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  • B.S. in Legal Studies: Political Science

    Develop analytical, writing, public speaking and advocacy skills
    "The professors and the well-planned program motivated me, lit the passion of learning inside of me" - Bora Seo, '04
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry

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Legal Studies: Political Science B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Legal Studies 36 Credits
Open Electives 24 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Legal Studies with a specialization in Political Science must complete:

  • LAWS 130 Intro Legal Studies
  • LAWS 255 Managing Human Conflict I
  • LAWS/ POLS 361 Constitutional Law & Policy
  • PARA 260 Legal Research/Writing I or LAWS 220 The Art of Legal Reasoning
  • POLS/ LAWS 364 Comm/State/Regional Politics


four courses in Political Science numbered 282 or above.

and three courses from the following

  • Any Legal Studies courses numbered 203 or above
  • ENGL 402 Applied English Grammar
  • ENGL 404 The Structure/Form of English

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration in Paralegal Studies with a Specialization in Political Science.

Academic Program Sequence Map
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Will you accept transfer credits toward the major?
Yes, we will review courses from accredited institutions and accept up to 18 credits in transfer toward the major.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and workplace experience.
Why should I major in Legal Studies with a Specialization in Political Science?
The Legal Studies major with a Specialization in Political Science is for students interested in government or attending law school. The program is designed to help students develop the oral communication, writing and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in government and in the legal community.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Do you have an internship program?
Yes, students are afforded the opportunity to intern.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Do you offer the program online?
While some courses are offered online, the entire program is not available online.
Am I eligible for induction into an honor society?
Yes. With 75 degree credits and 15 major credits (and overall GPA at least 3.3, major GPA 3.4), you are eligible for induction into Pi Gamma Mu, the National Honor Society for the Social Sciences.
Donna Bookin Assistant Professor, Legal and Justice Studies

Legal Studies: Political Science Overview

Are you interested in politics, the law, business, or government? Then Mercy College’s four-year Legal Studies with a Specialization in Political Science Program is for you. Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, the program is for students interested in law school, or a career in politics and public administration, or in pursuing a graduate degree. 

You’ll develop analytical, writing and oral advocacy skills and will be introduced to the skills necessary to resolve conflict such as: mediation, negotiation and arbitration.

Legal Studies: Political Science FAQS

Do you have an internship program?
Yes, students are afforded the opportunity to intern.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Legal Studies: Political Science Fast Facts

  • Internships are available

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include: law, business, government services, international affairs/organizations, interest representation (lobbying), campaign management, non-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), military, conflict management, organizational management, and teaching.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Identify and explain both federal and state governments and their respective court systems
  • Conduct research which effectively integrates primary source material
  • Critically analyze and interpret the law; evaluate the legal arguments
  • Apply ethical concepts to legal and political situations
  • Demonstrate analytical writing, oral communication and advocacy skills