Political Science (B.A.) (Combined B.A./M.A. Law and Governance)

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years of intensive study.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

Program Requirements

Students in this combined degree program must complete the requirements for:

Political Science Major (B.A.)

Law and Governance (M.A.)

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

Required Courses
LAWS 500United States Legal System3
LAWS 503Research Methods and Analysis3
LAWS 513Ethical and Professional Issues in the Legal Environment3
Complete one course from the following:3
Statutory and Regulatory Analysis
Private Civil Responsibility: Contracts and Torts
Administrative Law
Entertainment Law
Trademark Law
Intellectual Property: Copyright, Licensing, and Advertising
Negotiation Theory and Practice
Mediation Theory and Practice
Arbitration and Other Alternative Adjudicative Processes
Conflict Management and Peer Mediation in Schools
Dispute Resolution in the Workplace
Law Office Financial Management
Advanced Conflict Management
Bullying Prevention
Legal Information Management
Human Rights Law
International Law and Transnational Legal Issues
Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
Private Sector Compliance With Public Regulations
Field Experience in Law and Governance
Cooperative Education in Law and Governance
Independent Study in Law and Governance
Environmental Law and Policy
Special Topics in Law and Governance
The Third World in the International System
International Relations
The International Political Economy
Globalization and Security
U.S.Immigration: Law and Politics
Politics of Terrorism
Total Credits12

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GNED 199 New Student Seminar 1
WRIT 105 College Writing I 3
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 3
World Language 1 3
POLS 100 Introduction to Politics 3
POLS 101 American Government and Politics 3
WRIT 106 College Writing II 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language 2 3
POLS 201 Comparative Politics 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
World Cultures 3
POLS 202 International Relations 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
POLS Elective (200 level) 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
POLS 300 Essentials of Political Thought 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
POLS Elective (300-400 level) 3
POLS Elective 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Fourth Year
POLS Elective (300-400 level) 3
POLS Elective (300-400 level) 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
LAWS 500 United States Legal System 3
LAWS 503 Research Methods and Analysis 3
POLS Elective (300-400 level) 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
LAWS 513 Ethical and Professional Issues in the Legal Environment 3
Graduate Elective 3
 Total Credits120