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Law, Policy, and Political Science, Bachelor of Science

Purpose

The law, policy and political science degree is an open-access, career-oriented curriculum for those interested in a career as a paralegal or working in government and politics. Students will select one of three concentration choices, (1) legal studies, (2) government and public policy or (3) political science.

Classes are taught by highly qualified attorneys, government administrators, compliance specialists and those who have served or are serving as political representatives and who work locally to ensure that students are learning skills that are relevant and critical to their success.  Additionally, the degree is customizable, allowing students to stack credentials through the addition of minors (pre-law, political science, etc.) or certificates (compliance, etc.).

 

Experiential Learning Options

The Office of Experiential Learning takes a 360◦ approach to experiential learning. Whether you come to Wilmington University with a vast amount of professional experience and are awarded Credit for prior learning (CPL), or you participate in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity (Internships or Cooperative Education) embedded in your curriculum for credit, we provide a pathway to completing your degree.


Curriculum

General Education Requirements (27 Credits)

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ECO 101 Economics I

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

POL 300 American Politics

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

 

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

OR

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Writing Requirement (3 Credits)

ENG 310 Research Writing

OR

LES 226 Legal Writing

Students pursuing concentrations in GPP or Poli Sci should take ENG 310;

Legal Studies students should take LES 226.

Humanities Electives (6 Credits)

Choose 2 of the following courses:

BBM 319 Business Ethics

COM 245 Writing for the Media

DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing

TEC 215 Basic Photography

or any course that begins CUL, DRA, ETN, ART, SPA, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, or REL

Natural Science Elective (3-4 Credits)

SCI SCI Elective

Free Electives (18 Credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Interdisciplinary Core (21 Credits)

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ECO 102 Economics II

HIS 316 American History

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

PHI 310 The Art of Rational Thinking

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

ORG 304 Survey of Human Dynamics

 Law, Policy, and Political Science Concentrations

Legal Studies Concentration

Purpose

The Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Legal Studies is designed to prepare students to enter the legal field as a paralegal or legal assistant working under the supervision of an attorney in the public, private, or governmental sectors. Additionally, students will gain a solid foundation for graduate studies in law or careers in other areas, including corporate compliance, human resources, and banking.

Program of Study

This program is oriented around the critical job functions of competent and ethical professionals working in the legal services industry. That means each course within the program has been strategically selected and designed to deliver the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to enter the workforce upon graduation. To enhance this core curriculum and provide a well-rounded academic experience, students will also take a series of general education courses that emphasize analytical thinking, reading comprehension, and interpersonal communication.

Program Competencies

In addition to demonstrating college level proficiency in the Wilmington University undergraduate competencies, Legal Studies graduates will also be able to:

1. Locate, evaluate, use, and communicate legal and non-legal information effectively and appropriately.

2. Apply legal and ethical principles to guide professional behaviors and decision-making.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the use, management, assessment, and application of technology in the legal environment.

4. Exercise critical thinking strategies, including reasoning, problem solving, analysis, and evaluation in the legal context.

5. Demonstrate effective written communication of legal issues, concepts, and authority, utilizing the Bluebook Uniform System of Citation.

6. Exercise effective interpersonal skills, including building and enhancing interpersonal relationships, and interacting effectively with others.

“Legal Specialties”

Students must take a minimum of 18 credits of "legal specialty" courses to earn a degree in Legal Studies. The 18 credits may be satisfied with a combination of transfer courses and courses taken at Wilmington University. A legal specialty is defined by the American Bar Association (ABA) as a course that covers substantive law or legal procedures or processes, has been developed for paralegals, emphasizes practical paralegal skills, and meets the ABA's instructional requirements. The Legal Studies concentration offers legal specialties in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. Legal Specialty courses are designated with (LS) below; however, they can also be identified by course description and by the Basic Course Information provided on the website. 

Face-to-Face Requirement

Students must take a minimum of 9 credits of legal specialty courses through traditional, face-to-face or synchronous classroom instruction. This requirement may be satisfied through any combination of semester, block, or hybrid courses.

Transfer Policy

The Legal Studies concentration may accept in transfer equivalent, legal specialty courses that are taken at another institution. A maximum of 21 credits of legal specialty courses may be accepted from ABA-approved institutions, and a maximum of 9 credits of legal specialty courses may be accepted from institutions which are not ABA-approved.

