Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Government, and Law
The Politics, Government, and Law major focuses on the theory and practice of politics, the analysis of political systems and behavior, and domestic and international law and legal systems. This major contributes to a broad-based liberal arts education by developing critical thinking skills, analytical skills, and strong communication skills, all while attempting to come to grips with the major public issues of our time. The Politics, Government, and Law major offers a structured and timely curriculum to prepare our graduates for careers or future graduate study in state and federal government, law, public policy, and non-profit work and management.
What to Expect
- Class activities, including debates, simulations, student presentations, guest speakers, and field trips.
- Preparation for graduate study in U.S. politics, U.S. public policy and administration, peace and conflict resolution, international relations, or law.
- Opportunities to travel with an award-winning Model UN team.
- Internships both locally and abroad.
- Senior Capstone courses that integrate classroom learning with real-world experience.
- Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, Asia, Africa, China, and more.
Introduction to International Relations
Explore the major concepts and theories of the field of International Relations, including international law, international organization, international security, human rights, foreign policy, and political economy.
American Constitutional Law
Required for the Law & Public Policy concentration
Examine the constitutional foundation and development of America’s governmental institutions through analysis of leading Supreme Court cases. Study cases that define the principles of constitutionalism, federalism, separation of powers, civil liberties, civil rights, and judicial review.
Politics of Russia & Eastern Europe
Learn about the politics and foreign and security policies of Russia and East Europe from the Bolshevik Revolution to the present while seeking to understand the major sources of Soviet and Russian foreign policy, including ideology, identity, and power.