Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies

Politics, Policy and Law

The fascinating and expansive arena of law represents diversity among academic backgrounds. From the paralegal professions to the demanding rigor of law school, the legal domain shares a common set of interdisciplinary themes that are essential for success in these disciplines.

Rooted in the study of politics, policy and law, GCU's government degree in legal studies blends an interdisciplinary curriculum with communication, philosophy and business. It serves as a pre-law degree that offers a foundation in ethical leadership and the knowledge to excel in law school.

Legal Studies Education

With a focus on law school concepts and the legal database research and writing skills that exceed the scope of a two-year paralegal program, the legal studies degree offers the analytical techniques to resolve legal concerns.

It introduces the topics of legal philosophy and the foundations of the law. With an overview of morality in relation to law and ethics, the program examines contemporary topics, such as capital punishment and the legalization of drugs.

It provides the analytical tools within the fields of both criminal and civil law using a contemporary and practical approach. Through an overview of legal practice, civil and criminal law, the legal studies degree has the exposure of a law school curriculum.

Government Core

At the heart of the traditional, evening or online BA in government is a classical liberal arts education that inspires critical reasoning, effective communication and a strong foundation in research and writing. The program offers an introduction into American politics and government. It provides a deep understanding of the constitutional foundations and the governing institutions in the federal government.

With the classics as well as the more contemporary expressions of political thought, the core of the government degree surveys the development of the American Constitution from its colonial origins to the present day. In the broader framework of political philosophy, the program examines constitutional law and the impact Supreme Court decisions have had on society.

Law School Entrance**

The competitive landscape for a quality law school education is driven by an exchange of ideas and varying perspectives. At the core of an effective pre-law program are three core areas of focus:

  • Sound reasoning and legal analysis
  • Practical legal research and writing
  • Soft skills of communication to gather and relay information

Students are admitted to law school from a wide variety of backgrounds. An exposure to the coursework in law school provides a significant edge, alongside the core skills that a law school education demands.

**Program completion does not guarantee acceptance into law school.

Program SOC

Political Scientists
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  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
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  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
  8. Not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities.
  9. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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