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.

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

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 CivilizationsThematic0000000
Ancient Civilizations - Global PathwayGlobal0000000
Business, Economy and SocietyThematic
Business, Economy and Society - Global PathwayGlobal
Cities and SocietiesThematic000000000
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived ExperiencesThematic00000
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global PathwayGlobal00000
Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes InnovationThematic000000000000
Design & The Built EnvironmentThematic00
Environment and SustainabilityThematic00000
Global ConflictsThematic000000000
Global Conflicts - Global PathwayGlobal000000000
Global SouthThematic00000000000
Global South - Global PathwayGlobal00000000000
Health, Medicine, and SocietyThematic00000
Human NatureThematic000
Media, Innovation, EntrepreneurshipThematic00000
Milestones in Western Culture & ArtsThematic0000000000
Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global PathwayGlobal0000000000
Myth, Language and CultureThematic00000000
Myth, Language and Culture - Global PathwayGlobal00000000
Place, Space and TimeThematic00000000
Place, Space and Time - Global PathwayGlobal00000000
Screen CulturesThematic0000000000
Social Justice in a Changing WorldThematic000000
Social Problems & Social PoliciesThematic00000
Spectacular WorldsThematic00000000
Spectacular Worlds - Global PathwayGlobal00000000
Understanding RacismThematic0000000000
War, Violence & SocietyThematic0000000000

Pathways that include engineering and computer sciences courses

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 CivilizationsThematic000
Ancient Civilizations - Global PathwayGlobal000
Business, Economy and SocietyThematic
Business, Economy and Society - Global PathwayGlobal
Cities and SocietiesThematic0000
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived ExperiencesThematic0
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global PathwayGlobal0
Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes InnovationThematic00000
Design & The Built EnvironmentThematic0
Environment and SustainabilityThematic00
Global ConflictsThematic000
Global Conflicts - Global PathwayGlobal000
Global SouthThematic000000
Global South - Global PathwayGlobal000000
Health, Medicine, and SocietyThematic0
Human NatureThematic0
Media, Innovation, EntrepreneurshipThematic000
Milestones in Western Culture & ArtsThematic00000
Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global PathwayGlobal00000
Myth, Language and CultureThematic000
Myth, Language and Culture - Global PathwayGlobal000
Place, Space and TimeThematic00
Place, Space and Time - Global PathwayGlobal00
Screen CulturesThematic0000
Social Justice in a Changing WorldThematic00
Social Problems & Social PoliciesThematic0
Spectacular WorldsThematic0000
Spectacular Worlds - Global PathwayGlobal0000
Understanding RacismThematic0000
War, Violence & SocietyThematic0000

UB Areas and Diversity Learning by Major

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.

PathwayTypeList 1List 2
ACHLSACHLS
Ancient CivilizationsThematic00
Ancient Civilizations - Global PathwayGlobal0
Business, Economy and SocietyThematic000
Business, Economy and Society - Global PathwayGlobal00
Cities and SocietiesThematic00
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived ExperiencesThematic000
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global PathwayGlobal000
Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes InnovationThematic000
Design & The Built EnvironmentThematic000
Environment and SustainabilityThematic0000
Global ConflictsThematic0000
Global Conflicts - Global PathwayGlobal0000
Global SouthThematic000
Global South - Global PathwayGlobal000
Health, Medicine, and SocietyThematic000
Human NatureThematic000
Media, Innovation, EntrepreneurshipThematic00
Milestones in Western Culture & ArtsThematic000
Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global PathwayGlobal00
Myth, Language and CultureThematic000
Myth, Language and Culture - Global PathwayGlobal000
Place, Space and TimeThematic00
Place, Space and Time - Global PathwayGlobal00
Screen CulturesThematic00
Social Justice in a Changing WorldThematic000
Social Problems & Social PoliciesThematic000
Spectacular WorldsThematic0000
Spectacular Worlds - Global PathwayGlobal000
Understanding RacismThematic000
War, Violence & SocietyThematic0000

UB Areas 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
ACHLSACHLSACHLSN

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