Jun 27, 2022  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Political Science, Legal Studies Concentration, BA

Department: Political Science 

The legal studies concentration is designed for students who are considering law-related careers in the private or public sectors. Having taken several law-related courses as undergraduates, graduates may thereafter pursue further study in law school or an institution training them for paralegal work.

In today’s society, the legal profession and the number of subfields that have developed has grown dramatically. Moreover, knowledge of the law and its application to everyday life is now essential. Students choosing the legal studies concentration will therefore not only gain a solid foundation in the various areas of the law, but will also gain a valuable preparation for the challenges that await in the professional world after graduation.


Learning Outcomes  

Grade Requirement

No grade lower than a “C-” in a political science (POLI) course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the political science major or minor. Students receiving a “D” or “F” in a political science course may continue as political science majors or minors but must either retake and successfully complete the course (with a minimum grade of “C-“) or must successfully complete another course that fulfills the same area for the major or minor.

Course Requirements

Distribution I electives (6 credits)

Complete at least two courses, selected from the following:


Only three credits in each of the following may be applied to the major, regardless of concentration, or the minor:

Total minimum credits: 36

Core Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours is required for graduation. These earned hours include the Core Curriculum Requirements as specified in the Core Curriculum section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, www.bridgew.edu/corecurriculum. For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.