The BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Political Science emphasizes the scientific foundation of political science and theory. The program is flexible, designed to provide students with the opportunity to tailor coursework, research experience and experiential learning to their particular interests, and to pursue an additional major or minor. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers, as well as graduate study in psychology and related fields, such as law, business or education.
Students who wish to pursue a BA in Political Science may choose one of six concentrations: General; Advanced; American Politics and Public Affairs; Comparative Politics; International Politics; or Public Law.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, undergraduate majors will develop:
“I don't think I could've accomplished as much as I have in my life and career without the quality education I received at UB. My time at UB provided me with an outlet to focus my energy to achieve what I wanted out of my life.”
– Jeffrey Pomietlarz, BA in Political Science
Prerequisites: Any two Political Science courses
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12 PSC courses, eight of which must be upper division (300/400 level):
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics
One of the following courses:
PSC 100 Enduring Issues in Political Science
PSC 102 Introduction to International Politics
PSC 103 Intro to Comparative Politics
PSC 104 Introduction to Political Philosophy
One of the following Methods of Inquiry courses:
PSC 200 Empirical Political Science
PSC 393 Game Theory and Politics
PSC 408 Basic Statistics for Social Science.
(Acceptable substitutions: SOC 294, ECO 480, PSY 207, STA 119, SSC 225, MGQ 301 and GEO 211)
At least one course in any three of the following four Political Science fields:
Additional Political Science electives/courses to meet the major requirements. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) can be from the following:
PSC 496 Political Science Internship
PSC 497 Honors Thesis
PSC 499 Independent Study
Total Required Credit Hours: 36
Majors are strongly advised to satisfy their Methods of Inquiry course requirement early in their course of studies, preferably within the first two years of their coursework.