Undergraduate

Major in Political Science

Students should apply for admission to the major in political science no later than the beginning of their junior year. To become eligible, students must have completed two political science courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and have a minimum UB GPA of 2.0. Applicants should bring a copy of their current UB Academic Advisement report directly to the Department of Political Science. Prospective majors are encouraged to complete the department’s required courses: One of the freshman level courses PSC 100 or PSC 102 or PSC 103 or PSC 104 during their first semester, and PSC 101 as well as PSC 200 or PSC 393 or PSC 408 during their second semester.

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Political Science – B.A.
General and Advanced Concentrations and Concentrations in Public Law, American Politics and Public Affairs, International Politics, Comparative Politics

Prerequisite Courses
Any two political science courses.

Required Courses
Twelve PSC courses, with no more than five courses in any particular distribution field, distributed as follows:

  • 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, or PSC 104 Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Seven 300/400-level PSC courses, up to two of which may be from:  PSC 496 Internship, PSC 497 Honors Thesis, PSC 499 Independent Study
  • One methods of inquiry course: PSC 200 Empirical Political Science, PSC 393 Game Theory and Politics, or 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 fields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public law

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.

Note: Some concentrations have additional required courses.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 36

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements — Concentrations

PUBLIC LAW

FIRST YEAR
Fall: or Spring PSC 100 or 102 or 103, or 104, and PSC 101
Spring: One methods of inquiry course

SECOND YEAR
Fall: One 200-level PSC course from the public law list
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC course from the public law list

THIRD YEAR
Fall: One 300/400-level PSC course from the public law list
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC course from the public law list, one 300/400-level PSC course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall: One 300/400-level PSC course from the public law list, one PSC elective at any level
Spring: Two 300/400-level PSC courses

AMERICAN POLITICS

FIRST YEAR
Spring: One methods of inquiry course
Fall or Spring: PSC 100 or 102 or 103, or 104, and PSC 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall: One 200/300/400-level course in the American politics field
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC course in the American politics field

THIRD YEAR
Fall: One 300/400-level PSC course in the American politics field, one 300/400-level PSC course
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC course in the American politics field

FOURTH YEAR
Fall: Two 300/400-level PSC courses
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC elective, one 200/300/400-level PSC elective

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

FIRST YEAR
Spring: One methods of inquiry course
Fall or Spring: PSC 100 or 102 or 103, or 104, and PSC 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall: PSC 102
Spring: Two 300/400-level PSC courses in the international field

THIRD YEAR
Fall: Two 300/400-level PSC courses in the international field
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC course in the international field

FOURTH YEAR
Fall: One 300/400-level PSC course, one PSC elective at any level
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC course

COMPARATIVE POLITICS

FIRST YEAR
Spring: One methods of inquiry course
Fall or Spring:PSC 100 or 102 or 103, or 104, and PSC 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall: PSC 103
Spring: Two 300/400-level PSC courses in the comparative field

THIRD YEAR
Fall: Two 300/400-level PSC courses in the comparative field
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC course in the comparative field

FOURTH YEAR
Fall: One 300/400-level PSC course, one PSC elective at any level
Spring: One 300/400-level PSC course

ADVANCED

FIRST YEAR
Spring: PSC 200 or PSC 408
Fall or Spring: PSC 100 or 102 or 103, or 104, and PSC 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall: PSC 393
Spring: PSC 200 or PSC 408; one 300/400-level PSC course

THIRD YEAR
Fall: One 300/400-level PSC course
Spring: Two 300/400-level PSC courses

FOURTH YEAR
Fall: Two 300/400-level PSC courses
Spring: One PSC elective at any level

Electives and Course Groupings

Public Law List
PSC215 Law & the Political Process
PSC225 Equality & Justice in the United States
PSC293 Race and the Law
PSC301 Cases in Civil Liberties
PSC302 Protecting Civil Liberties
PSC303 Constitutional Law
PSC305 Judicial Politics
PSC339 International Law
PSC401 Advanced Civil Liberties
PSC406 Supreme Court Seminar
PSC430 Human Rights
PSC470 Legal Political Theory
PSC480 Advanced Constitutional Law
PSC492 Pre-Law Honors Seminar