Oct 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

International Studies BA

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Students in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - International Studies Concentration program can request to be moved to the International Studies BA. 

The problems and events in today’s world are “far too complex to only assess them through a narrow lens,” as one of our students said. That’s why we developed this program-for people who want a global understanding of the world, and value a broad, interdisciplinary approach. If you love learning about different cultures and foreign languages-and you want the flexibility to explore different topics within international studies-then keep reading.

Visit the Social Science Interdisciplinary academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Social Science Interdisciplinary department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the International Studies BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Request to Change a Major - Form.

Course Requirements

Four Issues and Themes (12 credits):

Four Regions and Cultures (12 credits)

Choose four courses from any area.

Modern Europe

Language Requirement (3-18 credits)**

Students must complete a Language of their choice through the second year coursework.

Chinese: Second Year

Korean: First Year


*Students must earn a grade of C or better in both Required Courses (PSC 102 and HIS 142).

**Students who demonstrate language proficiency through the equivalent of the second year, are required to take 3 credits of additional 300-400 courses listed in the major.

Total Credits Required for Major: 39-55

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

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 the 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.

For students not continuously registered at UB, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of the major.

The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs do not support joint majors.

Students pursuing a double major may only overlap a total of two courses at the 300- or 400-level.

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs. At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

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: 14 or 15

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 3 Credits: 4
  • Introductory Course Credits: 3
  • Introductory Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Spring

  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 4 Credits: 4
  • Issues and Themes 1 Credits: 3
  • Math & Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4

Total Credits: 17

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Third Year Spring

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Regions and Cultures 1 Credits: 3
  • Issues and Themes 4 Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

  • Regions and Cultures 2 Credits: 3
  • Regions and Cultures 3 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • Regions and Cultures 4 Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 120

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this concentration students will:

  • Understand aspects of the people, forces and ideas that have shaped world development: nationalism, imperialism, power diplomacy, ideological conflict; comparative political systems.
  • Understand contemporary and historical international relations.
  • Have advanced, non-English language competency associated with completion of the third year of language study at UB.
  • Understand economic principles, globalization of economic systems, the interrelation of economic, spatial, and political factors in modernization and development.
  • Understand core concepts in international relations, international law, human rights, regional and spatial aspects of economic development, international trade from two disciplinary perspectives.
  • Understand multiple aspects of recent economic, political, commercial development of a world region: modern Europe, Latin America, Asia or Africa and the Middle East.

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