Students who major in another discipline may also decide to pursue a minor in politics. The politics minor requires completion of the three introductory courses (POL 111, POL 112, and POL 211); two courses in one of the three concentrations (American, world, or theory); and one additional politics course.
Politics Pre-Law Minor
Politics majors who wish to tailor their major more specifically as preparation for law school may follow the formal politics pre-law track. Interested students should register at the departmental office and contact the program coordinator, Dr. Dennis Coyle, for advisement.
Pre-law students take POL 220: Introduction to Law and Politics, in addition to the three introductory courses required of all majors. They then take two law-related courses at the 300 or 400 levels, including at least one semester of Constitutional Law (323 and/or 324). Other offerings vary from year to year, and may include courses such as Law and Morality, Principles of the American Founding, or International Organizations. Please consult with Dr. Coyle and the department administrative assistant for a current list.
Finally, pre-law students take one 400-level law-related course, usually in the senior year. Classes typically offered at this level include POL 407A: The Supreme Court, or other course under advisor approval.
Certificate in Intelligence Studies
The Politics department offers an interdisciplinary Certificate in Intelligence Studies for students who seek a deeper understanding of the mysterious world of intelligence. It seeks to bridge the widely-recognized gap between what new employees in the Intelligence community should know and what they typically do know.
Students in the program must complete three intelligence courses (starting with Introduction to American Intelligence), plus three elective intelligence-related courses, one of which must be from outside the Politics major. For detailed requirements, click here.