Undergraduate Degree - Political Science - Prelaw

Program:
Political Science - Prelaw
Program Code:
4380 Political Science-Prelaw
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FQ73
Department:
Department of Political Science
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Social Science

Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Programs
Political Science - Prelaw

The prelaw major is designed to introduce students to the study of law and the judicial process and at the same time to provide an orientation to the law which is more general than that of most law schools. Students who elect this program may plan careers in (1) government and large businesses, (2) law firms, (3) individual or partnership practice of civil law, (4) trial practice, including criminal law, and (5) teaching. Since very few law schools provide information about the political, economic, societal and psychological environment in which the law exists, this background must generally be acquired prior to or after law school. The prelaw major is intended to give students the analytical skills and substantive background in those courses which will most likely contribute to their development.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science–Prelaw

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science–Prelaw.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Political Science—Prelaw major is met by completing one of the following courses:  Political Science 421 or 422.  Those courses are referenced in item 3.a.(5) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses in the Department of Political Science (37 credits)  
      (1) All of the following courses (15 credits):  
        PLS 100 Introduction to American Politics 3
        PLS 200 Introduction to Political Science 4
        PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
        PLS 392 Special Topics in Political Science 4
      (2) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
        PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
        PLS 160 Introduction to International Relations 3
        PLS 170 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3
      (3) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
        PLS 320 Judicial Politics 3
        PLS 321 Constitutional Law 3
      (4) At least four additional political science courses at the 300–400 level to total at least 12 credits. Only one of the following courses may be counted toward this requirement:  
        PLS 494 Field Experience in Political Science  
          or        
        PLS 495 Independent Study  
      (5) One of the following courses (4 credits):  
        PLS 421 Moot Court and Legal Research in Federal Law (W) 4
        PLS 422 Seminar in Political Science (W) 4
        NOTE: Of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for 3.  a. (2) and 3. a. (4), at least two courses must be in comparative/international politics (PLS 140, PLS 160, PLS 342-359, and PLS 361-369), and at least two courses must be in political philosophy (PLS 170 and PLS 370-379). One of the comparative/international politics courses may be a course from an approved list of courses, offered outside the Department of Political Science. The approved list of comparative/international politics courses is available in the Department of Political Science. Students should consult with their academic advisor with questions concerning this requirement.  

 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Political Science - Prelaw, BA (4380)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Introductory Courses
Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Introductory Courses: 4 courses from PLS100, PLS200, PLS201, PLS392

Requirement 12: Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Introductory II Courses
Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Introductory II Courses: 1 course from PLS140, PLS160, PLS170

Requirement 13: Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Law
Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Law: 1 course from PLS320, PLS321

Requirement 14: Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Upper Level Electives
Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Upper Level Electives: 4 courses from PLS courses at the 300 - 400 level
Conditions:
Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Upper Level Electives: No more than 1 course from PLS494, PLS495 in Requirement(s) 14

Requirement 15: Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Tier II Writing
Major - Political Science - Prelaw - Tier II Writing: 1 course from PLS421, PLS422
Conditions:
Major - Political Science - Prelaw: Of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for requirements 15, 17, at least two courses must be in comparative/international politics (PLS140, PLS160, PLS342-359, PLS361-369), and at least two courses must be in political philosophy (PLS170 and PLS370-379). One of the comparative/international politics courses may be a course from an approved list of courses, offered outside the Department of Political Science. The approved list of comparative/international politics courses is available in the Department of Political Science. Please consult your academic adviser. (Applies to Requirement(s) 15)

Requirement 16: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 33 credits from Political Science courses

Requirement 17: Major - Policital Science - Prelaw - Distribution - American Government and Politics
Major - Policital Science - Prelaw - Distribution - American Government and Politics: 2 courses from American Government and Politics courses

Requirement 18: Major - Policital Science - Prelaw - Distribution - Methods of Political Analysis
Major - Policital Science - Prelaw - Distribution - Methods of Political Analysis: 2 courses from Methods of Political Analysis courses

Requirement 19: Major - Political Science - Distribution - International Relations and Comparative Politics
Major - Political Science - Distribution - International Relations and Comparative Politics: 2 courses from International and Comparative Politics courses

Requirement 20: Major - Policital Science - Prelaw - Distribution - Political Theory and Philosophy
Major - Policital Science - Prelaw - Distribution - Political Theory and Philosophy: 2 courses from Political Theory and Philosophy courses

Requirement 21: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 15 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, GEO, HST, LIR, PSY, SOC, SW, UP excluding ANP202, 206, 340 and GEO203, 206, 206L.
Conditions:
College - Social Science - Social Science: No more than 4 credits from SSC493, SSC496 in Requirement(s) 21

Requirement 22: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 9 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.

Requirement 23: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 6 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.

Requirement 24: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 25: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 26: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.