Program Overview

The Political Science major with a Legal Studies concentration at Austin Peay State University is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in an area of law. Students are able to pursue either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, depending on their strengths and interests.

This program is intended to give students both a strong general education and concentrated study in the fields of political science and legal studies. General education courses come from the communications, history, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences disciplines. Students that choose to pursue the Bachelor of Arts track are required to take six hours at the intermediate level in any one language offered by the university.

To earn either the BA or BS in Political Science with a Legal Studies concentration Degree, those enrolled must earn a total of 120 credits. The general education core consists of 41 credits and students are also required to complete 39 hours of upper division electives.

To complete the major and concentration-specific credits, candidates must earn 51 credits from a prescribed curriculum. The coursework does not focus solely on law; it also instructs in areas of public policy, political theory, and legal writing and research. In addition to the 51 credits, students must earn nine additional upper-division credits, excluding a legislative internship. Some of the required major courses include Civil Trial and Appellate Practice, American Constitutional Law, and Judicial Politics and Behavior. Any remaining credits come from electives chosen by the student with approval by a faculty advisor.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist degrees.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1927, and named for Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, serving at the time of the school’s establishment, the university originated as a normal school for educators. Today, Austin Peay State University (APSU) is a four-year public institution of higher education, and its main campus is located in the city of Clarksville, Tennessee. Austin Peay State University hosts distance education degrees and courses through APSU Online and Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP).

    Online degrees include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and a teacher education and licensure program. Students can enroll in the Associate of Science Liberal Arts program or pursue a bachelor degree, including, but not limited to, fields of: communication, computer science, criminal justice, medical technology, nursing, political science, public management, and professional studies. Master’s degrees range from studies in education and communication to professional studies and nursing. Educator programs include add-on endorsements and professional development. Some programs are hybrid and do require on-campus components, while other courses may require proctored exams. Coursework is asynchronous, but classes follow that of traditional calendars with set assignments and deadlines. Online classes have the same start date as on-campus counterparts.


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