Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: Pre-Law Concentration

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The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First-Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
POS 100  Introduction to Political Science 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 9
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  English Composition II  OR  ENG 211  Business Writing I  OR  ENG 217  Scientific and Technical Writing I  OR  HON 250  Honors Composition II  3
POS 105  American Politics  3
General Education Courses 9
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
PHI 115  Logic and Language  OR  PHI 211  Formal Logic 3
Political Science Elective 3
General Education Courses
9
   
Fourth Semester 15
CDC 201  Argumentation and Advocacy  OR  CDC 302  Persuasion
3
Political Science Elective 3
General Education Courses
6
Minor OR Elective Course 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
POS 301  Research Methods in Political Science
3
HIS 435  History of Law  OR  HIS 322  History of Religious Persecution in the U.S. 3
Minor OR Elective Courses 9
   
Sixth Semester 15
Political Science Electives
6
Minor OR Elective Courses
9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
Political Science Electives 6
Minor OR Elective Courses 9
   
Eighth Semester 15
POS 450  Seminar in American Politics 3
Political Science Elective 3
Minor OR Elective Courses 9
Total 120

Program Requirements

Required Major Courses (12 credits) 

  • POS 100  Introduction to Political Science
  • POS 105  American Politics
  • POS 301  Research Methods in Political Science
  • POS 450  Seminar in Politics

Required Related Courses (30 credits)

  • CDC 201  Argumentation and Advocacy  OR  CDC 302  Persuasion
  • HIS 435  History of Law  OR  HIS 322  History of Religious Persecution
  • PHI 115  Logic and Language  OR  PHI 211  Formal Logic
  • POS 316  Judicial Policy  OR  LAW 370  Administrative Law
  • POS 327  Contemporary Political Thought  OR  POS 330  American Political Ideas
  • Political Science Elective

Select one from each list (12 credits total): 

  • U.S. Constitution: POS 314, POS 315, HIS 308
  • Political Theory: POS 327, 330, 347, 348
  • International Politics: POS 307, 312, 320, 346
  • U.S. Government: POS 300, 306, 310, 318