Law, Politics, and Society - Certificate

The Certificate in Law, Politics and Society is a means of enhancing undergraduate education through a focused combination of courses and individualized research instruction. Administered by the Department of Political Science, the program is open to all Texas A&M University undergraduates, regardless of major. The program offers an intellectually-rigorous, research-oriented foundation for post-graduate studies focusing on the politics of law, courts, and legal systems or for preparation for law school and the legal profession.

This certificate requires 18 hours of coursework, including a capstone course involving doctrinal, empirical or comparative research into important socio-legal questions. The 18 semester hours of coursework can be accommodated within the regular undergraduate curriculum. Students are encouraged to begin planning as freshmen to avoid the addition of extra hours to the degree plan. Certificate requirements are specified in a current brochure available in the Department of Political Science’s Undergraduate Programs Office, Allen Building, room 2024.

Successful completion of the program will be indicated on the student’s transcript. Each student will receive a program certificate upon graduation from Texas A&M.

POLS 481Research Seminar3
Doctrinal concentration6
Select two of the following:
Constitutional Rights and Liberties
United States Constitutional Development
Jurisprudence
Women and the Law
Contemporary Political Problems and Issues 1
Directed Studies 1
Special Topics in... 1
Independent Honors Studies 1
Empirical concentration6
Select two of the following:
Law and Legislation
Law, Politics and Policy
National Judicial Politics
Comparative Judicial Politics
Contemporary Political Problems and Issues 1
Directed Studies 1
Special Topics in... 1
Independent Honors Studies 1
Interdisciplinary concentration3
Select one of the following:
Criminology
Women and Gender in Modern European History
Total Semester Credit Hours18
1

Course qualifies when focused specifically on legal questions or topics of significant substance or importance. Consult an Undergraduate Advisor in the Political Science Department to determine if course would be accepted toward certificate.