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.  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.

First Year
GNED 1991WRIT 1063
WRIT 1053GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics3
CMST 1013GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
World Language 13World Language 23
POLS 1003POLS 2013
POLS 1013 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
World Cultures3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
POLS 2023POLS Elective (200 level)3
 15 16
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1POLS Elective (300-400 level)3
POLS 3003POLS Elective3
Free Elective/Minor Course3Free Elective/Minor Course3
Free Elective/Minor Course3Free Elective/Minor Course3
Free Elective/Minor Course3Free Elective/Minor Course3
Free Elective/Minor Course3 
 16 15
Fourth Year
POLS Elective (300-400 level)3POLS Elective (300-400 level)3
POLS Elective (300-400 level)3Free Elective/Minor Course3
Free Elective/Minor Course3LAWS 5133
LAWS 5003Graduate Elective3
LAWS 5033 
 15 12
Total Credits 120