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Political Science

 


 


Major in Political Science (B.A.)

The major in political science is offered with two emphases: liberal arts and law. The law emphasis provides a foundation in government and political systems, and addresses legal systems and dimensions of constitutional, public and criminal law. The liberal arts emphasis provides extensive study of American national, state, and local government, comparative and international politics, political theory, and political behavior. A special feature of political science at Highlands is found in its focus on Southwest and minority political studies.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Required courses: 12 credit hours

POLS 151 American National Government (3)
POLS 312 Political Parties & Behavior (3)
POLS 316 State & Local Government (3)
POLS 328 Comparative Political Systems (3)

Electives: 20 credit hours

Choose one course from the following:
POLS 410 American Constitution (3)
POLS 458 Political Theory & Philosophy (3)

Choose at least 17 additional credits from courses in political science (or history courses such as 315, 401, 403, 413, 414), in consultation with the major adviser. At least five of the credits must be from courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Major total: 32 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 20 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 28 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 120-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

Law Emphasis

Required courses: 26 credit hours
POLS 151 American National Government (3)
POLS 314 Introduction to the Law (3)
POLS 316 State & Local Government (3)
POLS 320 Criminal Law (3)
POLS 328 Comparative Political Systems (3)
POLS 410 American Constitution (3)
POLS 417 Legislative Process (3)
POLS 453 International Relations, Human Rights & Law (3)
POLS 497 LSAT Preparation & Legal Logic Class (2)

Electives: 6 credit hours

Choose at least six additional credits from political science courses (or from history courses cross-listed in political science), in consultation with the major adviser.

Major total: 32 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 20 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 28 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 120-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

Pre-Law Preparation for Students Planning to Attend Law School

Comprehensive advising is available for students planning or considering the study and practice in law. Law or Pre-Law does not constitute a major; in fact, a wide variety of fields of study can be appropriate for the prospective lawyer. Many students select the major in political science, which offers a law emphasis; others select major and minor fields in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, mathematics or physical sciences.

Careful planning in appropriate fields of study, with special attention to a foundation of skills developed in classes with emphasis on written and oral communication, research, calculation, logical reasoning and critical thinking are strongly recommended for Pre-Law preparation. The pre-law adviser will help all students with their plans to gain an appropriate preparation for entering law school. This adviser is a source of much information about law schools and their requirements as well as the LSAT examination preparation, which is used to help law schools evaluate students’ qualifications for entrance. The Pre-Law adviser is Dr. Elaine Rodriquez, Douglas Hall 248.

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Minor in Political Science

Required courses: 6 credit hours
POLS 151 American National Government (3)
POLS 316 State & Local Government (3)

Electives: 14 credit hours

Choose one course from the following:
POLS 410 American Constitution (3)
POLS 458 Political Theory & Philosophy (3)

Choose at least 11 additional credits in courses from political science and allied subjects, selected in consultation with the minor adviser. At least four of these credits must be from 300- or 400-level courses.

Minor Total: 20 credit hours

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This major is under the College of Arts and Sciences