Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Legal Studies Emphasis)

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120   
Major: 30 sch    Minor (optional): 18 sch

GOVT.BA      CIP Code: 45.1001.00

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major 

GOV 3153Law, Politics, and Public Policy3
GOV 3173Introduction to Comparative Politics3
GOV 3723Modern Political Thought3
GOV 4073Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure3
GOV 4533International Relations3
GOV 4933Senior Seminar3
Plus 12 more semester credit hours from the following courses12
Criminal Investigation
Legal Research
Legal Research II
Criminal Law
Criminal Evidence and Procedure
The American Legislative Process
Gender, Identity, and the Law
Estate Planning
Constitutional Law: Individual Rights
Constitutional Rights and Criminal Justice
Civil Trial Practice and Litigation
Family Law
Real Estate Law
Legal Studies Internship
Legal Studies Internship
Total SCHs30

Other Requirements

English Literature (2000 level or higher if not already completed)3
Global Perspectives (if not already completed)3
Foreign Language (12 sch of the same language)12
*Electives (select with academic advisor)30
Total SCHs48

*Students are encouraged to select internship credit as part of the electives.

*The example below is only a suggestion. It is recommended to see an advisor for a personalized Plan of Study

First Year
Creative Arts Core3
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Mathematics Core3
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Elective (GP)3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
English Literature3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Science Core3
Elective (or minor)3
Foreign Language3
 SCHs 15
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
Foreign Language3
Elective (or minor)3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
GOV 3173Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOV 4533International Relations 3
Elective 3
Elective (or minor)3
Foreign Language3
 SCHs 15
GOV 3723Modern Political Thought 3
GOV 4073Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure 3
Government/Political Science Elective for major (advanced)3
Elective (or minor)3
Foreign Language3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
GOV 3153Law, Politics, and Public Policy 3
Government/Political Science required for major (advanced)3
Elective (or minor)3
Elective (advanced)3
 SCHs 15
GOV 4933Senior Seminar 3
Government/Political Science elective required for major (advanced)3
Government/Political Science elective required for major (advanced)3
Elective (advanced)3
Elective (or minor)3
 SCHs 15
 Total SCHs:  120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.