2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 27, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Government, Law and National Security BA


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College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BA, Government, Law and National Security
Department Chair and Program Director Christopher Stevens, PhD

The Government, Law and National Security program (GLNS) prepares students to enter government service and the private sector performing jobs related to campaigns and elections, the law, public administration, public policy, and security.  Students will achieve an integrated knowledge of political science, legal studies, and public administration.  Courses examine and evaluate the means to address domestic and international threats to public safety, engage the policy making process, provide efficient administration of public resources, and render a legal system that upholds public safety and sound public administration.  Courses equip graduates with a solid academic foundation for entry level career employment and mid-level career mobility opportunities in broad areas of criminal justice, homeland and national security, government service, the law and legal services, campaigns and elections, journalism, non-profit administration and management, and political affairs/communication in the private sector.  In addition, the GLNS program will prepare students for graduate study in law, government, non-profit administration and public policy, political science, and national security studies.

Program and Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop knowledge of politics and political science

    1. Explain significant economic, legal, and political systems and their constituent parts in the United States, foreign countries, or at the international level.

    2. Explain significant economic, legal, and political issues and policies in the United States, foreign countries, or international relations.

    3. Define important theories and concepts of the subfields of political science (American, International Relations, Public Administration, and Public Law)

  2. Evaluate and employ concepts, theories, and legal perspectives

    1. Apply concepts, theories, and legal perspectives to field-relevant case studies andsupport the application with appropriate evidence.

    2. Evaluate the merits of multiple policies, theories, concepts, or legal perspectives within a
      subfield of political science.

  3. Develop and employ research skills

    1.  Explain the process, methods, research design, data analysis, and ethical issues in political science research

    2. Analyze qualitative or quantitative data in a field of political science.

    3. Formulate an original research question in light of political science or legal scholarship,
      develop theoretically generated hypotheses, and design a research paper that addresses
      the question.

    4. Communicate original research findings orally and/or in writing

  4. Develop communication (written and oral) and vocational skills

    1. Develop well structured, well sourced, convincing and coherent arguments

    2. Identify political science-related career, graduate school, and law school opportunities and assess pathways to job placement or admission to graduate or law school.

    3. Prepare and revise necessary career documents and interview skills for jobs related to political science.

 

Sequence of Required Courses


(for those in the traditional program)

First Year


First Semester


Total Credits 15

Second Semester


Total Credits 15

Sophomore Year


Total Credits 16

Second Semester


Total Credits 15

Junior Year


First Semester


Total Credits 15

Second Semester


  • GLNS Elective 3 credits
  • GLNS Elective 3 credits
  • GLNS Elective 3 credits
  • GLNS Elective 3 credits
  • Free Elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Senior Year


First Semester


  • GLNS Elective 3 credits
  • GLNS Elective 3 credits
  • GLNS Elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Second Semester


  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Total required for graduation 121 credits


Major Electives


Students complete twenty-one (24) credits chosen in consultation with the academic advisor; at least eighteen (18) of the credits must be in Political Science (POL) courses, as listed below. POL 413, 415, 450, 451, and 480 would not count toward the eighteen credits of POL courses.

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