Programs in the Department
The Department of Political Science and Law is recognized both internationally and nationally for the quality of its programs and curriculum. We offer state of the art political and legal theory in the classroom and in real-time international courses and internships. Courses such as the U.S. State Department’s eDiplomacy program initiative with Turkey, South Korea, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom are a few examples. There are internships and practicums in venues running the gamut from municipal, county, and state opportunities to international NGO’s and a variety of countries. Opportunities to study law with faculty who have multiple degrees in the humanities and social sciences as well as law degrees launch students in career trajectories toward the highest levels of government and the judiciary.
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, Law and Society major is an interdisciplinary program focused on law within a liberal arts framework. 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 prepare for law school by combining law-related study with coursework drawn from 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 M.A. in Law and Governance is a program combining sophisticated public policy and state of the art legal analysis in a regulatory law context. Graduates typically work in legal and policy application in industry, state and local government, private non-profit organizations, NGO's, and international organizations.
There are four possible concentrations in the M.A.: 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.