Degree/Majors

The Department of Political Science and Public Policy offers the Bachelor of Arts degree.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS:

POSC 101: Introduction to Political Science

POSC 201: American National Government

POSC 307: Scopes and Methods of Political Science

POSC 314: Comparative Government

POSC 385: International Relations

POSC 402: Political Theory

POSC 450: Senior Seminar

POSC XXX: Political Science elective

POSC XXX: Political Science elective

ECON 211-ECON 212: Principles of Economics I and II

HIST 105-HIST 106: History of the United States I and II

2 semesters of the same foreign language

POSC XXX: Comparative Government Elective

POSC XXX: International Relations Elective

POSC XXX: American Government and Politics Elective

MINORS:

Students minoring in Political Science must complete the following required courses with a grade of "C" or better:

POSC 101: Introduction to Political Science 3
POSC 201: American National Government 3
POSC 307: Scope and Methods of Political Science
POSC XXX: Political Science Elective* 3
POSC XXX: Political Science Elective* 3
POSC XXX: Political Science Elective* 3

PRE-LAW PROGRAM

Through the Department of Political Science and Public Policy, a pre-law program is offered to serve those students planning to attend law school. The Pre-Law Advisor coordinates the program and advises students on courses to pursue, provides assistance in preparing students to take Law School Admissions Tests (LSAT) through LSAT workshops and coordinates visits by law schools and other persons. The Pre-Law Club assists in these activities. The student preparing for law school is expected to develop basic skills and insights through: (1) comprehension and expression in words; (2) critical understanding of human institutions and values with which the law deals; and (3) active powers in thinking. In order to realize these objectives, the student should pursue a wide range of interdepartmental courses to assure a broad liberal education.

Required Courses for a Minor in Pre-Law

Students minoring in Pre-Law must complete the following required courses with a grade of "C" or better:

SOCI 315: Sociology of Law and Law Enforcement 3
HIST 337: American Constitutional History 3
POSC 415 : American Constitutional Law 3
PHIL 333: Philosophy of Law
POSC 455: Seminar-Legal Research and Writing 3

ELECTIVE (Choose one of the following courses) 3

BUAD 381 Legal Environment I
BUAD 382 Business Law
POSC 304 The Supreme Court and Civil Rights
POSC 416 Race and Public Law
POSC 390 Colloquium: Study and Practice
of Law
POSC 498 Senior Internship
PSYC 210 Abnormal Psychology
SPCH 201 Argumentation and Advocacy

PUBLIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Department of Political Science and Public Policy offers public service internships to all interested sophomore, junior and senior political science majors. These internships permit students to work with judges of the Supreme Bench and District Court; legislators of the General Assembly; Baltimore City Council; Juvenile Services Department; other state, local and federal agencies; and non-profit organizations. Students may receive a stipend, as well as earn five credits, while working a minimum of 15 hours per week at their placement.