Skip to main content.

Special Studies BS

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

Special Studies Program

106 Capen Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

Jessica Seabury
Senior Assistant Director

Associated Programs

Why study Special Studies BS at UB?

The Special Studies Program was developed to provide capable students with an opportunity to create their own academic majors. Students initiate and develop their own programs under the guidance of two faculty members and an advisor and then obtain approval from the Special Studies Committee.

Although the special studies program is individualized and often completely original, there are several concentrations or themes that have emerged over the years. Whereas these themes do not yet correspond to existing academic majors, there are nonetheless impressive curricular and faculty resources to support them.

Learning Outcomes

Because each special major is unique, the learning outcomes will differ by program design and are best thought of as the synthesis of the learning outcomes of individual courses within the major curriculum.

The Learning Environment

The special studies program is not an academic department and offers no classes of its own.

About Our Facilities

The special studies program offers no classes of its own and therefore has no facilities related to course offerings.

About Our Faculty

The special studies program offers no classes of its own and therefore has no teaching faculty.

Faculty List Directory

The special studies program does not have its own teaching faculty.

Career Outlook

Career opportunities for special major graduates are as varied as the special majors that are proposed and approved. Students are advised to seek guidance from their faculty sponsors and Career Design Center to develop strategies for a successful transition to relevant employment or graduate study in a related field. Special majors cannot be proposed in any areas where certification or licensure is required by state or professional boards of accreditation, i.e. Veterinary Technician, Physician Assistant, etc. Special majors may not suggest that the student is acquiring professional competence as a therapist. Major concentrations titled Art Therapy, Psychotherapy, etc. are prohibited.

Academic Advising

Students interested in the special studies program should first consult with the special studies advisor, who will describe the steps necessary to complete the application.

The ideal time to develop a special proposal is during the sophomore year. Students with advanced standing may be too far along in their studies to construct a deliberately-formulated program of study. Submitting proposals in the last semester of the student's matriculation or after the completion of all coursework violates the special studies essential deliberative and consultative nature and may jeopardize a student's ability to graduate. The committee is not obligated to consider proposals that are submitted in the student's final year or ex post facto.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Jessica Seabury
Senior Assistant Director
University Honors College
106 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-3020
Email Jessica Seabury

Associated Programs

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:51:10