Thematic and Global Pathways

Pathways are a central component of the UB Curriculum. Students are required to complete both a Global and Thematic pathway. Each pathway requires a minimum of nine credit hours, typically satisfied by completing three courses of three or more credit hours.

The university provides a Path Finder Tool, a planning tool to aid in the selection of your pathway courses. This page provides additional resources to help guide engineering and computer science students with respect to course selection.

A typical engineering or computer science student will complete a Thematic pathway within one of the five Thematic tracks (Environment, Health, Humanity, Innovation, and Justice) and a Global pathway within the Global Reflections track (please note that engineering and computer science students are free to pursue either the International Experience or Language and Culture track for the Global pathway). These pathways are satisfied by completing three courses, with the first selected from a “List 1”, the second selected from a “List 2”, and the third selected from a “List 3”.

With this approach, students complete a total of six pathway courses. A typical engineering or computer science student will need to satisfy the following requirements via the pathways.

  1. Four of the five UB Areas:
    • A: Arts
    • C: Civilization and History
    • H: Humanities
    • L: Languages
    • S: Social Sciences
  2. Diversity Learning: Students are required to take at least one three-credit course focusing on domestic diversity. An approved course can satisfy both a UB Area and Diversity Learning requirement.

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Many of the pathways contain engineering and/or computer science courses within List 3. Selecting pathways that contain courses within the major allows a student to connect ideas from their major with the UB Curriculum and allows a student to move through the pathways most expeditiously.

We recommend that engineering and computer science students select pathway courses as follows:

  1. Identify pathways that contain List 3 courses that are required major courses or can be used to satisfy technical elective requirements. See the tables below for guidance. Select two of these: one Thematic and one Global pathway.
  2. For the first pathway, pick a List 1 course that satisfies one of the UB Areas and a List 2 course that satisfies a second UB Area.
  3. For the second pathway, pick a List 1 course that satisfies a third UB Area and a List 2 course that satisfies a fourth UB Area.
  4. Check to ensure that one of the List 1 or List 2 courses satisfy the Diversity Learning requirement. If not, revisit the four courses selected to satisfy the UB Areas, and make sure that at least one of these courses satisfies the Diversity Learning requirement.
  5. Repeat until you identify two Pathways that interest you!

Pathways that include courses required by engineering or computer science programs

The following table provides the number of major courses that appear as List 3 courses for SEAS degree programs. More specifically, we list the number of courses that appear as requirements on the flowsheet and as List 3 courses within the pathway. By selecting a pathway that aligns with the major it is highly likely that a student will complete a List 3 course by simply following the standard program of study for the major.

When clicking on a green cell, the collection of List 3 courses that align with the major will be displayed. The pathway description is provided when clicking on a pathway title.

PathwayTypeASEBCSBECECENCIECS BACS BSEEEGPENVIEME
Ancient CivilizationsThematic0010020011110
Ancient Civilizations - Global PathwayGlobal0010020011110
Business, Economy and SocietyThematic1211223121152
Business, Economy and Society - Global PathwayGlobal1211223121152
Cities and SocietiesThematic0000031010300
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived ExperiencesThematic1012010011102
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global PathwayGlobal1012010011102
Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes InnovationThematic0000000010000
Design & The Built EnvironmentThematic3301643310235
Environment and SustainabilityThematic2001110011102
Global ConflictsThematic0000001011100
Global Conflicts - Global PathwayGlobal0000001011100
Global SouthThematic0000000011000
Global South - Global PathwayGlobal0000000011000
Health, Medicine, and SocietyThematic0232211010100
Human NatureThematic0211121110210
Media, Innovation, EntrepreneurshipThematic0100113110110
Milestones in Western Culture & ArtsThematic0000011010000
Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global PathwayGlobal0000011010000
Myth, Language and CultureThematic0001010011020
Myth, Language and Culture - Global PathwayGlobal0001010011020
Place, Space and TimeThematic0001001010110
Place, Space and Time - Global PathwayGlobal0001001010110
Screen CulturesThematic0010002010000
Social Justice in a Changing WorldThematic0010021111200
Social Problems & Social PoliciesThematic0112120210100
Spectacular WorldsThematic0000011010110
Spectacular Worlds - Global PathwayGlobal0000011010110
Understanding RacismThematic0010000110000
War, Violence & SocietyThematic0000001011000

Pathways that include engineering or computer science courses

The following table provides the number of courses with a given departmental abbreviation that serve as List 3 courses. By selecting a pathway that aligns with a departmental abbreviation it is likely that a student will complete a List 3 course by following the standard program of study for the major. However, in some cases, a List 3 course may need to be selected as an elective within the major.

When clicking on a green cell, the collection of List 3 courses with a given departmental abbreviation will be displayed. The pathway description is provided when clicking on a pathway title.

PathwayTypeBECECIECSEEEIEMAE
Ancient CivilizationsThematic1030110
Ancient Civilizations - Global PathwayGlobal1030110
Business, Economy and SocietyThematic1133282
Business, Economy and Society - Global PathwayGlobal1133282
Cities and SocietiesThematic0051100
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived ExperiencesThematic1210112
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global PathwayGlobal1210112
Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes InnovationThematic0000120
Design & The Built EnvironmentThematic0166158
Environment and SustainabilityThematic0212102
Global ConflictsThematic0011110
Global Conflicts - Global PathwayGlobal0011110
Global SouthThematic0000100
Global South - Global PathwayGlobal0000100
Health, Medicine, and SocietyThematic4215130
Human NatureThematic1132140
Media, Innovation, EntrepreneurshipThematic0012140
Milestones in Western Culture & ArtsThematic0010100
Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global PathwayGlobal0010100
Myth, Language and CultureThematic0110120
Myth, Language and Culture - Global PathwayGlobal0110120
Place, Space and TimeThematic0213110
Place, Space and Time - Global PathwayGlobal0213110
Screen CulturesThematic1000110
Social Justice in a Changing WorldThematic1032110
Social Problems & Social PoliciesThematic2223110
Spectacular WorldsThematic0020110
Spectacular Worlds - Global PathwayGlobal0020110
Understanding RacismThematic1002100
War, Violence & SocietyThematic0001110

UB Areas and Diversity Learning by Major

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

A green cell denotes that there are courses within List 1 or List 2 that map to a given UB Area. A blue cell denotes that there are courses within List 1 or List 2 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 or List 2 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.

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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.

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PathwayTypeList 1List 2List 3
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