Department of History and Political Science
Dr. Bobby Johnson, Chair
Associate Professor: Johnson
History and Political Science
The Department of History and Political Science offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in History-Political Science and, in cooperation with the School of Education, Bachelor of Arts degrees in History Education and Social Studies.
Course descriptions and requirements for all programs are linked below. For details about the people and programs of the Department of History and Political Science, consult the departmentís web site.
The Department of History and Political Science also provides guidance for pre-professional programs in law. For details about the pre-law concentration, follow this link.
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.