2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Urban and Public Policy 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
Susan L. Smith, PhD
Director
(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Completing the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Urban and Public Policy 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.

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).

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

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university's transfer admission GPA requirements. Applications are then forwarded to the IDP office for review and major course equivalency evaluation. Newly admitted transfer students who have completed the prerequisite requirements or who enter with 60 or more transfer credit hours are accepted to the major on a provisional basis, with full admission dependent upon completion of prerequisite requirements and attaining a minimum UB GPA of 2.0 within a specified time frame.

Residency Requirement

Prerequisite Courses

PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Required Courses

Three introductory courses
One statistics courses
One research methods course
Seven advanced courses, one of which must be END 212, GEO 366, GEO 367, PSC 314 or SOC 348

Students who plan to pursue graduate study in urban planning and design are advised to take the following courses: END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning, END 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development, END 312 Design of Cities.

Introductory Courses - (Choose 3)

ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECO 209 Introduction to Urban Economics
GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies
END 120 Introduction to Urban Environments
SOC 206 Social Problems

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 250 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
SOC 293 Social Research Methods
SSC 213 Social Research Methods

Advanced Courses – (Choose 7)

Note: Students may take no more than three courses from the same department. A course may be used to meet a requirement in only one section of the Advanced Courses.


Section 1 - take one course
END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning
GEO 366 Urban Systems Geography
GEO 367 Urban Social Geography
PSC 314 Public Policy Making
SOC 348 Urban Sociology

Section 2 - take six courses
APY 427 Comparative Urbanism
ECO 303 Economics of Poverty
END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning (if not taken above)
END 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development
END 312 Design of Cities
GEO 366 Urban Systems Geography (if not taken above)
GEO 367 Urban Social Geography (if not taken above)
GEO 418 Population Geography or SOC 329 Population Problems
GEO 419 Transportation and Society
PSC 308 Organizational Theory in Political Institutions
PSC 310 Public Administration
PSC 312 Urban Politics
PSC 314 Public Policy Making (if not taken above)
PSC 315 American Political Economy
SOC 315 Sociology of City Life
SOC 321 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 328 Social Stratification
SOC 331 Sociology of Wealth and Poverty
SOC 341 Environment and Society
SOC 342 Social Groups in Urban Space
SOC 348 Urban Sociology (if not taken above)
SOC 360 Political Sociology
SOC 384 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
SSC 317 Environmental Politics
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Non-profits
SSC 496 COM Community Internship

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major  43
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum   39
Additional Credits Required for Electives  39
Total Credits Required for Degree 121


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

Curricular Plan / Degree Map

View the Curricular Plan for Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA -Urban and Public Policy Studies Concentration which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

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
Susan L. Smith, PhD
Director
(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)
Published: November 17, 2017 09:59:32 AM