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Department of Social Sciences


PRE-LAW EMPHASIS IN THE POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR

Emporia State is the only institution in Kansas that offers senior pre-law students the opportunity to take a special orientation course on what to expect in law school.  The course is taught every other year in the spring by a third-year law student from the University of Kansas or Washburn University law schools.

Emporia State pre-law graduates have been accepted at outstanding law schools throughout the country and are now practicing in a variety of fields as lawyers and judges. Our graduates believe the pre-law training provided by Emporia State is as good as that offered by any institution in the country.


Regarding Academic Preparation

ESU students now can pursue the Pre-Law Emphasis in the Political Science major. The new emphasis responds to law schools' suggestion that applicants have a broad academic foundation with oral and written communication skills, sound reasoning (critical thinking) abilities, and an understanding of the nature, development, and operations of the political, social, and economic institutions of society. They seek applicants who have acquired self-discipline and rigorous study habits in the course of their undergraduate studies.

Law is often considered as one of the Social Sciences, thus some acquaintance with other social sciences should be part of one's pre-law preparation. Students should evaluate their own academic aspirations, interests, and abilities, and build on their strengths as they prepare for law school. The couse of study in pre-law in the political science major is designed to allow students to do just that.

For more information contact Pre-law advisor Dr. Phil Kelly: pkelly@emporia.edu

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE WITH PRE-LAW EMPHASIS

 

Credit hours: 43-57

—This may include some courses taken to satisfy requirements for general education.—

Required Courses

Political Science (required core): 9 hours

  •  PO121 American National Government (3 hrs.)**

  •  PO330 International Relations (3 hrs.)

  •  PO333 American Foreign Policy (3 hrs.)

  • PO 502 Political Science Capstone (0 hrs.)

Research Seminars (required): 6 hours

  •  PO500 Research in Political Science (3 hrs.)

  • PO 501 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hrs.) 

Pre-law Core:  Selected at least five courses from the following (14-15 hours)

  • PO 444 Constitutional Law I (3 hours)***

  • PO 445 Constitutional Law II (3 hours)***

  • PO 448 American Judiciary (3 hours)***

  • PO 480 Introduction to Law (2 hours)***

  • SO 125 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)

  • SO 309 Law and the Legal System (3 hours)

  • SO 335 Criminal Court Process (3 hours)

Pre-law Electives. Select at least one class from each of the following groupings (12 credit hours)

Political Science

  • PO 121 American National Government (3 hours)**

  • PO 335 International Law and Organization (3 hours)***

  • PO 350 Public Administration (3 hours)***

  • PO 411 Contemporary Political Ideas (3 hours)

  • PO 412 American Political Ideas (3 hours)

Sociology

  • SO 310 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 hours) 

  • SO 370 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hours)*

  • SO 403 Sociology of Corrections (3 hours)

  • SO 410 Domestic Violence (3 hours)

  • SO 418 Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)

  • SO 420 Sociology of Divorce (3 hours) 

Communications

  • SP 222 Argumentation and Debate (3 hours)

  • SP 306 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)

  • SP 322 Theories of Argument (3 hours)

  • SP 332 Theories of Persuasion (3 hours)

  • SP 500 Conflict Resolution (3 hours)

Business

  • AC 223 Financial Accounting (3 hours)

  • BU 353 Legal Environment of Business (3 hours)

  • BU 373 Law of Commerce (3 hours)

  • BU 550 Legal Environment of Internat’l. Business (3 hours)

Political Science (electives): 15 hours

  •  PO100 Introduction to Government & Politics (3 hrs.)

  •  PO335 International Law & Organization (3 hrs.)***

  •  PO345 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hrs.)

  •  PO350 Public Administration (3 hrs.)***

  •  PO405 Development of Political Thought (3 hrs.)

  •  PO407 Contemporary Political Ideas (3 hrs.)

  •  PO427 Government & Politics of Latin America (3 hrs.)

  •  PO471 Independent Study (1-3 hrs.)

  • Other electives may be used to fill the 15 hours, in consultation with a Political Science Advisor.

*Pre-law courses marked with one asterisk may also be used to meet university General Education Requirements

**Pre-law courses marked with two asterisks may also be used to meet the required core requirements for the B.A. degree

***Pre-law courses marked with three asterisks may also be used as Political Science Electives for the BA degree

Competency in a foreign language is a requirement for all BA degrees at ESU.  This competency commonly entails 10 credits hours in one foreign language.

The course of study includes completion of General Education requirements and a minor or second program of study in another field.  Within the broad study, additional courses may be added in pursuit of a second major.


