Major in Law and Politics

Over 150 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville observed, "Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question."

The world is shaped by political disputes, and in America, political disputes are still profoundly influenced, and often decided, by the courts. The major in Law and Politics examines critical issues of power, liberty, equality, legitimacy, and the state, with special emphasis on the role of law and the legal system in their determination. Our students focus on developing an understanding of the relationships between government, politics and law by examining the philosophical and constitutional foundations of the American republic, its political and legal systems, and contemporary issues in both fields.

The major in Law and Politics helps students become informed, responsible citizens while preparing them for advanced studies and careers in fields like law, government, education, business, journalism, public service, and the military. For more information on the Bachelor of Arts in Law and Politics, please contact Dr. Stephen Morris at

4 -- Year Plans

To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to major in Law and Politics has been created:

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for a B.A. Major in Law and Politics

Program Coordinator: Dr. Stephen Morris
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: "Degree/Graduation Requirements."

I. General Education Requirements 46 hours
(Listed in this catalog under Academics: "General Education Display")
II. Major Requirements
HIS 412 Western Political Thought (W)   3 hours
HIS 415 Twentieth Century Europe OR   3
HIS 424 Twentieth Century America (W)  (3)
PHI 340 Logic OR   3
PHI 344 Ethics  (3)
POL 231 American Government I   3
POL 232 American Government II   3
POL 375 American Legal Tradition (W)   3
POL 435 Constitutional Law (W)   3
Select 3 courses from the following list:    9
BUS 354 Legal Environment of Business  (3)
BUS 357 Commercial Law  (3) 
POL 385 Fundamentals of Criminal Law (W)  (3)
POL 389 American Civil Liberties  (3)
Select 4 courses from the following list:   12-21
POL 320  Diversity in America (W)   (3)
POL 324  American Political Biography   (3)
POL 335  International Relations   (3)
POL 337  Comparative Governments   (3)
POL 339  Congress and Legislative Process   (3)
POL 341  American Presidency   (3)
POL 399C  Religion and Politics   (3)
POL 496  Field Lab*   (3) 
  42-51 hours
III. Additional Requirements
Humanities Course for B.A. Degree 3-4 hours

*Tennessee Legislative Internship or Washington Center Internship (Washington, D.C.)

III. Additional Requirements

Humanities Course for B.A. Degree             3-4 hours

IV. Electives (including additional Bible)                                    34-35 hours

Total Hours                                                                                       126 hours

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Government

1. Completion of the course of study for a B.A. major in Law and Politics as outlined above.

2. Required professional education courses (see Department of Education entry).