Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Pre-Law Option

About

Planning on going to law school or working as a paralegal? The 82-credit Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with the Pre-Law Option will help prepare you for success.

In this program, you’ll study American government, political theory, political philosophy and develop the skills you’ll need in graduate school. After completing a set of required courses, you’ll choose from electives in the following subfields:

  • American Government & Politics
  • International Relations & Comparative Politics
  • Political Philosophy

Our graduates find jobs in the public sector, as well as domestic and international business firms.

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Political Science with Pre-Law Option Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Notes:

  • no substitutions for core courses;
  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.
Required Introductory Courses
POLI 100INTRODUCTION TO US POLITICS5
POLI 202INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY5
POLI 203INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS5
POLI 204INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS5
Disciplinary Core
POLI 300U.S. JUDICIAL PROCESS5
POLI 313ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT5
or POLI 314 MODERN WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
POLI 320INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS5
POLI 332THE U.S. PRESIDENCY5
POLI 335U.S. CONGRESS5
Required Senior Level Courses
POLI 490SENIOR CAPSTONE 5
POLI 493PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT1-2
Elective Requirements
Choose two 300 level courses from two subfields10
Choose two 300 level courses from the American Government subfield 10
Choose two 400 level courses below POLI 495 from two subfields 10
Subfield Distribution Lists
American Government and Politics
U.S. JUDICIAL PROCESS
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
JURISPRUDENCE
BASIC CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
FEDERALISM, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS
THE U.S. PRESIDENCY
PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
U.S. CONGRESS
U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS
STATE LEGISLATIVE POLITICS EXPERIENCE
MOCK TRIAL I
TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
MOCK TRIAL II
International Relations/Comparative Politics
INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL WATER POLICY
EUROPEAN POLITICS
POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
POLITICS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
POLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA
TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Political Philosophy
JURISPRUDENCE
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT
MODERN WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
MARX AND MARXISM
NATIONS, NATIONALISM AND PATRIOTISM
TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY
Total Credits82

Catalog Listing

General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance Exams 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
Foreign Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.

Degree Works calculates based on these two catalog years.

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Political Science with Pre-Law from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • analyze legal cases;
  • analyze the values that underlie different forms of governments;
  • appraise political issues;
  • communicate about politics clearly and professionally;
  • critique foundational issues embedded in political questions;
  • describe sources of law;
  • explain how socioeconomic diversity plays a role in political affairs.