Politics & Law, B.A.


Contribute to the development of an informed and thoughtful citizenry.

If you are seeking to develop and critically examine your understanding of issues related to the study of American and world politics, our politics and law degree is the right fit for you.

Within this program you will gain a better understanding of the concept of government including the origin, emergence, integration, transformation, and decline of political communities as well as their institutions and the rules and practices by which they resolve conflicts and make decisions.

You will take away a better understanding of logical reasoning and analysis, oral and written communications, argumentation, and rhetoric.

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Program Overview


As a politics and law student, you will examine the public policies of communities and the manner in which these policies are made - helping you to gain extensive knowledge of how the government operates and how laws affect changes within social and political sectors.

Our curriculum focuses on multiple aspects of political science, with courses including, but not limited to:

  • Business Law
  • Government and Business
  • Political Analysis
  • Constitutional Law
  • Development of the Legal System
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Students in our program are exposed to a wide range of content knowledge and ideas from various types of academic disciplines, which in turn helps you to develop the essential skills necessary for carrying out your roles as a thoughtful and knowledgeable citizen.

Alex Ballard

The opportunities I have gotten as a result of a scholarship at LR have provided me with the passion to strive for excellence in the classroom and the swimming pool.

Alex Ballard '21, Politics & Law

Learning Inside & Outside the Classroom


Lenoir-Rhyne’s politics and law majors have a number of opportunities to gain valuable work and life experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. 

  • Internships & Careers

    Politics & law majors may participate in the Lutheran College Washington Semester. Under this program, you participate in a work/study program in Washington, D.C. and complete two seminar courses and an internship. The program emphasizes the ethical dimension of important questions of public affairs.

    Majors also have opportunities for a wide array of local and regional internships as part of your studies in government, non-profit and legal settings.

    With a bachelor's degree in politics and law from LR, you can find a number of fulfilling careers such as electoral campaigns and elections, politics, administration, legal settings, journalism, business or finance and non-profit work.

    The Career and Professional Development Center can help you discover your true personality, explore academic majors and career options, assess your strengths and weaknesses, find internships and part-time work and prepare for life after graduation.

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  • Student Activities & Organizations

    The major supports the university’s Model United Nations (Model UN) program, an experiential learning course in which you participate in a mock United Nations conference. Each year, students research international issues and submit resolutions at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York attended by students from around the world.

    Students may also participate in the North Carolina Student Legislature each year, in which you participate in a mock North Carolina General Assembly. You research public policy issues and submit legislation at statewide meetings attended by student delegations from across the state.

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Major Requirements

Courses in Political Science are designed to enlighten students about the concept of government including the origin, emergence, integration, transformation, and decline of political communities as well as their institutions and the rules and practices by which they resolve conflicts and make decisions. It involves an examination of the public policies of communities and the manner in which these policies are made. The Political Science major earns a B.A. degree.

In addition, Political Science in conjunction with other academic programs, offers majors in Politics and International Relations and in Politics and Law. Both majors earn B.A. degrees.

Honors

Students majoring in Political Science and judged qualified by the Political Science faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in Political Science. To graduate ''With Honors in Political Science,'' a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.25, and complete  and . In addition, they must also write and orally defend an honors thesis and be nominated for honors by the department

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