Department of Political Science, Legal, and Urban Studies

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Department of Political Science, Legal, and Urban Studies provides the opportunity for degrees at the BA and MA levels. We provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary for effective citizenship in a diverse and global community. In our programs, students learn about the U.S. political and legal system, the politics and cultures of other regions of the world, as well as how to critically evaluate systems of authority and power and their limits. Students will be prepared to live in an interdependent world and will obtain the literacies necessary to succeed in their chosen careers. 

Majors

  • BA in Geography
  • BA in Latin American and Latino/a Studies
  • BA in Legal Studies
  • BA in Political Science
  • BA in Urban Science and Society
  • Accelerated 5-Year BA/MA in Political Science & Public Policy

Minors

  • Minor in Forensic Studies
  • Minor in Geography
  • Minor in International Studies
  • Minor in Latin American and Latino/a Studies
  • Minor in Legal Studies
  • Minor in Middle East Studies
  • Minor in Political Science
  • Minor in Public Policy and Administration
  • Minor in Urban Studies

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)

BA in Latin American and Latino Studies
A major in Latin American and Latino studies enhances student awareness of the variety of systems and cultures within Latin America and the political economy of the Americas. Students will gain knowledge and skills to pursue career paths in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors that require specialized knowledge of Latin America. The major will also increase undergraduate student preparation for possible graduate study in political science and international affairs.

BA in Legal Studies
The program in legal studies prepares students for law school or graduate school. Additionally, the program prepares students for careers in court administration, law office management, human resources management, dispute resolution, business, local, state, or federal government, and nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

BA in Political Science
The program in political science offers valuable preparation for a wide variety of careers in the public sector, non-profit sector, and the private sector. Students obtain skills that will prepare them to enter electoral politics, education, business, law, journalism, government service, and nonprofit service. Additionally, students gain knowledge and skills for successful entry into graduate school or law school.

BA/MA in Political Science
In the addition to the academic and professional preparation students gain during the undergraduate portion of the program, the MA portion prepares students for careers in government, the nonprofit sector, and the private sector. Examples of career opportunities include policy analysts, program managers, legislative aides, researchers, public relations officers, lobbyists, human rights workers, security personnel, social studies teachers, and political journalists.

MA in Public Policy and International Affairs
The master of arts program in public policy and international affairs prepares graduates to pursue successful careers in government, the nonprofit sector, and the private sector. Examples of career opportunities include policy analysts, program managers, legislative aides, researchers, public relations officers, lobbyists, human rights workers, security personnel, social studies teachers, and political journalists.

The Department mission is structured around experiential-learning opportunities that underscore a need for multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to social problems, governance and policy, cultural identity and building diverse communities, conflict negotiation and participative democracy.  We aim

  1. to enable students to gain critical skills in order to analyze society and imagine and develop a praxis for social change, and
  2. to empower students to craft professional careers that enable the flourishing of commitments to public service, community leadership, and social justice.

Minor in International Studies
A minor in international studies will enhance student awareness of a variety of systems and cultures, international political economy, and a variety of career paths in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. The minor will increase undergraduate student preparation for entering such careers and enhance student preparation for possible graduate study in political science, international affairs, or related fields.

Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies
A minor in Latin American and Latino studies will enhance student awareness of the variety of systems and cultures within Latin America and the political economy of the Americas. Students will gain knowledge and skills they can use to pursue career opportunities that expect some specialized knowledge of Latin America. The minor will also increase undergraduate student preparation for possible graduate study in political science, international affairs, or related fields.

Minor in Legal Studies
A minor in legal studies will enhance student awareness and identification of career paths in law and the public sector; increase undergraduate student preparation for entering such careers; and enhance student preparation for possible graduate study in law.

Minor in Middle East Studies
A minor in Middle East studies will enhance student awareness of a variety of systems and cultures within the region. Students will gain knowledge and skills they can use to pursue career opportunities that expect some specialized knowledge of the Middle East. The minor will also increase undergraduate student preparation for possible graduate study in political science, international affairs, or related fields.

Minor in Political Science
A minor in political science will enhance student awareness and identification of career paths in the public and nonprofit sectors; increase undergraduate student preparation for entering such careers; and enhance student preparation for possible graduate study in political science and related fields.

Minor in Public Policy and Administration
A minor in public policy and administration will enhance student awareness and identification of career paths in the public sector; increase undergraduate student preparation for entering such careers; and enhance student preparation for possible graduate study in public policy and administration.