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Urban and Public Policy Studies BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.1201 Urban Studies/Affairs)

Completing the Urban and Public Policy Studies BA Program

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in the Urban and Public Policy Studies curriculum will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if the 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 the student's major GPA.

Academic Advice

Each course taken may be counted only once and applied toward only one requirement (e.g. SOC 348 may be used as a required advanced course or an advanced elective but not both).

The Urban and Public Policy Studies major may not be combined with any other major to form a joint major.

Students pursuing a double major may use a maximum of two advanced (300- or 400-level) courses towards both majors. For example a student completing a double major between Urban and Public Policy Studies and Sociology may apply only two advanced level sociology courses toward completion of the Urban and Public Policy Studies major.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the Urban and Public Policy Studies major will be accepted to meet major requirements.

Students should consult with a departmental advisor to determine how any non-articulated transfer courses 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 the coursework applied to the Urban and Public Policy Studies major. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Residency Requirement

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

Prerequisite Courses

There are no Prerequisite Courses required for admission into the Urban and Public Policy Studies BA degree program.

Required Courses

Required Courses (PSC 101 and SOC 101 must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.)
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Introductory Courses (Choose 3)

Statistics (Choose 1)

  • CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
  • SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
  • STA 119 Statistical Methods

Research Methods (Choose 1)

  • PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
  • SOC 293 Social Research Methods 
  • SSC 213 Social Research Methods 

Advanced Courses (Choose 8)
Note: No more than three courses from the same department may be used in this section. A course maybe used to meet a requirement in only one section of the Advanced Courses. Many advanced courses have prerequisites. Consult course catalog for more information.

Section 1 (Choose 1)

Section 2 (Choose 7)

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the SSC/Urban and Public Policy major is eligible for departmental honors based on her/his major grade point average. 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. Honors levels are Distinction with a GPA of 3.250 to 3.490, High Distinction with a GPA of 3.500 to 3.740 and Highest Distinction with a GPA of 3.750 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

Total credit hours required for the Urban and Public Policy Studies BA degree
Credits Required for Major46
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  36
Additional Credits Required for Electives 38
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.

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: May 26, 2020 15:54:54