Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - International Studies Concentration

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

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

Why study Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - International Studies Concentration at UB?

The SSC/International Studies major is designed for students who want to develop a global understanding of the world today.  The major is rooted in the belief that significant language competence is fundamental to international competence and that interdisciplinary study provides a deeper understanding of the world’s events. The major combines introductory surveys of world history and international politics with a focused understanding of a particular geographic region: Europe, Latin America, Asia or Africa and the Middle East. Students may be studying the history, politics, culture or religion in their exploration of the chosen region.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this concentration students will:

  • Understand aspects of the people, forces and ideas that have shaped world development: nationalism, imperialism, power diplomacy, ideological conflict; comparative political systems 
  • Understand contemporary and historical international relations
  • Have advanced, non-English language competency associated with completion of the third year of language study at UB
  • Understand economic principles, globalization of economic systems, the interrelation of economic, spatial, and political factors in modernization and development
  • Understand core concepts in international relations, international law, human rights, regional and spatial aspects of economic development, international trade from two disciplinary perspectives
  • Understand multiple aspects of recent economic, political, commercial development of a world region: modern Europe, Latin America, Asia or Africa and the Middle East

The Learning Environment

The SSC/International Studies major is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. There are approximately 40 students enrolled currently as SSC/International Studies majors.

Courses in the SSC/International Studies major are taught in both large lecture and seminar formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 180-450 students per class. Foreign Language, core and and upper level courses enroll 24 to 100 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The office for SSC/International Studies is in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Students take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences allowing them to interact with faculty from a number of departments such as history, political science, global gender studies, geography and various foreign language departments. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students who graduate from the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary/International Studies major are prepared to work in not-for-profit agencies, law enforcement, government and the military. Students have reported obtaining employment with the Ethiopian Management Institute, SOS International Medical and Travel Security, International Rescue Committee, U.S Immigration and Naturalization Services and Academic Travel Abroad.

The interdisciplinary structure of the major prepares students to go on to advanced study in international relations, political science, and law school. Students have gone on to advanced studies at SUNY Albany, American Military University, SUNY Buffalo and University of Central Florida.

Academic Advising

Admission to the major and advisement for students are coordinated through the program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. There is at least one advisor assigned to each major area. We provide advisement for students on major and university requirements. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call our office at (716) 645-2245 ext. 0 to make an appointment with an advisor in your major area of interest.

Scholarships and Financial Support

With the help of its alumni donors, SSC has established a Study Abroad Award to encourage undergraduate students who are in one of the six SSC majors to pursue an opportunity to study abroad. The award is available for study abroad in fall, spring or summer semesters.

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including:

Published: August 16, 2018 09:20:01 AM