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CATALOG • 2009-2010


Political Science – Major/Minor

For information, contact Dr. Kim Spiezio.

LAW FOR WOMEN, JUSTICE FOR ALL

The Political Science program is designed to prepare women for successful careers in law and public affairs. Substantively, the program will immerse you in the key political, economic, legal, and global issues facing contemporary American society—while also helping you to develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills which increasingly are in demand in an era of globalization. In short, a major or minor in Political Science will help to prepare you for a wide variety of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors of the new global economy.
The Political Science program is dedicated to exploring the relationship between law and justice in the 21st century. Both the major and the minor adhere to the American Bar Association’s recommendations on undergraduate education by offering students a multidisciplinary program of study that will expose you to a diverse array of academic perspectives, including sociology, economics, history, philosophy, politics, criminal justice, forensics and international affairs. Students who are planning to go to law school also are strongly encouraged to participate in the college’s Pre-law Advising program which provides individualized assistance in regard to all phases of the law school admissions process.
Given our emphasis on law and justice, you will be strongly encouraged to supplement your coursework with community-based field experiences and internships – either locally through government and nonprofit agencies in the Lehigh Valley or in conjunction with the Washington Semester program sponsored by the American University in Washington D.C. Students also are eligible to participate in the Public Leadership Education Network – an association of professional women dedicated to promoting career and internship opportunities for women in the fields of law and public policy.
The Political Science program also offers students an opportunity to participate in a number of other extracurricular activities including mock trials, state and local election campaigns, pre-law forums, workshops dedicated to the law school admissions process, and a variety of student clubs and organizations.
Further information about the program may be obtained from Dr. Kim Spiezio who serves as the Chair of the Department of History, Law and Politics as well as Director of the College’s Pre-Law Program. Please feel free to contact us at kspiezio@cedarcrest.edu or 610-606-4666, ext. 3414.

The Political Science Major (39 credits):

Foundational Courses – Complete all of the following (15 credits)
PHI 200 Ethics
PSC 202 Law and Justice
PSC 207 Law and Women’s Rights
PSC 218 Criminal Procedure & Constitutional Rights
PSC 250 Modern Political Thought

Diversity & Justice  – Select 2 from the following (6 credits)
HIS 232 The African-American Freedom Struggle
PSY 224 Women in the Workplace
REL 227 Islam in America
SWK 300 Community Organizing

Global Perspectives on Justice – Select 2 from the following (6 credits)
ANT 310 Women in the Developing World
ECO 222 Economic Geography
PSC 211 Globalization and International Law
SOC 222 Social Justice: A Global Perspective
Law & Order – Select 2 from the following (6 credits)
CRJ 206 Class, Race, Gender and Crime
CRJ 316 Crime and Public Policy
PSC 300 Topics in Law and Public Policy
PSY 309 Forensic Psychology

Law & Society – Select 2 from the following (6 credits)
CST 234 Media, Law and Ethics
ECO 201 Government, Business & Society
PHI 320 Biomedical Ethics
PSC 210 American Public Policy

Notes:
Students can fulfill the college’s Technology and Information Literacy requirements by successfully completing the major’s foundational courses.

To satisfy the college’s Mathematics and Logic Requirement, students are strongly recommended to take MAT 110 Probability & Statistics and PHI 131 Introduction to Logic.

To satisfy the college’s Oral Presentation requirements, students are strongly recommended to take
Either CST 270 Debate and Argumentation or THS 105 Public Speaking.

To apply transfer credits toward the completion of major requirements, students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each course to be transferred. Courses completed more than ten years ago will not be accepted for purposes of completing the requirements of the major.

The Political Science Minor (18 credits):

Foundational Courses – Complete both (6 credits)
PHI 200 Ethics
PSC 202 Law and Justice

Diversity & Justice – Select 1 from the following (3 credits)
HIS 232 The African-American Freedom Struggle
PSY 224 Women in the Workplace
REL 227 Islam in America
SWK 300 Community Organizing
 
Globalization & Justice – Select 1 from the following (3 credits)
ANT 310 Women in the Developing World
ECO 222 Economic Geography
PSC 211 Globalization and International Law
SOC 222 Social Justice: A Global Perspective

Law & Order – Select 1 from the following (3 credits)
CRJ 206 Class, Race, Gender and Crime
CRJ 316 Crime and Public Policy
PSC 300 Topics in Law and Public Policy
PSY 309 Forensic Psychology
 
Law & Society – Select 1 from the following (3 credits)
CST 234 Media, Law and Ethics
ECO 201 Government, Business & Society
PHI 320 Biomedical Ethics
PSC 210 American Public Policy

To apply transfer credits toward the completion of minor requirements, students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each course to be transferred. Courses completed more than ten years ago will not be accepted for purposes of completing the requirements of the minor.