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Program: B.A., Political Science

Law and Society

Program Description

This option offers students an in-depth study of public law and the philosophies upon which our legal system is based. The option may be selected by students who wish to pursue a career in law or to prepare for careers in government, politics and public offices within public and nonprofit organizations or the private sector.

Program Requirements

1. Basic Requirements (12 units)

2. Advanced Requirements in Upper Division (36 units)

  1. Choose three courses in Domestic Politics and Policy (9 units)
  2. Choose three courses in Global Politics and Policy (9 units)
  3. Choose two Proseminars (POLS 471A-F) (6 units)*
  4. Choose four Electives (12 units)–must include two of the following: POLS 450, POLS 455, POLS 457A or POLS 457B.
    May also include ENGL 407, PHIL 390, PHIL 446, PHIL 460, SOC 434.

*Internship (POLS 494I/A), Judicial Internship (POLS 494J/A), Model United Nations (POLS 427A/L or POLS 427B/L) or The Politics of Community Action (POLS 449) may be substituted for 3 units of POLS 471.

Advanced Courses


POLS 360POLS 361POLS 380POLS 403POLS 404POLS 405POLS 406POLS 407POLS 413POLS 440POLS 441, POLS 442, POLS 443POLS 444POLS 445POLS 446POLS 447APOLS 448POLS 449POLS 450POLS 455POLS 457APOLS 457B, POLS 458, POLS 460POLS 461POLS 462POLS 463POLS 465POLS 466POLS 467, POLS 469/L, POLS 471A, POLS 471E and POLS 471F


POLS 310POLS 321, POLS 330, POLS 332POLS 410POLS 420A, POLS 420B, POLS 420C, POLS 420D, POLS 420E, POLS 420F, POLS 420G, POLS 420HPOLS 421POLS 422POLS 423, POLS 424, POLS 426POLS 427A/L, POLS 427B/L, POLS 428POLS 429, POLS 430, POLS 431, POLS 432APOLS 432BPOLS 433A, POLS 433C, POLS 434APOLS 434B, POLS 435A, POLS 435BPOLS 436APOLS 438POLS 439A, POLS 439B, POLS 448, POLS 471B, POLS 471CPOLS 480 and POLS 481


POLS 303, POLS 321POLS 350POLS 372POLS 411POLS 412POLS 414, POLS 415, POLS 471DPOLS 486SOCPOLS 490CA, POLS 494SOC, POLS 496A-Z, POLS 498A, POLS 498B, POLS 498C, POLS 499A, POLS 499B, POLS 499C and POLS 499RIA

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
Students may not double count Political Science and GE courses. POLS 155 or POLS 355 meets both major and Title 5 Requirement courses in the major, and all Title 5 and General Education courses must be taken for a letter grade. They may not be taken Credit/No Credit. POLS 155 or POLS 355 partially fulfills the Title 5 requirement.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 48

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 24

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Department of Political Science
Chair: David Leitch
Sierra Hall (SH) 210
(818) 677-3488

Student Learning Outcomes

Completion of a bachelor’s degree in Political Science will provide the student with:

  1. The basic concepts, theories, research methodology and empirical findings within the discipline of political science.
  2. A knowledge of Western and non-Western political systems, processes, values and patterns of interaction among these systems.
  3. An understanding of the political institutions through which public plans are formulated and implemented.
  4. A working knowledge of research designs, measurement, computer-assisted data analyses, use of the Internet and the ability to interpret the result of using these tools.