Law and Theory Concentration, Political Science (BA)

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This concentration allows students to focus on law and its foundations in political theory.

Course Requirements​

Core Courses: 8 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 130INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY4
Select one of the following 100-level courses:4
THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

 Intermediate Courses: 20 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Five 200-level courses:
PSC 260LAW AND THE POLITICAL SYSTEM4
Select two courses from Public Theory and Public Law:8
CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT
MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
LIBERALISM, CONSERVATISM, AND DEMOCRACY
POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES
FREEDOM AND EMPOWERMENT
EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
LEGITIMACY AND CRISIS
TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT
FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
RIGHTS OF DEFENDANTS
EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS
LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE
TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW
Select two courses from the following areas:8
Political Culture (PSC 200 through PSC 209)
American Politics (PSC 220 through PSC 229)
International Politics (PSC 242 through PSC 249)
Comparative Politics (PSC 250 through PSC 259)

Advanced Courses: 16 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select two 300-level courses from the following:8
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
MARXISM
THEORIES OF THE CHURCH
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
CHRISTIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
POLITICS AND LITERATURE
ADVANCED TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT
INTERNATIONAL LAW
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
WOMEN AND THE LAW
COMPARATIVE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
VOTING, REPRESENTATION, AND THE LAW
NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
IMMIGRATION LAW
RIGHTS-BASED SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW

Two additional 300-level courses from the following areas

  • Methodology (PSC 300 through PSC 309)
  • Political Culture (PSC 310 through PSC 319)
  • American Politics (PSC 320 through PSC 329)
  • International Relations (PSC 340 through PSC 349)
  • Comparative Politics (PSC 350 through PSC 359)
  • Civic Engagement (PSC 380 through PSC 389)

PSC Electives: 12 quarter hours

  • Three additional PSC courses at the 200 or 300 level

Open Electives

Open elective credits are required in order to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. These courses are to be selected in consultation with the student's faculty adviser and may include courses in fields such as economics, history, English, sociology, etc. Students may choose to use their open electives as part of a minor or to complete a double major.