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Academics

The Department of Government and Social Sciences offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees:

And one, two-year program

Curriculum


Government

The Government major must complete course work in at least five of the six subfields of Government: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Public Law, Public Policy/Administration, and Political Theory. All Government majors must pass the Government capstone test in order to graduate.

  • GOVT 101 – American National Government
  • GOVT 250 – Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • GOVT 252 – State and Local Government
  • GOVT 300 – Political Analysis
  • GOVT 355 – Political Theory
  • GOVT 302 – American Political Behavior
    or
  • GOVT 457 – The American Congress
    or
  • GOVT 458 – The American Presidency
  • GOVT 385 – Public Administration
    or
  • GOVT 387 – Public Policy
  • GOVT 391 – International Relations and Politics
    or
  • GOVT 416 – Comparative Government
  • GOVT 399 – Civil Liberties
    or
  • GOVT 400 – Constitutional Law
  • GOVT 300+ –  Government Electives (9 hours)

For a complete listing of government courses and full course descriptions, check out the catalog.
Find out more about the government curriculum in the undergraduate catalog.

Sociology

All Sociology majors must pass the Sociology capstone test in order to graduate.

  • SOCI 151 – Introductory Sociology
  • SOCI 201 – Social Problems
    or
  • SOCI 204 – Cultural Diversity in American Society
  • SOCI 205 – Social Research I
  • SOCI – Social Science Elective (3 hours)
  • SOCI 305 – Social Research
  • SOCI 400 – Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 300+ – Sociolology Electives (18 hours)

For a complete listing of sociology courses and full course descriptions, check out the catalog.
Find out more about the sociology curriculum in the undergraduate catalog.

Pre-Law

Most law schools require the baccalaureate degree before admission. Although almost any degree is acceptable, the College of Arts and Sciences recommends a degree in government or history. In the fall of their senior year prospective law school students should take the Law School Aptitude Test (L.S.A.T.). In addition to the course requirements for the major, students should schedule:

  • FACS 400 – The Family and Law
  • GOVT 399 – Civil Liberties
  • GOVT 400 – Constitutional Law
  • BSAD 221 – Legal Environment of Business
  • BSAD 324 – Commercial Law
  • MACO 370 – Law and Ethics of Mass Communication
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