Considering an undergraduate major in Political Science or in Legal Studies?
The Political Science Department offers both
In many ways, we are not a typical Political Science department although we are one of the largest departments on campus. We’re a comprehensive department at a Research I public university, yet our approach to studying and teaching politics features challenges that often lie at the intersections of the traditional subfields. What does this mean for you? If you’re an undergraduate Political Science student, it means our curriculum starts with a focus on political issues and problems and offers you perspectives and theories that help make sense of a complex political world. In addition to traditional introductory courses in Comparative Politics, American Politics, World Politics, etc., we teach courses called “Race and Politics,” “The Politics of Food,” “Controversies in Public Policy,” “Power and Participation,” “Politics Now,” “Democracy and Justice,” and others that reach across disciplines. If you’re a Legal Studies student, it means you are also part of a unique and diverse community. We are the only university in New England to offer a Legal Studies major, and we are one of the most interdisciplinary programs in the College. We often say that legal studies is education about law, whereas law school is education in law. As a Legal Studies student, you will have the opportunity to explore courses including “Human Rights and Wrongs,” “Modern Political Trials,” “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” “Death Penalty in America,” “Law and Literature,” and “Environmental Justice.”
Our undergraduates are active in the pursuit of internships, undergraduate research and engagement, student clubs and teams, study abroad, and much more. We maintain active networking with the department’s alumni to connect our undergraduates with a range of professionals using their degree in a remarkable variety of ways.
To learn more, explore our website or contact us.