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Political Science: Legal Studies (BA)

Variable Credit Min

44

Variable Credit Max

44

Major Academic Plan

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1. Understand Political Science and Its Subfields

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate advanced understanding of the discipline of political science, including familiarity with each of the four major subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy.

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2. Employ Rigorous Research Methods

Learning Outcome

Use rigorous methods of research design and analysis to answer political questions, including multiple research methodologies

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3. Write and Speak with Originality and Clarity

Learning Outcome

Write and speak with originality and clarity, providing reasons and evidence to support claims using proper citation of source material.

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4. Think Critically and Analytically about Politics

Learning Outcome

Think critically and analytically about government, political processes, and political theories, including the components of a good society.

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5. Collaborate Effectively

Learning Outcome

Collaborate effectively with others, including participation in political processes and engagement on issues of political importance.

Program Requirements

The Political Science Department requires a minimum of 27 hours of political science courses to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program (BYU Independent Study courses do not meet this requirement). These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.

Requirement 1 —Complete 1 of 3 Options

Introduction to the Major.

Option 1.1 —Complete 2 Requirements

Requirement 1.1.1 —Complete 1 Course

course - Principles of Amer. Politics 3.0

Requirement 1.1.2 —Complete 1 of 4 Courses

course - Comparative Governmnt&Politics 3.0

course - Intro International Politics 3.0

course - Principles of Comprtv Politics 3.0

course - Principles of Intl Relations 3.0

Option 1.2 —Complete 2 Requirements

Requirement 1.2.1 —Complete 1 Course

course - Principles of Comprtv Politics 3.0

Requirement 1.2.2 —Complete 1 of 4 Courses

course - Amer Government & Politics 3.0

course - Intro International Politics 3.0

course - Principles of Amer. Politics 3.0

course - Principles of Intl Relations 3.0

Option 1.3 —Complete 2 Requirements

Requirement 1.3.1 —Complete 1 Course

course - Principles of Intl Relations 3.0

Requirement 1.3.2 —Complete 1 of 4 Courses

course - Amer Government & Politics 3.0

course - Comparative Governmnt&Politics 3.0

course - Principles of Amer. Politics 3.0

course - Principles of Comprtv Politics 3.0

Requirement 2 —Complete 1 of 3 Courses

Political Philosophy.

course - Western Political Heritage 1 3.0

course - Western Political Heritage 2 3.0

course - Contemporary Political Theory 3.0

Requirement 3 —Complete 1 Course

Introductory Research and Writing. (Note: This course is a prerequisite to many other courses and should be taken as soon as possible.)

course - Political Inquiry 4.0

Requirement 4 —Complete 1 of 5 Courses

Research Project. (Note: This course should be taken as soon as possible after POLI 200 because it will provide skills for many other courses. In combination with POLI 200, it fulfills the University Core Advanced Written and Oral Communication requirement.)

course - Research Proj Political Theory 3.0

course - Research Proj: Amer Politics 3.0

course - Research Proj: Public Policy 3.0

course - Research Proj: Comp Politics 3.0

course - Resrch Proj: Intrnl Relations 3.0

Requirement 5 —Complete 2 Requirements

Analytical and Professional Skills.

Requirement 5.1 —Complete 1 Course

(Note: POLI 328 should be taken as soon as possible after POLI 200 because it will provide skills for many other courses. It fulfills the University Core Languages of Learning requirement.)

course - Statistical Analysis 4.0

Requirement 5.2 —Complete 3 hours

course - Ethnographic Research Design 3.0

course - Intro to Computer Science 3.0

C S 142 - Intro to Computer Programming 3.0

course - Game Theory & Economics 3.0

ECON 488 - Applied Econometrics 3.0

course - Principles of Finance 3.0

course - Intro to GIS 3.0

course - Intro to Mgt Info Systems 3.0

course - Intro to Logic/Crit Thinking 3.0

course - Data Visualization 3.0

course - Experimental Research Methods 3.0

course - Qualitative Methods 3.0

course - Game Theory in Pol Sci 3.0

course - Survey Research Methods 3.0

course - Topics in Pol Sci Methods - You may take once 1.0v

course - Public Policy Analysis 3.0

course - Contemporary Political Theory 3.0

course - Const Law-Am Federal System 3.0

course - Const Law-Rights & Immunities 3.0

course - Advanced Statistical Analysis 3.0

course - Philosophy of Social Sciences 3.0

course - Methods of Survey Sampling 3.0

Requirement 6 —Complete 9 hours

Professional Emphasis Part 1. Note: PHIL 416 (Philosophy of Law) may be used in place of POLI 364. See your academic advisor for more information.

