B.A. in Political Science: Pre-Law Concentration

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Program Description

The Pre-Law concentration of the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is designed for students who plan to go on to law school or pursue other graduate studies. The program hones students' analytical reading, writing and critical thinking skills as well as their ability to make a persuasive argument.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

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

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/pre-law/index.aspx