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What will I learn?

Why study Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Legal Studies Concentration at UB?

Legal Studies is one of six concentration areas in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary major. It provides students the opportunity to study legal institutions, legal processes and the role of law in society. It examines the political, social and philosophical development of law. The program offers a multidisciplinary perspective on the law in its social and political context.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this concentration will:

  • Possess a basic narrative of American history
  • Understand the basic structures, functions and principles of American government
  • Understand law in an historical, political, or philosophical perspective
  • Understand aspects of the role of law in regulating behavior, the relation of law to politics, social structure, race, gender, and class
  • Develop writing skills and analytical skills associated with the evaluation of data or patterns of argument
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the US Constitution, impact of the US Constitution on American law and life, the evolution of constitutional interpretation, the role of the courts
  • Demonstrate understanding of the systems through which law is created, changed and administered; law in transnational contexts, the institutions of the law and law as a social phenomenon; the law’s dynamic relation with health, welfare, and the environment

Career Outlook

Students who graduate from the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary/Legal Studies major are prepared to work in law enforcement, law offices, government and business. Students have reported obtaining employment with the Office of the NYS Attorney General, the New York State Police, the New York City Police Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NYS Mental Hygiene Legal Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various law e interdisciplinary structure of the major prepares students to go on to advanced study in criminal justice, political science, human services, social work, journalism, and law school. Students have gone on to advanced studies at Buffalo State College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Penn State, SUNY Buffalo and Brooklyn College.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,740.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,

BUFFALO,

New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class. You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university. UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale.

For international students

Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class.

You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university.

UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale.

Our admissions counselors are experts in the many education systems around the world. They know how to compare your country’s grading scale to the one we use here at UB.

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 70, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 523, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.0, the minimum score of PTE is 50, the minimum score of ACT (English and Reading) is 18, the minimum score of SAT I Critical Reading (Old Version) is 450 and the minimum score of SAT I ERWS (New Version) is 500.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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