Credit Through Alternate Sources

The award of credit for legal specialty courses through Portfolio Assessment or by Examination is coordinated by the Law, Policy, and Political Science program Chair to ensure that the quality and integrity of the program are maintained. Any award of credit requires the approval of the program Chair upon demonstration that the credits can be classified as legal specialty, meets the course objectives and practical skills to be developed for the course for which credit is being awarded, meets the needs of the legal community the program serves, and is comparable to course work offered within the program. A maximum of 15 credits may be earned through Portfolio Assessment, and a maximum of 15 credits may be earned through Examination. For more information, please consult the Student Handbook section entitled "Alternative Credit Methods" or speak to the program Chair or an academic advisor.

Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society

Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is a national honor society for paralegal students and one of the highest scholastic honors that can be achieved in the Wilmington University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Invitation to membership in Lambda Epsilon Chi is based on application, grade point average (GPA), and formal recommendation of the Legal Studies Advisory Board.  It is the College’s way of recognizing the outstanding scholastic achievements of students completing a Bachelor of Science or Post-Bachelor’s Paralegal Certificate.

Minimum Grade Policy

The Legal Studies concentration has set a minimum passing grade of “C” for LES 200, 220, 225, 226, 228, and 390 (designated with an asterisk). Students receiving a grade lower than “C” in any of these courses must retake that course.

 

PARALEGALS MAY NOT PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC, EXCEPT AS PERMITTED BY LAW.

 

Express or Guaranteed Admission Program with Widener University Delaware Law School

Students earning a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University who meet the following criteria are guaranteed admission to Widener University Delaware Law School’s juris doctor (J.D.) program:

Complete all the requirements for conferral of a Wilmington University baccalaureate degree

Earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher

Achieve an LSAT score that meets or exceeds the median LSAT score of the current Delaware Law first year entering class

Satisfy all law school admissions requirements relating to character and fitness

Submit a completed application to Delaware Law no later than April 1st of the calendar year in which the student plans to begin legal study

Legal Studies Core (24 credits)

LES 200 Legal Ethics

LES 220 Introduction to Legal Studies

LES 225 Legal Research

LES 228 Civil Procedure

LES 350 Interviewing & Investigating

LES 390 Advanced Legal Writing

LES 440 Advanced Litigation Skills

LES 491 Capstone: Virtual Experience in Legal Studies

Directed Core Electives (18 credits)

Choose 6 of the following courses:

LES 205 State and Local Government

LES 206 U.S. Regulatory Compliance

LES 207 Global Financial Compliance

LES 213 American Legal History

LES 216 Environmental Compliance

LES 217 Food and Drug Law and Policy

LES 302 Business Organizations

LES 304 Constitutional Law

LES 306 Family Law

LES 309 Bankruptcy

LES 311 Estates, Trusts, and Probates

LES 317 Contracts

LES 321 Real Estate, Transfer, and Ownership Law

LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services

LES 327 Intellectual Property

LES 328 Personal Injury and Malpractice

LES 330 Cyberlaw

LES 331 Electronic Discovery

LES 340 Topics in Legal Studies

LES 405 Delaware Practice

LES 430 Evidence

LES 490 Internship in Legal Studies

or with Chair's Approval

CRJ 316 Criminal Law

CRJ 411 Criminal Evidence and Procedures

HRM 400 Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management

HSC 325 Healthcare Compliance

Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

First Semester

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ENG 121 English Composition I

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

 

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

OR

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Second Semester

ECO 101 Economics I

ENG 122 English Composition II

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

HUM Elective

Natural Science Elective

Sophomore

First Semester

LES 200 Legal Ethics

LES 220 Introduction to Legal Studies

LES 225 Legal Research

ENG 131 Public Speaking

HUM Elective

Second Semester

HIS 316 American History

LES 226 Legal Writing

LES 228 Civil Procedure

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

PSY 304 Survey of Human Dynamics

Junior

First Semester

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ECO 102 Economics II

PHI 310 The Art of Rational Thinking

LES 350 Interviewing & Investigating

Legal Elective

Second Semester

Free Elective

Legal Elective

LES 440 Advanced Litigation Skills

POL 300 American Politics

SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities

Senior

First Semester

Free Elective

Free Elective

Legal Elective

Legal Elective

LES 390 Advanced Legal Writing

Second Semester

Free Elective

Free Elective

Legal Elective

Legal Elective

LES 491 Capstone: Virtual Experience in Legal Studies

OR

Government and Public Policy Concentration

Program Philosophy

Public policy professionals play a key role in developing and implementing policies in areas such as the environment, energy, healthcare, poverty, transportation, education, justice system, and economic development. They educate the public and policymakers, draft laws, implement specific programs, and monitor the outcomes. Typically, public policy professionals pursue careers in government, government-related businesses, regulated industries, interest groups, and nonprofit organizations as well as graduate studies in law, public administration, public policy, political science, and healthcare administration.

