2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    
    Jun 01, 2020  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law and Legal Studies - BS in Political Science and Public Administration


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In this concentration, students will gain a better understanding and awareness of the legal system in the United States. Students will learn about the structure and processes of the law and how it relates to their personal and professional worlds. The law is an increasingly key aspect of business, government, and other related sectors, and this concentration can help students excel and advance in these arenas.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of American government.
  2. Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public administration in the United States.
  3. Define ethical leadership and evaluate its importance in contemporary government and public administration.
  4. Explain the principal dimensions of major global issues and their relevance to choices made at the national, state, and local levels.
  5. Identify key debates over political principles that have endured over time and describe how these debates manifested in several contemporary political controversies.
  6. Explain how public policy is formulated and implemented.
  7. Describe how public sector organizations function with their political, social, and economic context.
  8. Demonstrate how the methods of political science, public administration, or social entrepreneurship can be used to solve problems and create positive social change.
  9. Analyze legal debates surrounding key social issues.
  10. Explain key legal concepts and cases.

Degree Requirements


  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (35 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
  • Elective courses (70 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Concentration Curriculum


Concentration Courses (25 cr.)


Students must also choose an upper-level course in addition to the four prescribed courses listed below.

Electives (70 cr.)


Choose 14 courses from general education, BS in Political Science and Public Administration, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Please note: RN-BSN courses are not available to students outside the RN-BSN program.