Politics and Law
Our world is shaped by political and legal questions and decisions. The Politics and Law major is a multidisciplinary program that provides you with the knowledge and intellectual skills to analyze complex policy issues, to understand how laws and political decisions are shaped by cultural forces and historical developments, and to re-examine long-standing ethical and intellectual questions that shape personal and societal choices.
You can move from being a spectator of political events to an active citizen with the capacity to shape decisions and contribute to a successful democratic society. You will complement your major by minoring in a business discipline and learning key principles and concepts essential to all professionals.
As a Politics and Law major, you will consider issues such as governmental social policies, environmental regulations, combating terrorism, developing global institutions, the death penalty, same-sex marriage, and intellectual property rights.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
Recent graduates have found jobs in government service, business, law, education, the nonprofit sector, journalism, policy analysis, and many other fields. Majors have also pursued advanced study in law, international relations, political science, public administration, and other fields at some of the country's top universities.
Politics and Law faculty
Faculty blend a wide range of academic knowledge with real-world experience from the courtroom, business settings, and consulting with local, state and national governments. Their research and teaching expertise range from Presidential politics to environmental issues in Japan to U.S. foreign policy and human rights issues. They are internationally recognized scholars on legal issues ranging from post-Holocaust trials in Germany to the ethical concerns raised by modern science to entertainment law.
RAISING THE BAR
Brian Sears ’15
Studying: Politics and Law/Business Administration
Growing up, Sears admits he argued with his mom a lot – but won most of their arguments. Those around him recognized a future lawyer long before he did.
Sears makes a strong case for Bryant when he conducts campus tours for prospective students, noting that in small classes professors get to know you beginning your first semester.
“I get to show off Bryant, and it makes me love my school even more,” says Sears, who plans to be a prosecutor.
SUCCESSFUL PATH TO LAW SCHOOL
Julien Dumont ’12
Studying at: Wake Forest University School of Law
“Bryant provided me with a rich diversity of experiences that will serve me well as I enter law school,” says this award-winning graduate. “I’ve developed close relationships with professors who have helped guide my academic and personal growth.”
Dumont, who hails from Saint Hubert, Quebec, Canada, completed three internships within the legal system. “These real-life experiences have helped confirm my career choice and provided meaningful insight into the path I wish to follow.”
Dumont is attending Wake Forest University School of Law.
John W. Dietrich, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
As the son of a college professor and a teacher, you could say that education is part of Dietrich’s DNA. Students describe his classes as eye opening, challenging, and even life changing, often sparking an interest in law, public service, or government. “My students would also say that I’m very organized, focused on teaching, and pretty demanding in my expectations,” he says. This award-winning faculty member holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. His research and teaching interests include international relations, US foreign policy, international security, and human rights policy.