Course Plan - NIU - Political Science Degree Plan for Accelerated BA/BS and JD Program

Course Plan

Political Science Degree Plan for Accelerated BA/BS and JD Program

Fall Spring 
Year 1:      
ENGL 103 3 ENGL 104 3
For Lang/MATH1 3-4 For Lang/MATH1 3-4
Soc Science Gen Ed 3-4 Science Gen Ed3 3-4
Humanities Gen Ed 3 Humanities Gen Ed 3
POLS 100 or 1502 3 POLS 220/251/260/2854 3
  15-16   15-17
Year 2:      
COMS 100 3 Soc Science Gen Ed 3
For Lang/MATH1 3-4 For Lang/MATH1 3-4
Science Gen Ed 3-4 Interdisciplinary Gen Ed 3
Humanities Gen Ed 3 Gen Ed Elective 4
POLS 220/251/260/2854 3 POLS 200/300 Level2 3
  15-17   16-17
Year 3      
POLS 300/400+ 12 POLS 300/400+ 12
Elective (any level) 3 Elective (any level) 3-4
  15   15-16
Fall Spring 
Year 4      
Legal Writing & Advocacy (LAW 500) 2 Legal Writing & Advocacy (LAW 501) 2
Contracts I (LAW 502) 3 Contracts II (LAW 503) 3
Civil Procedure I (LAW 506) 3 Civil Procedure II (LAW 507) 3
Torts (LAW 508) 4 Property (LAW 505) 4
Criminal Law (LAW 510) 3 Constitutional Law I (LAW 550) 3
Basic Legal Research (LAW 511) 1 Basic Legal Research (LAW 512) 1
  16   16
Year 5      
Constitutional Law II (LAW 600) 3 Electives 12-16
Electives 9-13   12-16
  12-16    
Year 6      
Electives 12-16 Electives 12-16
12-16   12-16

Law Notes:

    1. Students may take fewer than 12 hours or more 16 (to a maximum of 18) with special permission.
    2. All students must take Professional Responsibility (LAW 735) and Introduction to Lawyering Skills (LAW 720) prior to graduation.

Political Science Notes:

    1. Foreign language is required for the B.A. degree. Previous foreign language background may reduce or fulfill this requirement; please consult the NIU catalog for more information. B.A. students must also fulfill the core competency requirement in mathematics. A combination of math, statistics, and computer science courses are required for the B.S. degree; please consult the NIU catalog.
    2. The choice of POLS 100 or 150 may affect the selection of upper-level courses. Consult catalog for course descriptions. The choice of POLS 200/300-level elective depends upon the emphasis chosen.
    3. Students who are pursuing a B.A. in the public administration and service emphasis should complete STAT 208 in the science area of distributive studies.
    4. Two of these courses are required.