Law and Legal Studies Specialization - B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration

Law and Legal Studies

Your interest in the U.S. legal system could open new doors to a rewarding career. In this concentration, you will have the opportunity to delve deep into the structure and processes of the law and how it relates to your personal and professional worlds. You can gain a solid foundation that can prepare you for law school or other exciting areas in the legal field within:

  • Law firms
  • State and federal courts
  • Corporate compliance offices

To help gain a greater understanding of justice in action, you will:

  • Focus on the concepts and processes related to criminal law, including criminal procedures, prosecution, defense, and court procedures and decision making.
  • Examine major criminal law violations and the differences between de-criminalization and legalization.
  • Explore debates surrounding key social issues, including immigration, abortion, intellectual property, and the separation of church and state.
  • Learn how civil law is relevant to human resource managers, healthcare professionals, and public administrators.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Elective courses (70 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete five concentration courses, four of which are prescribed. Students choose a fifth concentration course from any of the remaining B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration concentration courses.

Elective Courses

Choose 14 courses from general education, B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 70 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

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