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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science BA - General Concentration

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Course Requirements

Ten Political Science General Concentration Core Courses (30-31 credits)

Eight (24 credits) of the ten must be at the 300/400 level.

Three Political Science Field Courses

From among the four fields of: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics and Public Law.

Six Political Science Electives

  • 6 PSC courses (18 credits), at least 4 of which (12 credits) must be at the 300/400-level.
  • UB Seminars (198/199) are excluded.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) can be from: PSC 496 , PSC 497  and PSC 499 

Total Credits Required for Major: 36-37

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall and in the major required for graduation.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.000 overall and in the major is required for all internships.

Transfer Credit Policy

The department gives transfer credit for a maximum of five political science courses. 

Program Honors and Program Distinction

Students must have at least a 3.250 GPA and complete one of the following courses: PSC 492 , PSC 495 , PSC 497 , or (with the permission of the instructor) any graduate seminar with a grade of B or better. Students must also meet the remaining Program Honors criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy

Majors who do not pursue a thesis but have exceptional grades are eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met.  These criteria are also found in the Academic Honors policy

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Second Year Fall

  • PSC Methods of Inquiry Credits: 3
  • Math and Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy 1 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy Lab Credits: 1

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Spring

  • PSC Field Requirement Credits: 3
  • PSC Elective Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

  • PSC Field Requirement Credits: 3  
  • PSC Elective Credits: 3
  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Fall

  • PSC Elective 300/400 Level Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • PSC Elective 300/400 Level Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Developing writing skills to intellectually communicate their ideas and research findings about political topics
    • Develop the ability to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively in writing
    • Develop the ability to effectively take a position and defend an argument against criticism
      ​Be able to write an essay or paper presenting a clear thesis supported by relevant research
  • Develop the analytical skills necessary to think critically about political, social, and economic behavior
    • Be able to identify and critically evaluate the arguments of scholarly research in political science.
    • Engage in conceptual analysis and theoretical interpretation of political ideas and phenomena
    • Develop the ability to analyze a scholarly question in political science by drawing logical inferences from qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Develop an understanding of their role as an engaged citizen in a democratic political system
    • Be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of government policies
    • Develop an awareness of the global dynamics that influence the context of domestic and international politics
    • Develop the ability to apply social scientific reasoning in the analysis of a wide range of political issues and problems

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