Pathways: A series of courses linked together by a broad topic you choose and examine.


Through the Pathways you will develop a deep knowledge base in a chosen topic and learn how different disciplines approach a similar line of study. 

About the Pathways

Take ownership of your education by choosing topics of interest to you and applying them to your major or using them as a platform to explore another field of study. You will take both a Thematic and a Global Pathway.  Each Pathway requires a minimum of nine credit hours.

Thematic Pathway: 9 credits

You choose a topic of interest and explore a line of inquiry from three different disciplinary perspectives. 

You will select among topics such as "Environments, Technologies and Policy," "Cultures, Art and Imagination" and "Human Nature."




Global Pathway: 9 credits

Choose one of the following tracks:

Global Reflections: Explore a topic focused on an international or global theme. 

Language and Culture: Learn a new language or expand your skills in a language you have previously studied. 

International Experience: Study abroad to complete your Global Pathway in total or in combination with Pathway courses taken at UB.

UB Areas

The Pathways are built on the broad disciplinary areas that serve as the building blocks of a liberal arts education. These “UB Areas” correspond to the knowledge areas of the State University of New York General Education Requirements (SUNY-GER):

Humanities (HUM) HUM
Social Sciences (SOC SCI)

You are required to complete a minimum of FOUR separate UB Areas as you fulfill your Pathways (two for each Pathway). 

Start Planning My Pathways

The Path Finder is a planning tool to assist in your selection of UB Curriculum Pathway courses. You must submit your Pathway selections via the Path Finder tool in order for courses to appear on your Academic Advising Report. 

The following tables complement the Path Finder tool and can be utilized in planning your Pathways. All students' Pathway selections must be formally saved through the Path Finder tool. 

Pathway Course Filter Tool (by Term, UB Area, Pathway, List Level, Diversity)

Pathway Course Filter Tool (by Term, UB Area, Pathway, List Level, Diversity)

This tool provides a means to filter Pathway courses by Term, UB Area, Pathway, List Level, and Diversity Learning designation. Click on a column heading to sort the data. Use the drop-down menus to select options of interest.

CourseTermUB AreaDiversityPathway

UB Area and Diversity Learning by Course

UB Areas and Diversity Learning by Course

The table below provides information regarding the number of courses within List 1, List 2, and List 3 that align with a UB Area and potentially Diversity Learning.

A green cell denotes that there are courses within List 1, List 2, or List 3 that map to a given UB Area. A blue cell denotes that there are courses within List 1, List 2, or List 3 that map to a given UB Area and serve as a Diversity Learning course (the number provided in parentheses indicates the number of Diversity Learning courses with a given UB Area). When clicking on a shaded cell, the collection of List 1, List 2, or List 3 courses that align with the UB Area will be displayed. Scheduling information is also provided. Note that in some cases a course aligns with multiple UB Areas. However, these courses will satisfy just one of the six total pathways courses and one of the four UB Areas required.

PathwayTypeList 1List 2List 3

Path Finder Support Documents

In consultation with your academic advisor - utilize the worksheet below to assist you in selecting appropriate and valid paths while navigating the Path Finder tool. If you have difficulties accessing these files, please contact the UB Curriculum Office at

For transfer students:

Transfer students can use this worksheet to determine how transfer coursework can be applied toward completing the Pathways requirement.
Please note: To complete, Transfer Students should  
1. Have their Transfer Credit Report ready for reference (provided upon admission to UB)
2. Have reviewed Pathways of interest by reading through descriptions/topics in the Path Finder tool