies BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 49.00 INTERDISC UNCLASSIFIED, CIP: 30.9999 Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other)

Special Major Program

College of Arts & Sciences
Student Advisement and Services
275 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4100

Darren Portis
Senior Academic Advisor

Associated Programs

Completing the Special Studies BA Program

Minimum 2.000 GPA overall required for graduation.
Minimum 2.000 GPA in major courses required for graduation.

Academic Requirements

When proposing a special major, a statement of intent and purpose must be written. This statement serves as the rationale for the individualized program of study. The statement specifies the ways in which curricular resources have been selected and combined in support of the proposed major. The coursework must demonstrate both breadth and depth in the student's topical area. While a specific number of courses is not prescribed, it is assumed that a special major will reflect the rigor of existing baccalaureate programs and uphold the academic standards set forth by the University. The special major may not replicate any existing degree program in the university. Special majors cannot be used to propose academic concentrations similar to existing university programs with the intention of circumventing specific requirements. Special majors cannot be proposed in areas where certification or licensure is required by state or professional boards of accreditation.

Academic Advice

The special major proposal is a well-conceived and deliberately-formulated plan of study in which the student, in consultation with faculty sponsors, defines his or her educational objectives. The special major integrates specific kinds of knowledge into a cohesive whole; it is not simply a collection of courses. Faculty sponsors selected to assist the student in the development of the special major must have expertise in the chosen field(s) of study and must be appointed at least at the assistant professor level in a tenure-track appointment.

The proposal process for a special major can take a full academic term or more to obtain approval. Therefore, students cannot declare a special major after they have begun their junior year at the university. The ideal time to submit a completed proposal is during the sophomore year.

Special majors cannot be proposed in health sciences or any other areas where certification or licensure is required by state or professional boards of accreditation.

Transfer Credit Policy

Approximately one-half of a student's special major curriculum must be completed at UB.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses for the special major program. However, there may be prerequisites for courses being proposed for the special major curriculum.

Required Courses

Required courses are those which have been proposed by the student and approved by the Committee and the Dean. Therefore, each special major curriculum will have its own unique set of requirements.

Acceptance to the special major does not guarantee access to major courses in departments that limit their enrollments to majors only. It is the student's responsibility to negotiate with the respective departments for enrollment in restricted courses that are integral to the proposed major's curriculum.

Total Credit Hours Required

The number of required credit hours for the major will vary considerably, depending upon the type of program being developed. It is assumed that the special major curriculum will reflect the rigor of existing baccalaureate programs of a similar nature at UB or other universities. The minimum number of credit hours required within the major is 36 credit hours for a BA. Most proposed majors exceed this minimum requirement. SUNY requires a minimum of eight upper-division courses for all bachelor's degrees. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits including major courses and university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:06:13