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Law and Theory Concentration Requirements

This concentration allows students to focus on law and its foundations in political theory.

Course Requirements​

Core Courses: 8 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 130INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY4
Select one of the following 100-level courses:4
PSC 120
THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
PSC 140
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
PSC 150
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

 Intermediate Courses: 20 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Five 200-level courses:
PSC 260LAW AND THE POLITICAL SYSTEM4
Select two courses from Public Theory and Public Law:8
PSC 230
CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 231
MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 232
LIBERALISM, CONSERVATISM, AND DEMOCRACY
PSC 233
POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES
PSC 234
FREEDOM AND EMPOWERMENT
PSC 235
EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
PSC 236
LEGITIMACY AND CRISIS
PSC 239
TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 261
FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
PSC 262
RIGHTS OF DEFENDANTS
PSC 263
EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS
PSC 265
LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE
PSC 269
TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW
Select two courses from the following areas:8
Political Culture (PSC 200 through PSC 209)
American Politics (PSC 220 through PSC 229)
International Politics (PSC 242 through PSC 249)
Comparative Politics (PSC 250 through PSC 259)

Advanced Courses: 16 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select two 300-level courses from the following:8
PSC 330
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 331
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 333
MARXISM
PSC 335
THEORIES OF THE CHURCH
PSC 336
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 337
CHRISTIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 338
POLITICS AND LITERATURE
PSC 339
ADVANCED TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 361
INTERNATIONAL LAW
PSC 362
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
PSC 363
WOMEN AND THE LAW
PSC 364
COMPARATIVE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
PSC 365
VOTING, REPRESENTATION, AND THE LAW
PSC 366
NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
PSC 367
IMMIGRATION LAW
PSC 368
RIGHTS-BASED SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
PSC 369
ADVANCED TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW

Two additional 300-level courses from the following areas

  • Methodology (PSC 300 through PSC 309)
  • Political Culture (PSC 310 through PSC 319)
  • American Politics (PSC 320 through PSC 329)
  • International Relations (PSC 340 through PSC 349)
  • Comparative Politics (PSC 350 through PSC 359)
  • Civic Engagement (PSC 380 through PSC 389)

PSC Electives: 12 quarter hours

  • Three additional PSC courses at the 200 or 300 level

Open Electives

Open elective credits are required in order to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. These courses are to be selected in consultation with the student's faculty adviser and may include courses in fields such as economics, history, English, sociology, etc. Students may choose to use their open electives as part of a minor or to complete a double major.

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