Art — A major in art is a good fit for students who are drawn to architecture but are looking for more open-ended creative flexibility. If you are interested in graphic design, emerging practices, painting, photography, print media, sculpture or general studio, then the art major could be perfect for you. Many alumni go on to become successful artists. Other possible careers include working in art galleries, museums and auction houses as directors, curators, preparators, installers and art handlers, as well as in conservation, fabrication, grant writing and more.
Art History — The major in art history explores what the visual arts reveal about the cultures that produced them. These arts include painting, sculpture, performance art, graphic arts, architecture, photography and decorative arts. Using a diverse range of methodological approaches, the art history faculty help students acquire the necessary tools and knowledge to make sense of our visual world. An art history major is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in the arts, but it is equally valuable for those seeking to develop visual, analytical and communicative skills.
Business Administration — The curriculum of the business administration program emphasizes a broad exposure to mathematics and the social sciences along with a general education in management studies. The programs of study in management give particular attention to understanding the role of the business firm in society; the management functions of planning and control; the behavior of organizations; the tools of modern management; and the ways in which managers perform such functions as operations and supply chain management, production, marketing, finance, management information systems and human resources management. There are six undergraduate concentrations in the business administration program, including financial analysis, human resources management, international business, management information systems, marketing and operations and supply chain management.
Civil Engineering — Civil engineers build societies, from the landmarks that define who we are to the hidden infrastructure essential to our quality of life. Projects such as the Hoover Dam, the Tappen Zee Bridge, Boston’s “Big Dig,” the interstate highway system, and New York City’s water supply system illustrate the diversity, scale, grandeur and functionality that is civil engineering. Because they often work in the public arena, civil engineers require broad technical training as well as strong communication skills, and usually must be licensed as professional engineers.
Environmental Design — Environmental design, offered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, prepares students for careers that shape our natural and built environments. Through methods of design inquiry, students learn the planning and development of healthy, sustainable, and vibrant communities, as well as acquire skills to improve physical places in which people live, work and play. Environmental design encompasses natural landscapes, neighborhood design, buildings, historic assets, ecological features, land development, transportation and infrastructure systems. Environmental designers help communities make decisions concerning physical development, preservation, safety, mobility and environmental protection, utilizing the Buffalo Niagara region as their design workshop.
Media Study — Media study offers degree programs in media production and critical studies. Courses taught in the production of media cover 16-mm film camera work and editing, video camera use, nonlinear (computer) editing, documentary making, virtual reality creation, robotics, computer animation, web-based art and interactive software development, including gaming. Students are exposed to multiple mediums to foster artistic talent and encourage ingenuity.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary — The social sciences interdisciplinary degree program offers a concentration in urban and public policy studies that is a good fit for students who are interested in a broad range of urban issues (e.g., housing, transportation, economic development, poverty, segregation, education), and/or who want to better understand the dynamics that shape public and social policies in the United States. Students gain a rich interdisciplinary perspective on cities and public policy and exposure to different methodological approaches that helps them develop important analytical, writing and critical thinking skills valued by employers. Students go on to work in a variety of industries and sectors, including nonprofit/community organizations, government, economic development, real estate, research and consulting. Graduates frequently pursue advanced study in urban planning, public policy, public administration, social sciences or law.