Law Studies Option Requirements

Requirements for the Law Studies Option

Students may emphasize the study of law within the major by completing the requirements listed below. These are in addition to all of the requirements for the standard Political Science major. As noted in the chart, some courses will satisfy both a requirement for the Law Studies Option and for the Political Science major.

Students are advised to consult with their political science advisor to understand the requirements for the major AND with their Letters & Science advisor to understand UWM’s general education requirements, and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. Read more about the major requirements here, and the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

Requirements

OVERVIEW

In addition to the requirements for the standard Political Science major, students taking the Law Studies Option must complete the following. Where relevant, we have indicated which courses also count towards a requirement for the standard Political Science major.

LAW STUDIES OPTION (15 CREDITS MINIMUM)

Required Courses

  • Pol Sci 250 - Law and Society
  • Pol Sci 411 - Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Federalism
  • Pol Sci 412 - Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties

At least two of the following:

  • Pol Sci 316 - International Law (* also meets the major requirement for an upper-level international politics course)
  • Pol Sci 384 (560) - The Philosophy of Law (* also meets the major requirement for an upper-level political theory course)
  • Pol Sci 416 - Judicial Process
  • Pol Sci 417 - The Supreme Court (* also satisfies the research requirement for the major)
  • Pol Sci 419 - Constitutional Interpretation
  • Pol Sci 452 - Administrative Law
  • Pol Sci 464 - Sex, Gender, and the Law (* also satisfies the research requirement for the major)
  • Pol Sci 471 - Problems in Law Studies: (Subtitle)


GPA REQUIREMENTS

Majors must attain a 2.000 GPA in all political science courses, including any transfer work.