GLNS Program Requirements

To successfully earn a BA in Government, Law and National Security, in addition to the core curriculum requirements, students will need to complete both requirements in the major and additional electives.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

The following are program goals for the Government, Law, and National Security major:

  1. To provide students with an interdisciplinary background in history, political science, and related disciplines.
  2. To cultivate the ability to think, write, and speak clearly with thoroughness and independence.
  3. To foster an understanding of the complexity of human motivation and action across a diverse set of individuals, groups, communities, and organizations, by providing a critical approach to evaluating past and present events and issues of historical, legal, and/or political significance.
  4. To promote an understanding of human values and moral considerations, and of how to incorporate an ethical awareness into problem-solving strategies that reflects the values of mercy, justice, service, and hospitality.
  5. To afford students the opportunity to develop and increase their capacity for qualitative and quantitative analysis and evaluation of local, national and international issues and the strategic implementation of concepts and policy options for conflict and problem resolution.
  6. To familiarize students with the political, economic, legal, and national security institutions and processes in the United States and the international community, and their histories.

The Government, Law, and National Security major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will evaluate American and international economic, legal, and/or political systems, institutions, issues, and activities.
  2. Students will be able to critically assess the concepts, history, institutions, laws, and methods of national security, broadly understood.
  3. Students will be able to critically evaluate both historical and current events to identify intentions and motivations of action.
  4. Students will identify and explain the ethical, legal, and/or moral dimension of political, economic, and social issues.
  5. Students will be able to develop explanations, theories of causation, and strategies for conflict and program resolution.
  6. Students will be able to communicate clearly and persuasively both verbally and in writing.

Major Electives

Major Electives (15 credits) Students must complete 5 courses in this category.

Course NameCredits

GEO 202

Cultural World Geography


HIS 204

Survey of Latin America: Modern


HIS 211

History of Britain


HIS 213

Modern French History


HIS 353

American Capitalism and the Global Economy


HIS 354

Culture and National Security


HIS 320

Selected Studies in History (with permission of GLNS director)

up to 6

HIS 330

Immigration and American Ethnic History


HIS 350

Post-1945 United States History


PHL 223 / PHL 270

Social Ethics / Social and Political Philosophy


POL 211

The Trial in American Life3
POL 332

U.S. Homeland Security Issues: Threats, Challenges, and Solutions


POL 333

U.S. National Security Issues: Threats, Challenges, and Solutions (replaces POL 323,U.S. National Security III: Threats, Challenges & Solutions)3

POL 308

The Presidency3

POL 325

War in World Politics3
POL 330Urban Policy: Disadvantaged Youth3
POL 340Russia and the Near Abroad3
POL 411Constitutional Encounters3
POL 407Public Management and Leadership3
POL 413Political Science Cooperative Education3-12
POL 450/POL 451Internship3 credit each
POL 480Independent Study3-6
POL 485Special Topics in Political Scienceup to 6
xxxForeign Language (transferred from another institution)up to 6
xxxCriminal Justice (transferred from another institution)up to 6

Major Requirements

Major requirements (36 credits) students must complete all courses in this category.

Course NameCredits

HIS 102 or 104

Western Civilization II or U.S. History Survey II


MTH 115

Basic Statistics3

POL 100

American National Government


POL 103

Global Politics


POL 208

Comparative Politics
(formerly POL 308, Comparative Government)


POL 230

Introduction to Public Policy and Public Administration


POL 210

Introduction to the American Legal System
(formerly POL 231-Law Seminar I: Introduction to the American Legal System)


HIS 221

World Wars, Cold War, and Beyond
(replaces POL 321, U.S. National Security I: History & Concepts)


POL 222

The U.S. National Security System
(replaces POL 322, U.S. National Security II: Institutions & Methods)

POL 223

The U.S. Homeland Security System


POL 410

American Constitutional Law
(replaces POL 405, American Constitutional Law I)


Required Core that Counts toward Major

MTH 115 and one course each from History Group A and Group B, in addition to other core courses in non-related fields

HIS 102 or 104

Western Civ II or U.S. History Survey II 3
MTH 115Basic Statistics3
POL 100American National Government3
POL 103Global Politics3

The minimum criteria for admission into the Government, Law and National Security program as a freshman student are:
  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18
Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

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