Students majoring in political science with a pre-law concentration take courses in political science as well as in elective areas including accounting, business, communications, criminology, English, social work among other fields. The overarching emphasis of the program is both theoretical and practical. The core curriculum requirements in constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties are paired with a moot court and a required legal internship. As a result, they graduate having:

  • Explored current legal issues
  • Sharpened their writing, speaking, and analytical reasoning skills
  • Developed an understanding of human values in connection with law
  • Prepared for the LSAT, law school, and a career in law

 

The concentration requires 36 credit hours, which include 24 hours of core curriculum, plus six additional hours required courses for concentration, and six hours of electives from at least two disciplines.

 

Political Science Major with Pre-Law Concentration – 36 hours
Core Curriculum – 24 hoursPOL – 100American Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL – 200Law and Society (3 cr.)
POL – 203American Public Policy (3 cr.)
POL – 204Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
or
POL – 210International Politics (3 cr.)
POL – 205Political Ideas Seminar (3 cr.)
POL – 334Research Design and Methods (3 cr.)
POL – 380Political Science Internship (3 cr.)
POL – 498Honors Thesis in Political Studies (3 cr.)
POL – 499Senior Research (3 cr.)
or
POL – 480Advanced Fieldwork (3 cr.)

Additional Required courses for concentration:POL – 301Civil Liberties (3 cr.)
or
POL – 302Civil Rights Law (3 cr.)
POL – 401Moot Court (3 cr.)

Electives6 credit hours chosen from the following:
(Must take courses from at least two disciplines)
ACC – 220Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
BUS – 340Business Law (3 cr.)
BUS – 458Employee Relations Management (3 cr.)
COM – 225Public Speaking (3 cr.)
COM – 320Media Law (3 cr.)
ENG – 247Publishing and Editing (3 cr.)
ENG – 358Professional Writing (3 cr.)
ENG – 361Topics in Professional Writing (3 cr.)
LEG – 400Legal Survey (3 cr.)
LEG – 401Legal Research (3 cr.)
MAT – 175Statistics I (3 cr.)
POL – 235Applied Quantitative Research (3 cr.)
POL – 301Civil Liberties (3 cr.)
POL – 302Civil Rights Law (3 cr.)
POL – 340State & Local Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL – 367Lobbying and Advocacy (3 cr.)
POL – 450Politics Practicum (3 cr.)
RES – 104Religious Ethics and Social Issues (3 cr.)
RES – 220Ethics of Love and Justice (3 cr.)
RES – 344Bioethics and Society (3 cr.)
RES – 345Environmental Ethics (3 cr.)
SOC – 231Social Problems (3 cr.)
SOC – 236Criminology (3 cr.)
SOC – 242Deviance and Society (3 cr.)
SOC – 335Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)
SOC – 342Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr.)
SOC – 337Corrections (3 cr.)
SWK – 200Human Diversity and Social Justice (3 cr.)
SWK – 330Social Welfare Policy (3 cr.)
Any student choosing to pursue an additional Political Science concentration must take an additional 9 hours of coursework that has not already been applied toward the initial concentration.

The Meredith Minute - How does the Electoral College work?

How does the Electoral College work? Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo explains what the Electoral College is and the role it plays in electing the president of the United States, in this episode of The Meredith Minute.

How does the Electoral College work? Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo explains what the Electoral College is and the role it plays in electing the president of the United States, in this episode of The Meredith Minute.

Contact Information
Gregory Vitarbo
Head, History, Political Science, & International Studies Department
214 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8089
vitarbog@meredith.edu
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