Program Competencies

In addition to demonstrating college level proficiency in the Wilmington University undergraduate competencies outlined in this catalog, Government and Public Policy graduates will also be able to:

1. Construct persuasive oral presentations to communicate effectively with various constituencies.

2. Create persuasive position papers, press releases, and original legislation.

3. Differentiate economic, legal, political, and governmental institutions, systems, and processes.

4. Draft an original law based on analysis of problems or issues.

5. Access, use, and evaluate information effectively and appropriately, and use technology to effectively locate and communicate information.

6. Integrate an understanding of economic, legal, political, and governmental institutions, systems, and processes.

Minimum Grade Policy

The Government and Public Policy concentration requires a minimum grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required program core course must retake that course.

Government and Public Policy Core (24 credits)

FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

POL 350 Economic, Welfare and Income Policy

POL 360 Education Policy

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 380 Health Care Policy

POL 402 Analysis of Public Policy

POL 403 Writing for Public Policy

Directed Core Electives (18 credits)

Choose 6 of the following courses:

CRJ 304 Constitutional Law

CRJ 330 Financial Fraud Examination

LES 205 State and Local Government

LES 206 U.S. Regulatory Compliance

LES 207 Global Financial Compliance

LES 213 American Legal History

LES 216 Environmental Compliance

LES 217 Food and Drug Law and Policy

LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services

LES 330 Cyberlaw

LES 331 Electronic Discovery

POL 321 International Organization and Politics

POL 325 Healthcare Compliance

POL 345 Fundamentals of Compliance Management

POL 355 Corporate Governance and Regulation

POL 385 Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

POL 490 Public Policy Internship

OR

Political Science Concentration

Program Philosophy

Students concentrating in political science can qualify for multiple careers in private, non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as the private sector. Graduates can pursue careers in a variety of disciplines such as law, consulting, research, business and financial services, government jobs at local, state and federal levels, elected office, campaign management, journalism, media and communications, advocacy, non-profit jobs and teaching.

Program Competencies

In addition to demonstrating college level proficiency in the Wilmington University undergraduate competencies outlined in this catalog, political science graduates will also be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of government in relation to its citizens.
  2. Apply basic political ideologies to assess their impact on individual societies.
  3. Differentiate the impact of ideological, social, and political systems on individual nation’s political decisions.
  4. Integrate the ability to identify a problem in state or local government, research, evaluate solutions, and present a recommendation.
  5. Demonstrate effective mastery of political theory through proficient written and oral expression of ideas through tests, projects, papers, and/or presentations.

Minimum Grade Policy

The political science concentration requires a minimum grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required program core course must retake that course.

Political Science Core (24 credits)

BBM 103 Introduction to Public Administration

LES 205 State and Local Government

LES 213 American Legal History

POL 304 Constitutional Law and Procedures

POL 315 Comparative Government and Politics

POL 321 International Organization and Politics

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

Directed Core Electives (18 credits)

Choose 6 of the following courses:

CRJ 330 Financial Fraud Examination

LES 206 U.S. Regulatory Compliance

LES 207 Global Financial Compliance

LES 216 Environmental Compliance

LES 217 Food and Drug Law and Policy

LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services

LES 330 Cyberlaw

LES 331 Electronic Discovery

POL 325 Healthcare Compliance

POL 335 Global Financial Compliance

POL 340 Criminal Justice Policy

POL 345 Fundamentals of Compliance Management

POL 350 Economic, Welfare and Income Policy

POL 355 Corporate Governance and Regulation

POL 360 Education Policy

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 380 Health Care Policy

POL 385 Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

POL 490 Public Policy Internship


Law Policy and Political Science Completion Degrees

What is a Completion Degree?

A Completion Degree is a personalized version of a Bachelor’s degree created exclusively for students who have completed an Associate’s degree at an accredited institution. A student who expects to transfer a completed Associate’s degree should communicate with a Wilmington University Academic Advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.

Legal Studies Completion Degree

Curriculum

As a transfer student who holds an associate's degree from a partner institution, the following courses are required.

A minimum of seven (7) approved legal studies electives must be completed at Wilmington University.

