Major Program (42-69 semester hours)
Core Requirements (15-30 semester hours)
POLI 103 Introduction to World Politics 3
POLI 105 American National Government 3
MATH 105 Introduction to Statistics 3
POLI 333 Scope & Methods in Political Science 3

One course from the following:
POLI 497 Senior Thesis 3
POLI 498 Washington Internship 3-15
POLI 499 Internship 3-15

Group requirements of all concentrations (9 semester hours)
Three courses are required, one from each group

Group l: American Politics
POLI 205 Contemporary Political & Social Justice Issues 3
POLI 210 Introduction to Law 3
POLI 220 Public Administration 3
POLI 221 State and Local Politics 3
POLI 225 Politics, Parties, and Pressure Groups 3
POLI 325 The United States Since 1945 3
POLI 345 Constitutional Law: American Community 3
POLI 346 Constitutional Law: Bill of Rights 3
POLI 350 Legal Process/Mock Trial 3
POLI 355 The Presidency 3
POLI 365 The Congress 3
POLI 370 Social Reform and the Welfare State 3
POLI 375 American Public Policy 3

Group II: Political Theory
POLI 201 American Political Thought 3
POLI 321 Western Political Philosophy 3

Group III: International Relations/Foreign & Comparative Politics
POLI 208 Comparative Political Analysis 3
POLI 283 The Middle East in World Affairs 3
POLI 308 Politics of Eastern Europe and Russia 3
POLI 328 The United States in World Affairs 3
POLI 493 Directed Foreign Travel 3

Concentration Requirements (Choose one of the following)
Concentration in American Politics (18 semester hours)
Choose six courses from the following:
POLI 201 American Political Thought 3
POLI 205 Contemporary Political & Social Justice Issues 3
POLI 225 Political Parties and Pressure Groups 3
POLI 230 Political Communication 3
POLI 325 The United States Since 1945 3
POLI 328 The United States in World Affairs 3
POLI 345 Constitutional Law: American Community 3
POLI 346 Constitutional Law: Bill of Rights 3
POLI 355 The Presidency 3
POLI 365 The Congress 3
POLI 375 American Public Policy 3

Concentration in Public Policy (30 semester hours)
Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)
ACCT 125 Financial Accounting 3
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MGMT 150 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
POLI 220 Public Administration 3
POLI 375 American Public Policy 3
Four courses from the following (12 semester hours)
POLI 205 Contemporary Political & Social Justice Issues 3
POLI 221 State and Local Politics 3
POLI 320 Policy Analysis, Implementation & Evaluation 3
POLI 328 The United States in World Affairs 3
POLI 400 Policy Topics 3

Concentration in General/Pre-law (Minimum of 18 semester hours)
POLI XXX Six courses from the Political Science Curriculum 18

Pre-Law Notes
The pre-law handbook, published by the Association of American Law Schools and the Law School Admission Council, states that no specific major, course of studies, department, or division is preferred for all students preparing for a law career. A future law student needs to develop experience and skills in three basic areas:

  • effectiveness in the comprehension and use of language
  • in-depth understanding of human institutions and values
  • creative power in thinking.

A particular major may be more helpful if a student has already determined what type of lawyer he or she wants to be. For example, someone seeking a career in corporation law may find that a business administration major will give the best preparation for future work. English, history, criminal and social justice, political science, philosophy, and sociology are other areas typically chosen as pre-law majors.

Many USF students major in political science since there are a number of courses in the major associated with the field of law. For instance, the Introduction to Law course teaches students to think like lawyers and includes visits to local law schools as well as class visits by law school admission counselors. The department also offers courses in Intro to Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Corporate Law. Of course, students majoring in other disciplines are welcome to take these courses as well.

Academic advisors work closely with pre-law students to ensure that electives within their chosen major and general education courses all strengthen the student’s preparation for the LSAT admission exam and ultimately law school. Students are encouraged to take courses in economics, accounting, ethics, critical writing, and speech. Students preparing for the LSAT Exam are also encouraged to take the one-credit LSAT Prep class, as well as the Princeton Review or Kaplan preparation program. The pre-law advisor is a member of the Midwest Pre-Law Association and works with students on school selection, recommendation letters and personal statements as part of law school selection, application, and admission.

Internships (Legal, Washington Legislative, Governmental)
Students have the opportunity to work in a number of regional law firms or intern for judges in a legal internship. Students can also elect to spend a semester in Washington DC interning for a congressman or senator. In addition, students have interned for the White House or for Washington lobbying firms. Locally, students can intern with a state representative or senator.

Mock Trial Competition
USF also has a Mock Trial Competition University of Chicago, to name a few. The team regularly receives an invitation to the national tournament and has won trophies for team excellence as well as individual student awards. USF sponsors its own invitational tournament in the fall. Students may take POLI 350 Legal Process-Mock Trial two times for college credit.