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Law, Politics and Society Option

Law, Politics and Society option


The Law, Politics and Society option in Political Science will provide students with the opportunity to focus their undergraduate studies on topics involving:


  • The role of the courts and other relevant institutions in defining the breadth and scope of government
  • Judicial procedures and behaviors and their implications for our democracy
  • Relationships between the various branches of the U.S. government, as well as between state and federal governments
  • Normative arguments regarding justice and equality in theory and in practice


This option is relevant for students who are interested in a career in law, politics, and/or public service in relevant government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, primarily at the local, state, or national level.


I. Foundation Courses (12 credits)

Students must take at least 3 of the introductory courses, including:

  1. PS 201. Introduction to United States Government and Politics (4), AND
  2. PS 206. Introduction to Political Thought (4), and AND
  3. EITHER PS 204. Introduction to Comparative Politics (4) OR PS 205. Introduction to International Relations (4)

II. Methods/WIC (4 credits)

PS 300. Political Analysis (4)


III. Political Science Internship (4 credits)

PS 406. Projects (2)

PS 410. Internship (2)


IV. Upper Division Option Courses (32 credits)

Select 32 credits from the list below.  Up to 8 upper division credits can come from classes listed below in the programs of Economics and Sociology. Other courses as approved by the department.


PS 321. American Constitutional Law (4)

PS 322. American Constitutional Law (4)

PS 326. Judicial Process and Politics (4)

PS 331. State and Local Government and Politics (4)

PS 361. Classical Political Thought (4)

PS 362. Modern Political Thought (4)

PS 363. Gender and Race in American Political Thought (4)

PS 365. American Political Thought (4)

PS 411. Legislative Politics (4)

PS 412. Presidential Politics (4)

PS 423. American Constitutional Law (4)

PS 425. Gender and Law (4)

PS 427. Courts and Social Change (4)

PS 429. Topics in Judicial Politics (4)

PS 454. International Law and Organizations (4)

PS 462. Theories of Law (4)


Up to 8 credits from:

ECON 461. Law, Economics, and Regulation (4)

SOC 340. Deviant Behavior and Social Control (4)

SOC 438. US Immigration Issues in the 21st Century (4)

SOC 440. Juvenile Delinquency (4)

SOC 441. Criminology and Penology (4)

SOC 442. Sociology of Drug Use and Abuse (4)

SOC 448. Law and Society (3)