Politics and Law

Overview

A major

No matter what field you work in, your organization will be shaped by political and legal questions and decisions.

The Politics and Law major is a multidisciplinary program that allows you to move from being a spectator of political events to an analyst. You will become 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 for all professionals.

As a Politics and Law major, you will benefit from the synergy between liberal arts and business in considering issues such as governmental
social policies, tax policy, labor law, trade policy, environmental regulation, and intellectual property rights.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Professional opportunities are available in government service, business, law, education, the nonprofit sector, journalism, and policy analysis. You will also be well prepared to pursue advanced study in law, international relations, political science, or public administration.

Politics and Law faculty

Faculty blend real world experience from the courtroom, business settings, and consulting with local, state and national governments, with a wide range of academic knowledge. Their research and teaching expertise range from American and international law to U.S. foreign policy and human rights issues. They are internationally known scholars on legal issues ranging from post-Holocaust trials in Germany to the ethical concerns raised by modern science.

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Requirements

For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

 

Politics and Law Major Requirements

Western Legal Traditions (LGLS220)

Civil Rights and Liberties (LGLS351)

Law and Society (LGLS360)

Introduction to Global Politics (POLS/GLOB241) or Honors: Politics of the Global System (POLS/GLOB290)

Government and Society in America (POLS256) or Honors: Contemporary American Politics (POLS291)

Comparative Politics (POLS361)

Three (3) Electives in the major from POLS and LGLS (at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level)

Seminar in Politics and Law (POLS/LGLS490)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

*Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

Business Minor Requirement

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales).

Electives  - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

*Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

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To learn more, please contact:
John Dietrich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Political Science Coordinator
Department of History and Social Sciences
jdietric@bryant.edu


Andrea Boggio, J.S.D.

Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Legal Studies Coordinator
Department of History and Social Sciences
aboggio@bryant.edu

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.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

John W. Dietrich, Ph.D.
Associate 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.