- The Learning Environment
The Learning Environment
How instruction is delivered throughout the department varies depending on the course level. Introductory courses can be large. Often these courses boast of class sizes of more than 200 students. Instruction in these courses is primarily lecture-based. Smaller, typically upper-division courses (under 50 students), can admit of a mixture of both lecture and more discussion-based instruction. With independent study or internship offerings, students meet one-on-one with a faculty member to work toward meeting course goals. Some courses meeting the methods of inquiry requirement for the major require a lab. Online courses are typically offered every semester as well as over the winter term and the summer.
About Our Facilities
The department of political science has two dedicated classroom spaces within the department that are used for upper-division seminars. Other classes are held in centrally-scheduled instructional facilities across UB’s North Campus.
About Our Faculty
The department has a faculty of 12 full-time members, all of whom have PhDs and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. University honors awarded for excellence in teaching to several members of the faculty demonstrate the high quality of teaching. Our faculty is professionally active, nationally recognized, and very accessible. The faculty have published with many leading university presses, and their work has appeared in the leading professional journals. One faculty member is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, two are UB Distinguished Professors, and several have won awards for their teaching and research. Several have had grants from the NSF, and one served as the political science program director at NSF. Two faculty members have served as American Political Science Association congressional fellows. Several have served on the editorial boards of major scholarly journals, and within the governing bodies of regional and subfield organizations in the discipline.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Political Science department website for additional information about our faculty.