 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE WITH PRE-LAW EMPHASIS

 The Bachelor of Science focuses on knowledge and understanding of American political institutions, organizations, and processes.  Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science will gain from a disciplined study of legislative, executive, and judicial institutions at the national, state, and local levels.  The Bachelor of Science is appropriate for those considering careers as policy analysts, legislative staff or consultants, lobbyists, advisors to candidates and political parties, or interest group leaders and consultants. It also serves as excellent prepartion for graduate work in political science, public administration, policy analysis, and law school.

Credit hours: 58-81

—This may include some courses taken to satisfy requirements for general education.—

Required Courses

Political Science (required core): 15 hours

  • PO121 American National Government (3 hrs.)**

  • PO322 State & Local Government (3 hrs.) 

  • PO350 Public Administration (3 hrs.)

  • PO405 Development of Political Thought (3 hrs.)

  • PO408 American Political Thought (3 hrs.)

  • PO 502 Political Science Capstone (0 hrs.)

    Research Seminars (required): 6 hours

  • PO500 Research in Political Science (3 hrs.)

  • PO501 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hrs.)

Pre-law Core:  Selected at least five courses from the following (14-15 hours)

  • PO 444 Constitutional Law I (3 hours)****

  • PO 445 Constitutional Law II (3 hours)****

  • PO 448 American Judiciary (3 hours)***

  • PO 480 Introduction to Law (2 hours)****

  • SO 125 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)

  • SO 309 Law and the Legal System (3 hours)

  • SO 335 Criminal Court Process (3 hours)

     

Pre-law Electives. Select at least one class from each of the following groupings (12 credit hours)

Political Science

  • PO 121 American National Government (3 hours)**

  • PO 335 International Law and Organization (3 hours)*****

  • PO 350 Public Administration (3 hours)*****

  • PO 411 Contemporary Political Ideas (3 hours)

  • PO 412 American Political Ideas (3 hours)

Sociology

  • SO 310 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 hours) 

  • SO 370 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hours)*,******

  • SO 403 Sociology of Corrections (3 hours)

  • SO 410 Domestic Violence (3 hours)

  • SO 418 Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)

  • SO 420 Sociology of Divorce (3 hours)

 

Communications

  • SP 222 Argumentation and Debate (3 hours)******

  • SP 306 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)

  • SP 322 Theories of Argument (3 hours)

  • SP 332 Theories of Persuasion (3 hours)

  • SP 500 Conflict Resolution (3 hours)

Business

  • AC 223 Financial Accounting (3 hours)

  • BU 353 Legal Environment of Business (3 hours)

  • BU 373 Law of Commerce (3 hours)

  • BU 550 Legal Environment of Internat’l. Business (3 hours)

 

Study of institutions: select 9 hours

  • PO446 The American Legislature (3 hrs.)

  • PO447 The American Presidency (3 hrs.)

  • PO448 The American Judiciary (3 hrs.)***

  • PO449 The American Bureaucracy (3 hrs.)

Preferred Political Science electives: select 12 hours

  • One course in institutions (above) not used to satisfy that requirement, plus 9 hours from the following:

  • PO351 Seminar in Public Administration (3 hrs.)

  • PO400 Seminar in Political Science (3 hrs.)

  • PO407 Contemporary Political Ideas (3 hrs.)

  • PO444 Constitutional Law I:  Governmental Institutions (3 hrs.)****

  • PO445 Constitutional Law II:  Civil Liberties (3 hrs.)****

  • PO455 Legislative Internship (5 hrs.)

  • PO480 Introduction to Law (2 hrs.)****

  • PO471 Independent Study (3 hrs.)

 

Other Political Science electives: 6 hours

  • Any of the preferred electives (above) not already taken for credit.

  • PO330 International Relations (3 hrs.)

  • PO335 International Law & Organization (3 hrs.)*****

  • PO345 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hrs.)

  • PO425 Politics of Developing Areas (3 hrs.)

  • PO 426 Government & Politics of China (3 hrs.)

  • PO427 Government & Politics of Latin America (3 hrs.)

Other Electives: 6 hours

  • PI301 Ethics (3 hrs.)

  • PI 302 Basic Logic (3 hrs.)

  • SP222 Argumentation & Debate (3 hrs.)******

  • SO202 Social Problems (3 hrs.)

  • SO320 Social Stratification (3 hrs.)

  • SO 353 Criminology (3 hrs.)

  • SO370 Race & Ethnic Relations (3 hrs.) *,******

*Pre-law courses marked with one asterisk may also be used to meet university General Education Requirements

**Pre-law courses marked with two asterisks may also be used to meet the required core requirements for the B.S. degree

***Pre-law courses marked with three asterisks may also be used to meet the Political Science Study of Institutions Requirement for the BS degree

****Pre-law courses marked with four asterisks may also be used to meet the Political Science Preferred Electives requirement for the BS degree

*****Pre-law courses marked with five asterisks may also be used to meet the Political Science Electives requirement for the BS degree

******Pre-law courses marked with six asterisks may also be used to meet the Other Electives requirement for the BS degree