Skip to main content.

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Legal Studies Concentration - Program Requirements

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

Completing the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Legal 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 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.

Academic Advice

Each course taken may be counted only once and applied toward only one requirement (e.g., PSC 303 may be applied to part A or part B of the advanced section but not to 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.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the SSC/Legal 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

Prerequisite Courses

HIS 161 United States History I or HIS 162 United States History II
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics

Required Courses

Two introductory courses, one of which must be SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Two writing skills courses, one of which must be at the 300/400 level
One analytical skills course
Seven advanced courses, one of which must be from the following list:

Introductory Courses-choose 2

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (required)

Choose one additional course:

  • AAS 293 Race, Law and Society
  • APY 262 Anthropology and Justice
  • GGS 225 Violence in a Gendered World
  • HIS 216 Crime and Punishment in America
  • PHI 105: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHI 162 Law, Morality and Authority
  • PHI 238 Philosophy of Law
  • PSC 215 Law and the Political Process
  • PSC 225 Equality and Justice in the United States

Writing Skills Courses-choose 2

One English course at the 200, 300 or 400 level AND one course at the 300 or 400 level.  Neither writing course can be: ENG 301, ENG 495, ENG 496, ENG 497, ENG 498, ENG 499.

Analytical Skills Courses-choose 1

  • CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
  • PHI 115 Critical Thinking
  • PSC 200 Empirical Political Science
  • PSC 408 Basic Statistics for Social Science
  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
  • PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology
  • SOC 293 Social Research Methods
  • SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
  • SSC 213 Social Research Methods
  • STA 119 Statistical Methods

Advanced Courses-choose 7

Note: Students must take courses from at least two different departments.  A course may be used to meet a requirement in only one section of the Advanced Courses.  Double majors may take no more than 2 advanced courses from the complementary department.

A. Choose one of the following:

B. Choose six of the following:

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the SSC/Legal 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 - Legal Studies Concentration degree
Credits Required for Major42
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 38
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