course - US Constitutnl His 3.0

course - Statistics for Lawyers 3.0

course - American Judicial Politics 3.0

course - Designing Democ. Constitutions 3.0

course - Jurisprudence 3.0

course - International Law 3.0

course - Topics in Legal Studies - You may take once 1.0v

course - Const Law-Am Federal System 3.0

course - Const Law-Rights & Immunities 3.0

course - Int & Ideas, Amer Founding 3.0

Requirement 7 —Complete 6 hours

Professional Emphasis Part 2. Note: PHIL 416 (Philosophy of Law) may be used in place of POLI 364. See your academic advisor for more information.

course - Civil Rights Seminar 3.0

course - US Constitutnl His 3.0

course - Statistics for Lawyers 3.0

course - American Judicial Politics 3.0

course - Congress & Legislative Process 3.0

course - Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3.0

course - Politics and Public Policy 3.0

course - Politics of Bureaucracy 3.0

course - Public Ethics 3.0

course - Government and Religion 3.0

course - Gender and Politics 3.0

course - Designing Democ. Constitutions 3.0

course - Jurisprudence 3.0

course - Early Amer Political Thought 3.0

course - Modern Amer Political Thought 3.0

course - International Law 3.0

course - International Organizations 3.0

course - Topics in Legal Studies - You may take once 1.0v

POLI 399R - Congress Internship - You may take once 0.5v

course - Const Law-Am Federal System 3.0

course - Const Law-Rights & Immunities 3.0

course - Int & Ideas, Amer Founding 3.0

course - Federalist Papers 3.0

course - Human Rights 3.0

course - Mentored Research - You may take once 1.0v

course - Sociology of Race & Ethnicity 3.0

course - Law Lecture Series - You may take once 1.0

course - Constitutional Research 1.0

course - The Law in Literature 2.0

course - Mediation Techniques & Practic 3.0

course - Legal Education & Practice 2.0

course - Prelaw Review Journal Writing - You may take once 2.0

course - Advanced Legal Internship - You may take once 1.0v

Note: Up to 3 credit hours of STDEV can count for the Legal Studies emphasis.

Note: Internships and mentored research must be related to legal studies.

Requirement 8 —Complete 6 hours

Additional electives.

course - Data Visualization 3.0

course - Experimental Research Methods 3.0

course - Qualitative Methods 3.0

course - Game Theory in Pol Sci 3.0

course - Survey Research Methods 3.0

course - Topics in Pol Sci Methods - You may take once 1.0v

course - State & Local Govt & Politics 3.0

course - American Judicial Politics 3.0

course - Interest Groups 3.0

course - U S Presidency 3.0

course - Congress & Legislative Process 3.0

course - American Political Parties 3.0

course - Pub Opinion & Voting Behavior 3.0v

course - Campaigns & Elections 3.0

course - Topics in Amer Gov & Politics - You may take up to 6.0 credit hours 0.5v

course - Media in American Politics 3.0

course- Urban and Local Politics 3.0

course - Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3.0

course - Political Psychology 3.0

course - Pol of Wilds, Parks, & Lands 3.0

course - Politics and Public Policy 3.0

course - Public Policy Analysis 3.0

course - Politics of Bureaucracy 3.0

course - Public Ethics 3.0

course - Social Policy 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Government and Religion 3.0

course - Topics in Public Policy - You may take once 1.0v

course - European Politics 3.0

course - Gender and Politics 3.0

course - Designing Democ. Constitutions 3.0

course - Comparative Political Econ 3.0

course - Comp. Parties and Elections 3.0

course - Southeast Asian Politics 3.0

course - Russia/Former Soviet Politics 3.0

course - Government & Politics of Asia 3.0

course - Topics in Politics - You may take up to 6.0 credit hours 0.5v

course - British Government & Politics 3.0

course - African Politics 3.0

course - China: Government & Politics 3.0

course - Japan:Government&Politics 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Canadian Govt & Politics 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Middle East Politics 3.0

