Political Science and Prelaw

Political Science

Political Science is the study of government and politics. As an academic discipline it deals with the practice of politics and the description and analysis of political institutions and political behavior. A political science undergraduate degree is a typical and excellent preparation for law school and the practice of law as a career. At higher levels, positions may require graduate training in particular political science subfields, such as public administration, public policy, or international relations. Students contemplating these higher-level positions need to remember that a strong undergraduate record is necessary for admission to graduate school. Employment by interest groups and organizations who lobby or interact with government is another area of opportunity. Many political science majors find employment in business. Journalism and the military are other fields in which the knowledge of national and international affairs is particularly appropriate. A career in education, teaching government or political science, is another possible employment option.

Political Science with a Pre-Law Concentration

The Pre-Law curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter law school and to be successful there. The program is intended for the academically strong student and is restricted to those entering students with a minimum 22 composite ACT. Students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average to stay in the program or to transfer in. The pre-law curriculum provides a major in political science and a minor in English or Journalism and includes classes from many disciplines such as history, business, and the social sciences. Law schools want students who can read, speak, and write effectively, who can think critically, who have a broad based education, and who have developed disciplined work habits.