B.A. Political Science

Students in the program enter law school after completing their third year of undergraduate study. Students' first year of law school will complete the final 30 hours of the undergraduate program. Listed are the requirements for the Nelson Wolff Early Law Admission with a B.A. in Political Science.

St. Mary’s University Core 1
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection:Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice:Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community & Civilization3
School of Humanities and Social Sciences School Specific Core
Speech3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Select one of the following:
Rhetoric & Composition 23
Rhetoric and Composition
Mathematics3
Select one of the following:
Mathematical Logic for the Humanities
Mathematical Topics in the Social Sciences
College Algebra (Recommended)
Finite Mathematics
Calculus for Business
Precalculus
Calculus I
Foreign Languages6
Select one of the following:
6 hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year
6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit
History3
Any HS courses
Fundamentals of Business Enterprise
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Adjudication of Social Issues
Introductory Macroeconomic Theory
Introductory Microeconomic Theory
Organizational Behavior
General Psychology
Human Factors
Introductory Sociology
Social Issues
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Perspectives and Themes in Social Science
Science3
Select one of the following:
General Biology for Non-Majors
General Biology for Non-Majors
Food & Nutrition I
Food & Nutrition II
Preparatory Chemistry
Chem Concepts & Applications
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
General Geology
Geology of Earth Resources
Geology of Energy Resources
Intro. Environmental Science
Physics Concepts & Application
Modern Astronomy
General Physics I
General Physics II
Theology3
Select one of the following:
Advanced Theology TH 33XX/43XX
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Fine Arts3
Select one course from AR, DM, MU
Literature3
Select any EN 23XX literature course
Political Science Major Courses
PO 1311American National Government3
PO 1312Texas State & Local Government 33
PO 2310Political Research Methodology3
PO 2311Applied Research Methods3
PO 5301Senior Seminar in Political Science3
Select one of the following in American Politics & Political Behavior: 3
Topics in American, State or Local Politics
The Nat'l Executive
The Legislative Process
Amer Political Parties&Interes
PO 3304
Topics in Political Behavior
PO 3311
US Latino Politics
Ethnicity, Race, and Class
Religion and Politics
Pol Comm, Media & Elections
Gender Politics
American Thought and Culture
Select one of the following in Public Administration and Public Law:3
Topics in Public Policy
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Urban Politics
The Post Modern City
Intro to Organizational Leader
Topics in Law
Judicial Politics & Law
Business, Government & Public
Institutional Powers, Fundamental Rights & Law
Civil Rights, Civil Liberties & Law
Select one of the following in Political Theory: 3
Topics in Political Thought
Classical Political Thought
Early Modern Political Thought
20th Century Political Thought
American Political Thought
Select one of the following in Comparative/International Politics: 3
Topics in Intl/Comp Politics
International Relations Theory
European Politics
Latin American Politics
Middle Eastern Politics
Nations in Transition
Asian Politics
African Politics
International Political Economy
World Security Problems
US Foreign Policy
Select two Political Science Electives from the following: 6
Topics in American, State or Local Politics
The Nat'l Executive
The Legislative Process
Amer Political Parties&Interes
PO 3304
Topics in Political Behavior
PO 3311
US Latino Politics
Ethnicity, Race, and Class
Religion and Politics
Pol Comm, Media & Elections
Gender Politics
American Thought and Culture
Topics in Public Policy
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Urban Politics
The Post Modern City
Intro to Organizational Leader
Topics in Law
Judicial Politics & Law
Topics in Political Thought
Classical Political Thought
Early Modern Political Thought
20th Century Political Thought
American Political Thought
Topics in Intl/Comp Politics
International Relations Theory
European Politics
Latin American Politics
Middle Eastern Politics
Nations in Transition
Asian Politics
African Politics
Business, Government & Public
Institutional Powers, Fundamental Rights & Law
Civil Rights, Civil Liberties & Law
International Political Economy
World Security Problems
US Foreign Policy
Law Courses
LW 6201Legal Research & Writing I2
LW 6280Property II2
LW 6275Torts II2
LW 6311Property I3
LW 6341Criminal Law3
LW 6375Torts I3
LW 6440Constitutional Law4
LW 6477Federal Civil Procedure I4
LW 6601Legal Research & Writing II2
LW 6641Contracts II2
LW 6741Contracts I3
Proficiency in Information Technology and Information Literacy
For this major, this requirement will be fulfilled by successfully completing PO 2310 and PO 2311.
Total Semester Hours123
1

All St. Mary’s Core SM13XX"Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC 23XX "Practice" courses.

2

Grade of “C” or better is required.  International students may be required to take EN 1313 to fulfill this requirement.

3

PO 1314 may be substituted by permission of department chairperson.

This is a recommended degree plan subject to changes. Please meet with your adviser on a regular basis.

First Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 13XX3SMC 13XX3
SMC 13XX3Foreign Language3
EN 13113Mathematics3
Foreign Language3Speech3
PO 13113PO 13123
ND 01010 
 15 15
Second Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 13XX3SMC 23XX3
SMC 13XX3SMC 23XX3
Science3History/Social Scince3
Advanced Theology3PO 23113
PO 23103Politicial Theory3
Comparative/International Politics3 
 18 15
Third Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 23XX3SMC 43013
SMC 23XX3Literature3
PO 53013Fine Arts3
Public Administration and Public Law3American Politics and Political Behavior3
Political Science Elective3Political Science Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
LW 63113LW 62802
LW 64774LW 66412
LW 67413LW 62752
LW 63753LW 64404
LW 62012LW 63413
 LW 66012
 15 15
Total Semester Hours 123