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College of Public Affairs

Government and Public Policy

Get ready to lead in the 21st century.

Our rapidly changing global environment needs thinkers and doers capable of handling constantly emerging challenges. As our society faces increasingly complex legal and social concerns such as aging populations, environmental and health-care dilemmas, ineffective educational systems and homelessness, we turn to those who can handle our global village's rapid changes. 

Do more.

Want to add a minor to your major?
Learn more about our minors. (Note that not all minors are possible to combine with every major.)

Thinking about law school?
Learn more about our Automatic Admit option through the UB School of Law.

Earn both your undergraduate and law degrees in a minimum of five years through the Law School Early Entry option to the UB School of Law.

Shorten your path to your master's degree.
Students who qualify may take up to 9 graduate credits, which apply to both the bachelor's degree in Government and Public Policy and the Master of Public Administration. Contact us for more information or learn more about our accelerated options.

What it's all about:

This Bachelor of Arts program is far from a traditional political science program; instead, it combines public administration, public policy, political theory, comparative government and international relations. You'll learn to apply analytical skills to national and global problems of the 21st century.

You can prepare for a career in:

  • federal, state and local government
  • the foreign service
  • campaign management
  • health administration
  • public and private organizations that monitor or influence political processes or public policy.

Expand your knowledge:

If you're passionate about public administration, continue on at UB to earn your master's and doctoral degrees in the field; qualify to join UB's Mu Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, an honorary political science society that brings together faculty and students to discuss key public-policy issues.