 

Legal Studies Core

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

LES 350 Interviewing & Investigating

LES 390 Advanced Legal Writing

LES 440 Advanced Litigation Skills

LES 491 Capstone: Virtual Experience in Legal Studies

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

ORG 304 Survey of Human Dynamics

PHI 310 The Art of Rational Thinking

Approved Legal Studies Elective

Approved Legal Studies Elective

Approved Legal Studies Elective

Approved Legal Studies Elective

Approved Legal Studies Elective

Approved Legal Studies Elective

Approved Legal Studies Elective

The following courses are prerequisites for a concentration in Legal Studies

CTA 206

Computer Applications

ENG 121

English Composition I

ENG 122

English Composition II

ENG 131

Public Speaking

MAT 205

Introductory Survey of Mathematics

LES 200

Legal Ethics

LES 220

Introduction to Legal Studies

LES 225

Legal Research

LES 226

Legal Writing

LES 228

Civil Procedure

Government and Public Policy Completion Degree

Curriculum

As a transfer student who holds an associate's degree from a partner institution, the following Government and Public Policy courses are required.

 

Government and Public Policy Core (24 credits)

FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

POL 350 Economic, Welfare and Income Policy

POL 360 Education Policy

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 380 Health Care Policy

POL 402 Analysis of Public Policy

POL 403 Writing for Public Policy

Government and Public Policy Core Electives (21 credits)

Choose 7 of the following courses:

CRJ 304 Constitutional Law

CRJ 330 Financial Fraud Examination

LES 205 State and Local Government

LES 206 U.S. Regulatory Compliance

LES 207 Global Financial Compliance

LES 213 American Legal History

LES 216 Environmental Compliance

LES 217 Food and Drug Law and Policy

LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services

LES 330 Cyberlaw

LES 331 Electronic Discovery

POL 321 International Organization and Politics

POL 325 Healthcare Compliance

POL 345 Fundamentals of Compliance Management

POL 355 Corporate Governance and Regulation

POL 385 Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

POL 490 Public Policy Internship

The following courses are prerequisites for a completion degree in Government and Public Policy

BBM 201

CTA 326

ENG 122

ENG 131

LES 205

POL 300

MAT 205

SOC 101 OR

PSY 101

BBM 103

Principles of Management

Integ. Excel into Bus. Problem Solv.

English Composition II

Public Speaking

State and Local Government

American Politics

Intro Survey of Mathematics

Intro to Sociology OR

Intro to Psychology

Intro to Public Administration

 

POL to MSM with a concentration in Public Administration Accelerated Option

This accelerated option will allow eligible POL students who have selected a concentration in Government and Public Policy to have the option of taking up to two selected graduate level courses in place of selected POL courses and the opportunity to be formally accepted into the MSM program with a concentration in Public Administration prior to completion of the B.S. in Law, Policy and Political Science degree.

In order to be eligible, students must have completed 90 undergraduate credits, completed all required 100 and 200 level POL courses, and successful completion of POL 300 and ENG 310 (or LES 226). Furthermore those students seeking approval for the POL/MSM (with concentration in Public Administration) accelerated option must have obtained an overall GPA of 3.50 or better. Courses taken at the graduate level will fulfill the requirements for both programs.

Students interested in making application may secure the necessary forms and begin the approval process with the Chair of the undergraduate Law, Policy and Political Science program.


Political Science Completion Degree

Curriculum

As a transfer student who holds an associate's degree from a partner institution, the following political science courses are required.

Political Science Core (24 credits)

BBM 103 Introduction to Public Administration

LES 205 State and Local Government

LES 213 American Legal History

POL 304 Constitutional Law and Procedures

POL 315 Comparative Government and Politics

POL 321 International Organization and Politics

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

Political Science Core Electives (21)

Choose 7 of the following courses:

CRJ 330 Financial Fraud Examination

LES 206 U.S. Regulatory Compliance

LES 207 Global Financial Compliance

LES 216 Environmental Compliance

LES 217 Food and Drug Law and Policy

LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services

LES 330 Cyberlaw

LES 331 Electronic Discovery

POL 325 Healthcare Compliance

POL 335 Global Financial Compliance

POL 340 Criminal Justice Policy

POL 345 Fundamentals of Compliance Management

POL 350 Economic, Welfare and Income Policy

POL 355 Corporate Governance and Regulation

POL 360 Education Policy

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 380 Health Care Policy

POL 385 Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

POL 490 Public Policy Internship

The following courses are prerequisites for a completion degree in Political Science

 

PHI 310

CTA 326

ENG 122

HIS 381

POL 300

MAT 205

SOC 101

PSY 101

PHI 302

The Art of Rational Thinking

Integ. Excel into Bus. Problem Solv.

English Composition II

Contemporary Global Issues

American Politics

Intro Survey of Mathematics

Intro to Sociology

Intro to Psychology

Ethics and Values in Behavioral Sciences



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.