Government & Law, BS

The Government and Law program includes a core of courses essential for all public sector-related careers, plus a systematic study of political and governmental institutions and behavior. It focuses on governmental services, political theory, American and international law, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, and research methods. This degree seeks to prepare students for careers, advancement, or graduate studies in government, politics, law, and other political science-related fields.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand the structure and perspective of Political Science.
  2. Understand the research processes of Political Science.
  3. Understand the institutions of government, politics, and law at the local, state, national and international levels.
  4. Understand alternative political systems.
  5. Understand the importance of civic engagement in American society.
  6. Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to analyze data and textual materials, and to think critically.

Program Requirements

No grades of D in upper division courses are allowed. Upper division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction.

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) 42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the B.S. Politics, Government, & Law degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) 118
POLS 2101Intro to Political Science3
POLS 2201State & Local Government3
SOSC 2500Intro to Research Methods3
Lower Division Electives
Select 3 Lower Division (1000-2000) Courses with the Following Prefixes: AFAM, CRJU, ECON, FREN, HIST, MATH, PARA, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOSC, SPAN, WST.9
Intro to Global Issues (if not taken in E2)
Upper Division Major Requirements18
POLS 3220Judicial Process3
POLS 3323Comparative Politics3
POLS 3343Principles of Public Admin.3
POLS 3350International Relations3
POLS 3360The U.S. Congress & Presidency3
SOSC 4490Social Sciences Internship3
Upper Division Major Related Electives12
Choose four courses (12 credit hours) from upper division (3000-4000 level) POLS courses not used to meet other areas of the major.
Upper Division Open Electives18
Choose 6 courses (18 credit hours) from upper division (3000-4000 level) courses
Free Elective12
Choose 4 courses (12 credit hours) of (1000-4000 level) courses. Excludes PHED activity courses; MSL courses; courses offered for institutional credit only; and career program courses not specifically approved in advance. 2
Total Credit Hours120