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Political Science BA - American Politics and Public Affairs Concentration - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 22.07 POLITICAL SCI & GOVERN, CIP: 45.1001 Political Science and Government, General)

Becoming a Political Science BA - American Politics and Public Affairs Concentration Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2019 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average GPA range from 90-96, an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT score of 1180-1350.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All freshmen who select Political Science BA on their UB application are listed as approved majors. New students will be contacted by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services office regarding initial course registration after paying their tuition deposit and completing the online Orientation Data Form.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students should apply for admission to the major in political science no later than the beginning of their junior year. To become eligible, students must have completed two political science courses with a minimum GPA of 2.000, and have a minimum UB GPA of 2.000. Applicants should bring a copy of their current academic advisement report directly to the Department of Political Science. Prospective majors are encouraged to complete the department's required courses: PSC 101 during their first semester, and PSC 200 or PSC 393 or PSC 408 during their second semester.

Suggested Introductory Courses

PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics

Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:06:08