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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Legal Studies Concentration

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

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

Legal Studies is one of five concentration areas in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary major. It provides students the opportunity to study legal institutions, legal processes and the role of law in society. It examines the political, social and philosophical development of law. The program offers a multidisciplinary perspective on the law in its social and political context.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this concentration will:

  • Possess a basic narrative of American history.
  • Understand the basic structures, functions and principles of American government.
  • Understand law in an historical, political, or philosophical perspective.
  • Understand aspects of the role of law in regulating behavior, the relation of law to politics, social structure, race, gender, and class.
  • Develop writing skills and analytical skills associated with the evaluation of data or patterns of argument.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the US Constitution, impact of the US Constitution on American law and life, the evolution of constitutional interpretation, the role of the courts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the systems through which law is created, changed and administered; law in transnational contexts, the institutions of the law and law as a social phenomenon; the law’s dynamic relation with health, welfare, and the environment.

The Learning Environment

The SSC/Legal Studies major is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. 

Courses in the SSC/Legal Studies major are taught in both large lecture and small seminar formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 180-450 students per class. Intermediate and upper level courses enroll 30 to 80 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The office for SSC/Legal 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 various departments such as history, sociology, political science and English. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

In addition SSC has approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields. They provide a diverse selection of courses related to their areas of expertise. There is one teaching assistant in the program who is responsible for teaching social research methods each semester.

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/Legal Studies major are prepared to work in law enforcement, law offices, government and business. Students have reported obtaining employment with the Office of the NYS Attorney General, the New York State Police, the New York City Police Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NYS Mental Hygiene Legal Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various law offices.The interdisciplinary structure of the major prepares students to go on to advanced study in criminal justice, political science, human services, social work, journalism, and law school. Students have gone on to advanced studies at Buffalo State College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Penn State, SUNY Buffalo and Brooklyn College.

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 five 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:

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:06:11