Major in Law and Politics


Pictured: Marsha Blackburn, U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District of Tennessee; and Connor KohlscheenB.A. in Law and Politics, 2015, Summa Cum Laude, First Baseman for the FHU Lions.

From Classroom to the Capitol

While interning with Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Oklahoma native and Freed-Hardeman graduate Connor Kohlscheen served in our nation’s capitol for a summer. After being accepted by several law schools, the summa cum laude graduate chose the University of Memphis to pursue his law degree. As the first baseman on the conference-winning Lion baseball team, Kohlscheen learned the value of effort and team work, skills he can use in his own career. Challenging opportunities in and out of the classroom, including internships to strengthen experience, make Freed-Hardeman a university


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

Degree Requirements


B.A. Major in Law and Politics

126 hours

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

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements:

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

34 hours


II.  Major Requirements:

45-54 hours

POL 231

American Government 


POL 232

American Politics


POL 251

Political Geography


POL 293

Law and the American Legal System



POL 337

Comparative Governments



POL 339

Congress and Legislative Process


POL 341

American Presidency



POL 389

American Civil Liberties


POL 412

Western Political Thought (W)


POL 435

Constitutional Law (W)



POL 475

American Legal Tradition (W) 



Choose three (3) courses from the following:

9-18 hours

BUS 354

Legal Environment of Business


BUS 357

Commercial Law


POL 311

State and Local Governments


POL 320

Diversity in America


POL 335

International Relations


POL 385

Fundamentals of Criminal Law (W)



POL 393

Religion and the Law



POL 299/399F

Special Topics in Political Studies



POL 391A,B,C   

Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature OR               



POL 496

Field Laboratory



Choose one (1) course from the following list: 

3 hours 

HIS 324

American Political Biography


HIS 415

Twentieth Century World


HIS 424

Twentieth Century America 



III.  Electives (including additional Bible):  

38-47 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.)