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 

I. General Education Requirements 45 hours
(Listed in this catalog under Academics:  General Education Display)
II. Major Requirements
POL 231 American Government    3
POL 232 American Politics   3
POL 251 Political Geography   3
POL 412  Western Political Thought (W)    3
POL 435 Constitutional Law (W)   3
POL 475  American Legal Tradition (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)
POL 393  Religion and the Law    3
Select 4 courses from the following list:   12-21
POL 299/399F Special Topics in Political Studies  (3)
POL 335 International Relations  (3)
POL 337 Comparative Governments  (3)
POL 339  Congress and Legislative Process   (3)
POL 341  American Presidency    (3)
POL 496
Field Lab   (3-12)
Select two courses from the following list:  6  
HUM 320  Diversity in America  (3) 
PHI 340  Logic  (3) 
HIS 324  American Political Biography  (3) 
HIS 415  Twentieth Century World  (3) 
HIS 424  Twentieth Century America  (3) 

III. Electives (including additional Bible):                                            27-36 hours

​Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Government:
1.  Completion of the B.A. major in Law and Politics as outlined above.

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