Programs in the Department
At the undergraduate level, the Department of Political Science and Law offers two majors and three minors. The Department’s 33-credit Political Science major enables students to pursue areas of interest in American Government and Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory and Philosophy. An 18-credit Political Science minor is also offered. The Department’s Public Administration minor provides essential background for those seeking employment in state and local government.
The Jurisprudence major is an interdisciplinary program focused on law within a liberal arts framework. As a program with selective admissions criteria, it provides students with an essential understanding of legal ideas and philosophy as they affect institutions and social processes. A Pre-Law Studies minor is also available for students who wish to enhance their preparation for law school by combining law-related study with coursework drawn from several other academic disciplines.
The Political Science curriculum includes five required courses: Introduction to Politics, American Government and Politics, Essentials of Political Thought and International Relations. Students may also choose from among multiple electives to fulfill requirements for the major. Our law curriculum includes a Pre-Law minor and the Jurisprudence major.
The department also offers a Master of Arts in Law and Governance. There are four possible concentrations: Conflict Management and Peace Studies; Governance, Compliance and Regulation; Legal Managment; and Intellectual Property. There is also a General Program. Program requirements range from 33-36 credits depending upon the concentration. Students may enroll in multiple concentrations. Graduate Programs also include a Conflict Management in the Workplace Certificate.
Graduates of the M.A. in Law and Governance typically work in industry, state and local government, private non-profit organizations, NGO's, and international organizations.