department of political science
Law and American Civilization
Law and American Civilization majors must complete 54 units. The program is divided into four parts, and writing skills are emphasized throughout. First, students must complete two introductory courses, one each in political science and economics, which acquaint students with the nature of law and its role in American society. Second, students will take four required courses: one at the lower-division, two at the upper-division level and an advanced writing course. These courses further situate students in American culture, politics, judicial policymaking and logical thinking. Third, students will have several options in choosing electives, which will be offered by several departments: Accounting, Mass Communication and Communication Studies, English, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Political Science. Fourth and finally, students will undertake a 6-unit capstone experience of their choice and, if possible, design.
Advanced students may wish to undertake a project in the workplace and then write an evaluative essay on that experience as it fits into the overall program. Other students will participate in a senior seminar, in which they will write a research paper on some aspect of the law or develop a thesis supervised by the program director. Finally, qualified students may choose to write an honors thesis.
I. Introductory Courses (6 units)
additional 300- or 400-level Philosophy course or