The interdisciplinary structure of each major - plus the emphasis on practical experience and applying social science research to the real world - gives students a unique foundation from which to pursue a wide range of careers. Many of our students enter the workforce directly after graduation, while others choose to further their education in graduate schools around the country.
“I would like to thank the department for allowing students the opportunity to have community internships and get credit for them. Sometimes it is not just the reading and testing of materials in a classroom that really tells what a person is capable of accomplishing. It is the hands-on experiences that can make a really big difference.”
Students in Cognitive Science major are prepared to go on to graduate study in areas as diverse as psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, philosophy, and cognitive science. Alternatively, the major's focus on analytical thinking, cognition, and human behavior provide an excellent skill set and knowledge base for industry careers such as information technology, education, human factors research, marketing, and government intelligence.
To learn more about careers in Cognitive Science, we encourage you to watch this informative webinar delivered by Dr. Karen Chow, a postdoc at the Center for Cognitive Science at UB.
Community Mental Health
Students in the Health and Human Services major with a concentration in Community Mental Health are prepared to work in such areas as mental health, developmental disabilities, addictions treatment, and community education, as well as in a broad array of social and human services organizations. Recent graduates have secured employment in private, nonprofit, and government agencies, including:
Many students also choose to pursue graduate study, often in social work, counseling, higher education administration, psychology, or public health.
Child and Family Studies
Students in the Health and Human Services major with a concentration in Child and Family Studies are prepared to work in private, nonprofit, and government agencies focused on meeting the social, educational, physical, mental health, and/or advocacy needs of children and their families. Recent graduates have reported employment in a wide range of organizations, including:
Many students also choose to pursue graduate study, often in early childhood/elementary education, special education, social work, school psychology, or counseling.
Students in the Health and Human Services major with a concentration in Social Gerontology are prepared to work in private, nonprofit, and government agencies focused on meeting the physical, social, cognitive, services, and/or advocacy needs of older adults. Recent graduates can be found in a wide range of organizations, including:
Many students also choose to pursue graduate study, often in social work, counseling, or healthcare administration.
Students in the International Studies major develop skills, area knowledge, language and cultural competencies that can be applied to work spanning the globe. Some graduates choose to pursue careers with international businesses, foreign governments, or Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), while others opt to work domestically, by for example, providing services or advocacy for immigrants or refugees. Recent graduates can be found in a wide range of organizations, including:
Other students also choose to pursue graduate study, often in international relations, political science, geography, or law school.
Students in the Legal Studies major find that the program’s emphasis on understanding the role of the law, legal institutions, and legal processes in various social and political contexts is an excellent preparation for graduate school or work. While many alumni go on to law school or advanced study in related fields, others choose to apply their undergraduate degree to opportunities at law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies. Recent graduates report employment at:
Students in the Urban and Public Policy Studies major pursue a broad array of career opportunities in local and regional government work, urban planning and development, community/nonprofit work, real estate, research and advocacy, and business. Recent graduates can be found in organizations as varied as:
Many students also opt to pursue graduate study, often in urban planning, public administration, law, or the social sciences.