Introduction to the Political Science Minor
The minor in Political Science supplements many major programs, especially International Studies, Media & Communication, Health Administration, Public Health, and Business. The Political Science minor enables students to understand how political processes operate domestically and globally and strengthens oral and written communication skills.
About the Minor
The minor in Political Science supplements many major programs, especially International Studies, Media & Communications, Healthcare Administration, and Business, by enabling students to understand how power and political processes operate and by strengthening oral and written communication skills. Students, regardless of major, can complete the Law & Public Policy minor and/or a minor in Political Science.
Six or more courses, totaling at least 24 credits, are required, including no more than two courses at the 100 level and at least one course at the 300 level.
Introduction to the Law & Public Policy Minor
The Law & Public Policy minor prepares students for admission to law school, a career in government, or graduate study in public policy, public administration, or public affairs. The minor draws on challenging courses requiring students to analyze and evaluate conflicting ideas and to communicate effectively. The minor provides students an opportunity to explore and critique contemporary legal and public policy issues. Because there are no curricular prerequisites for admission to law school, the Law & Public Policy minor exposes students to relevant courses for future study and helps students determine if they have an aptitude and interest for a career in law, government affairs, or the nonprofit sector.
About the Minor
Adviser: The Honorable Christopher Cerski, J.D.
The Law & Public Policy minor prepares students for a career in government, admission to law school, or graduate study in public policy, public administration, or public affairs. The minor draws on challenging courses requiring students to analyze and evaluate conflicting ideas and to communicate effectively. The minor provides students an opportunity to explore and critique contemporary legal and public policy issues. For those students interested in attending law school, the Association of American Law Schools stresses a broad liberal arts background as the most appropriate training for law school. There are no curricular prerequisites for admission to law school. However, the Law & Public Policy minor helps students determine if they have an aptitude and interest in law and provides a background for law school and graduate school coursework.
Students must take 24 credits, drawn from the courses listed below. Students can count no more than two courses toward both their major and the minor in Law & Public Policy.
Arcadia also offers a BA in Politics, Government, & Law with concentration in Law & Public Policy and Global Legal Studies. The Global Legal Studies concentration requires students to take two law-related courses abroad. See the Politics, Government & Law major.
Law and Public Policy Requirements
- PS 101 Introduction to American Politics or
- PS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
- PS 220 American Constitutional Law
- PS 325 U.S. Public Policy
Three Minor Electives
The list below is not exhaustive, and students may take other law-related electives, subject to the minor adviser approval.
- AN 120 Cultural Anthropology
- AN 150 The Family
- AN 272 Cultures, Conflict and Power
- BA 230 Legal Environment of Business
- CJ 160 Crime and Punishment
- CJ 230 Drugs and Society
- CJ 300 Race, Crime and Justice
- CJ 310 Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and the Law
- CJ 350 Communities and Crime
- EC 210 Principles of Macroeconomics
- EC 216 Intermediate Microeconomics
- EC 330 Natural Resource Economics
- PBH 110 Introduction to Public Health
- PBH 250 Epidemiology: The Science of Public Health
- PBH 320 Policy in Public Health
- PL 155 Introduction to Logic (highly recommended for LSAT preparation)
- PL 175 Introduction to Ethics
- PS 218 Criminal Law and Procedures
- PS 240 U.S. Foreign Policy
- PS 260 F.D.R. to Obama: US Politics and Reform
- PS 265 Women in American Politics
- PS 311 International Law
- PS 320 Global Cities: Politics and Policy
- PS 180 Introduction to Political Philosophy
- PS 340 The Judiciary
- PS 375 Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment
Other advanced humanities and social science courses are highly recommended, especially if taken during a semester or year studying abroad. Any course, regardless of field, that furthers the development of clear and systematic thinking, the command of the English language (both written and oral), and a broad understanding of society constitutes sound preparation for the study of law or graduate study in public policy, public administration, or public affairs. A background of outstanding extracurricular activities supplements the academic record and serves to build and demonstrate communication and leadership skills.
The minor adviser is responsible for advising students interested in the Law & Public Policy minor and determining if courses taken abroad will count toward the minor. All students interested in legal or government related careers should contact the minor adviser early in their University program. The adviser works with students to prepare them for admission to law school.
Secondary Education Minor & Grades 7-12 Social Studies Certification
Political Science majors seeking certification for secondary teaching must notify their advisers and the Director of Secondary Education. State certification requirements are very specific, so the earlier students plan for this option, the easier it is to develop an academic plan.