Department of History and Political Science
Dr. A. Paul Kubricht, Chair
Associate Professor: Johnson
History and Political Science
The Bachelor of Arts degree in History-Political Science at LeTourneau University offers a number of different options. Students can build their major around either a history focus or a political science focus, while taking courses in both fields. Your focus will depend on your interests and your career goals.
Students who major in these areas should enjoy reading and learning about the past and be interested in the development and conduct of political systems. You should be interested in people and different cultures. Learning a foreign language is also important.
Students will be given personal attention and will be treated as individuals. Your classes will be small, and instructors try to use a variety of teaching methods to stimulate thinking and discussion. As a major you will be encouraged to spend a semester in Washington D.C. or one of the foreign study programs in which LeTourneau participates.
There are a variety of career options for a History-Political Science major, including teaching, seminary, law school, government work, archival management, library science, international affairs, and museum management.
The American Bar Association does not recommend a particular major, but encourages future law students to study in disciplines which will help them develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in this field. At LeTourneau, students who are interested in a legal career should visit with the pre-law advisor who will work with each student individually to find an appropriate major and elective courses.
If you major in History-Political Science, then the courses taken in your major will prepare you for law school. If you have room for elective courses, BUSI 3103 Business Law and BMGT 4313 Conflict Resolution are excellent choices. Your B.A. degree requires an 18 hour minor. Your choice of a minor is important and should be chosen to give you added intellectual breadth and knowledge. For example, a minor in literature will help build one's writing skills; or if you want to go into international law, consider a Spanish minor; or if you wish to have some background in business or accounting, then minor in one of those fields.
If you major in an academic discipline other than History-Political Science, then take as many courses as possible in your major and in your general education electives which will reinforce the following: 1) writing proficiency; 2) critical thinking skills; 3) analytical skills; 4) communication aptitude; 5) knowledge of the American tradition; and 6) research skills. Law school admission deans like to see applications that include challenging courses in history, literature, and philosophy. Foreign languages and advanced math courses are also good to take. At the very least, try to take as many of the following courses as you can.
BMGT 4313 CONFLICT RESOLUTION.
BUSI 3103 BUSINESS LAW.
POLS 3203 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE.
POLS 3951 PRE-LAW PRACTICUM. This is an introduction to the legal field that is offered on demand and should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year of college. The purpose of the course is to help a student decide if a legal career is an appropriate career choice.
POLS 4103 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. This course involves "briefing" selected Supreme Court cases. It is intensive writing and tries to replicate law school expectations.
POLS 4983 LAW INTERNSHIP. Consult with your academic advisor to see if you could do an internship for your major which might also give you exposure to the legal field. For example, if your accounting major requires an internship, it might be possible to do it in a law-related area.
Admittance to law school is rigorous. Therefore, a student needs to be committed to his or her studies and also show evidence of campus and community involvement. During the senior year of college a student pursuing a legal career must take the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) and make application to law school. Admittance into law school is usually based on the student's test score and college grades.
A pre-law student should plan on spending a semester in Washington D.C. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, but most easily through the American Studies Program in which LeTourneau participates.