Pre-Law Certificate

The department strongly recommends a double major in political science and philosophy for those students who are planning to enter law school. The Department of History and Government also offers a pre-law certificate program, and provides a full range of counseling services in preparation for law school. The pre-law certificate offers a specific series of courses intended to prepare students for both the LSAT and law school. The pre-law certificate is issued by the Office of the University Registrar upon student request and completion of the below courses. Students can also receive active advice for the LSAT examination. 

Certificate Requirements (33 units)

Lower Division Requirements

POL213 American Government

The course provides an introductory overview of the American political system. It begins with a discussion of the principles of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and an examination of their impact on the country. It also covers the avenues and means of democratic citizenship and political influence in American politics. The course further examines the major political institutions in the United States: Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Courts. In order to assess the impact of government on society, the course concludes with an exploration of public policy. (Meets state requirement in United States Constitution and California Government.) (3 units; Fall/Spring)

Hinrichs, Troy
07/01/2019 Th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B258
09/03/2019 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
09/03/2019 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
09/03/2019 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

POL223 State and Local Government

This course studies the place and responsibilities of state and local governments in the United States and how they relate with other units of government. This includes an assessment of the citizenship and participation in state and local politics, both at the individual and collective level; and then an examination of state political institutions, such as governors, state legislatures, state courts, and administration. The course also covers city and county governments, and other local units of government. Although it is comparative, special attention is given to California politics. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

Barnes, Jeffrey A.
05/06/2019 TTh 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM BUS 250
09/03/2019 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

Upper Division Requirements

PHI300 Logic

A systematized study of the canons and criteria of validity in thought and its rational expression by considering the processes of reasoning and inference with applications in propositional logic, natural deduction, predicate logic and induction. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall even years)

PHI323 Ethics

This course is an appraisal of the major metaethical positions within Western philosophy such as deontological, utilitarian, and virtue ethics in light of the Christian World-view for the purpose of analyzing and synthesizing theories regarding human conduct. Attention is given to major figures in the history of ethics as well as the nature of ethical language and the concept of value. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall even years)

PHI324 Applied Ethics

An exploration of the application of various metaethical theories to ethical questions and issues that arise in various arenas of life. The study involves both the examination of methods as well as cases. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

Stumpf, Amy R.
09/03/2019 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 203

POL330 Law and Literature

This course is designed to examine the role and function of narrative in law, and the role and function of law in major works of literature, to understand better both law and literature. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

Hinrichs, Troy
09/03/2019 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

POL440 Pre-Law Internship

Students enrolled in this course will gain the professional experience valued by employers by utilizing knowledge acquired as Political Science majors in volunteer or paid internship positions. Students will perform relevant tasks under the direction of the Internship Site Supervisor. Students will identify and explore connections between their internship experiences and academic coursework. (This course does not meet the POL general education requirement.) Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair and Junior/Senior status. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring/Summer)

POL453 Admnstrtve Law and Bureaucracy

This course examines the place and impact of executive agencies on the formation and implementation of administrative law and regulation in the United States. This includes an overview of the administrative process, a discussion of administrative power, and bureaucratic organization. The course then examines the steps, stages, and participants of the administrative process, such as delegation of authority, administrative rulemaking, agency adjudication, and judicial review. The course concludes with a discussion of tort liability and sovereign immunity, the relationship between the bureaucracy and the other branches, and administrative reform. (3 units; Spring even years)

POL484 Constitutional Law I

The course facilitates an understanding of the Constitution and its relationship to the three branches of government and their functions and a greater appreciation of the role of the court in affecting their balances. Included aspects of study are the court system, judicial review, presidential power, Congress and commerce, Federalism, contracts, due process, and civil liberties. (3 units; Fall even years)

 Six units from the following: PHI 363, POL 423, 425 or 429

One of the following not included in the student's general education core curriculum: ENG 303, 313, 333, 343, 345, 403, 413, 440, 443, 460.