Courses in the Law major concentration prepare you law school and related legal careers, as well as graduate study in Political Science with a focus on public law.
Requirements for the Political Science Major
39 total credits are required to fulfill this major's requirements, as defined below:
- 12 credits of Political Science Core courses
- 12 credits within the chosen concentration
- 15 credits of additional Political Science electives
Students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Options for Law and International Studies concentrations should expect to complete 18 credits within their concentration, and 9 credits of elective coursework.
Students transferring in coursework from other schools must complete a minimum of 18 credits in Political Science at Westfield State University.
The Department of Political Science encourages students to participate in internships. Students may apply up to 6 Internship credits toward the 39 credit major.
- 3 of these Internship credits may be applied to the concentration.
- Up to 3 of these Internship credits may be applied toward the 18-credit minor.
For details about Political Science Internship credits, please click here to view the department's Internship manual, or contact the department.
Required Major Core Courses (12 credits)
Required Electives (9-15 credits)
Students must complete 15 credits of additional Political Science coursework.
Students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Options for Law or International Studies concentrations should expect to complete 9 credits in this area.
Law Concentration (12 credits)
This concentration is ideal for students interested in preparing for law school and related legal careers, as well as graduate study in Political Science with a focus in public law.
Choose four courses (or a total of 12 credits) from below:
- POLS 0105 - Law, Courts and Politics
- POLS 0208 - Constitutional Law
- POLS 0212 - The U.S. Supreme Court
- POLS 0220 - International Law and Human Rights
- POLS 0309 - Civil Liberties
- POLS 0327 - Administrative Law
- POLS 0323 - Selected Topics in Political Science
- POLS 0397 - Political Science Internship
- POLS 0398 - Washington Internship
- POLS 0399 - Independent Study
- Additional courses may count with department chair approval
Additional Graduation Requirements
All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.
- Students will demonstrate critical political thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills.
- Students will identify and articulate an ideological stance.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative political research of others, and conduct their own political research.