Pathways

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 "Environment and Sustainability," "Media, Innovation and Entrepreneurship" 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):

UB Areas SUNY-GER
Arts (ARTS) ARTS
Civilization and History (CIV/HIST) AMER HIST, WEST CIV, OTHER WORLD CIV
Humanities (HUM) HUM
Social Sciences (SOC SCI)
SOC SCI
Languages (LANG) FOREIGN LANG

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. 

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 ubcurriculum@buffalo.edu.
 

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