course - Latin American Politics 3.0

course - Topics in Comparative Politics - You may take up to 6.0 credit hours 1.0v

course - Reason, Revelation, & Politics 3.0

course - Jurisprudence 3.0

course - Early Amer Political Thought 3.0

course - Modern Amer Political Thought 3.0

course - Contemporary Political Theory 3.0

course - Topics in Political Philosophy - You may take up to 6.0 credit hours 1.0v

course - Foreign Policy Analysis 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Intrnl Political Economy 3.0

course - International Law 3.0

course - Ethics & Intl Affairs 3.0

course - International Organizations 3.0

course - US Foreign Policy 3.0

course - National Security Affairs 3.0

course - International Conflict 3.0

course - Topics in Intl Relations - You may take up to 6.0 credit hours 0.5v

course - Intrnl Relations of Latin Amer 3.0

course - Intrntl Relatns of Middle East 3.0

course - IR of North America 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Intrntl Relations of Asia 3.0

course - Japanese Foreign Policy 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Intnl Rel of Devel Countries 3.0

course - Chin Foreign Polcy 3.0

course - Adv Seminar on Current Issues 3.0

course - Topics in Political Strategy - You may take once 1.0v

course - Topics in Legal Studies - You may take once 1.0v

course - Topics in Global Development - You may take once 1.0v

course - Political Review - You may take once 1.0

course - Utah Legislative Politics 2.0

course - Speaker Series on Careers 1.0

course - Washington DC Internship - You may take once 0.5v

course - Academic Internship - You may take once 0.5v

POLI 399R - International Internship - You may take once 0.5v

course - Pre-Law Internship - You may take once 0.5v

course - Utah Legislature Internship - You may take once 0.5v

course - Research Proj Political Theory 3.0

course - Research Proj: Amer Politics 3.0

course - Const Law-Am Federal System 3.0

course - Const Law-Rights & Immunities 3.0

course - Int & Ideas, Amer Founding 3.0

course - Political Extremism 3.0

course - Advanced Statistical Analysis 3.0

course - Research Proj: Public Policy 3.0

course - Political Econ of Development 3.0

course - Research Proj: Comp Politics 3.0

course - Islam and Politics 3.0

course - Federalist Papers 3.0

course - Tocqueville 3.0

course - Philosophy of Social Sciences 3.0

course - Plato's Political Thought 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Resrch Proj: Intrnl Relations 3.0

course - Intrnl Political Econ of Women 3.0

course - Human Rights 3.0

course - Arab-Palestn-Israeli Conflct 3.0

course - Civil Wars & Ethnic Violence 3.0

course - Terrorism 3.0

course - Elections and Democracy Lab - You may take once 1.0

course - Global Politics Lab - You may take once 1.0

course - Mentored Research - You may take once 1.0v

course - Directed Readings - You may take once 0.5v

POLI 499 - Honors Thesis - This course is no longer available for registration and will count only if you completed it while it was offered. Please see your college advisement center for possible substitutions. 0.5v

course - Adv Topics in Public Policy - You may take once 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Topics on World Politics - You may take once 3.0 - This course is no longer offered

course - Academic Internship - You may take once 0.5v - This course is no longer offered

course - Graduate Internship - You may take once 0.5v - This course is no longer offered

1. No double-counting of courses across requirements.

2. POLI 101R and POLI 297R do not count toward the major or any minor offered by the department.

3. Only 6 hours of POLI 399R (internship credit) may count toward the major.

4. No cooperative education (internship) credit from other universities or colleges will be accepted toward the major.

5. All students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. Established programs are available through Washington Seminar, Utah State Legislature, or the Kennedy Center. [Students should contact the Political Science Internship Director (945 KMBL, 801-422-2168) at least 60-90 days before the anticipated internship start date or before beginning the search for an internship.]

6. Only 6 hours of POLI 497R (Mentored Research) may count toward the major.

7. We strongly encourage students to take POLI 398 , a career lecture series course.