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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - International Studies Concentration - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Completing the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - International Studies Concentration 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 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.

The language requirement is an important component of the international studies concentration. Students must display proficiency in a language through the third year as taught at UB. Proficiency will be certified if a student has already mastered a foreign language before entering college at the level equivalent to that attained by a student at UB completing the third year course. In this case, the student must take three additional courses in the major at the core or advanced level.

Academic Advice

HIS 142 and PSC 102 are required prerequisites for admission to the SSC/International Studies major. Students should make registration in these courses a priority so admission to the major is not delayed. Students can view the course schedule for more information on when these courses will be offered.

Students should enroll for the appropriate level of foreign language in their first semester at UB.

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.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the SSC/International Studies major will be accepted to meet major requirements.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any non-articulated transfer 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 a major program in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.

Residency Requirement

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

Prerequisite Courses

PSC 102 Introduction to International Politics
HIS 142 Civilizations and Beliefs: Global History (offered spring only)

Required Courses

Remaining courses in language requirement
Two introductory courses
Three core courses - two political science and one geography
Four regional focus courses

Language Requirement

Chinese: First year--CHI 101-CHI 102 or CHI 104 or CHI 105; second year--CHI 201-CHI 202; third year--CHI 301-CHI 302*
French: First year--FR 101-FR 102 or FR 104; second year--FR 151-FR 152; third year--FR 211-FR 212*
Italian: First year--ITA 101-ITA 102; second year--ITA 151 and ITA 152; third year--ITA 321-ITA 322*
Japanese: First year--JPN 101-JPN 102; second year--JPN 201-JPN 202; third year--JPN 301-JPN 302*
Korean: First year--KOR 101-KOR 102; second year--KOR 201-KOR 202; third year--KOR 301-KOR 302*
Polish: First year--POL 101-POL 102; second year--POL 203-POL 204; third year--POL 305-POL 306*
Russian: First year--RUS 101-RUS 102; second year--RUS 223-RUS 224; third year--RUS 301-RUS 302*
Spanish: First year--SPA 101-SPA 102 or SPA 104 or SPA 171; second year--SPA 151-SPA 152 or SPA 172; third year--SPA 207-SPA 208*
*Students who wish to take other courses in place of the third-year courses listed here should consult with the International Studies adviser in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs.

Introductory Courses - choose 2

  • ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies
  • PSC 103 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Core Courses - choose 3

Two of the following:

One of the following:

  • GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business 
  • GEO 333 International Trade
  • GEO 334 International Business Cultures

Regional Focus - choose 4

Four of the following courses from the regional focus appropriate for the foreign language the student has chosen.

MODERN EUROPE (A EUROPEAN LANGUAGE) 

  • HIS 294 The Holocaust and History
  • HIS 305 Modern Spain, Italy, and Portugal 
  • HIS 313 20th Century Europe 
  • HIS 315 German Culture and Society, 1789-1989 
  • HIS 318 History of Ireland
  • HIS 319 Inter-War Crisis, 1919-1939
  • HIS 325 Twentieth-Century Britain, 1901-1974 
  • HIS 340 Topics in German History 
  • HIS 371 Social History of Europe 
  • HIS 388 Women, Gender & Sexuality in Europe - 1789 to the Present
  • HIS 400 Varieties of Fascism 
  • HIS 421 Topics in British History 
  • HIS 423 Problems in Modern European History 
  • HIS 475 The Great War and European Society 
  • POL 324 Poland Today 
  • POL 338 Poland in Europe 
  • PSC 340 Politics in Western Europe 
  • PSC 350 Politics of Post-Soviet States

LATIN AMERICA (SPANISH)

  • HIS 302 Latin American Colonial History
  • HIS 322 Latin America: Culture and History 
  • HIS 328 History of Brazil
  • HIS 414 Cuban Revolution 
  • HIS 417 Haitian Revolution & the Atlantic World
  • HIS 433 Latin American Native Peoples
  • LLS 303 Mainland Puerto Rican Experience 
  • LLS 308 Black Presence in Latin American Culture 
  • PSC 342 Politics of Developing Nations 
  • PSC 438 Civil-Military Relations 
  • SPA 327 Spanish Culture and Civilization 
  • SPA 328 Spanish American Culture and Civilization

ASIA (AN ASIAN LANGUAGE)

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (ARABIC, FRENCH, OR AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE)

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the SSC/International Studies 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 major 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 Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - International Studies Concentration degree
Credits Required for Major55
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  34
Additional Credits Required for Electives 31
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: Oct 13, 2020 13:06:11