The Certificate in Law and Public Policy

On-Campus and Online Course Overview

The Law and Public Policy certificate provides an in depth analysis of Congress which makes laws, and the judiciary which interprets them. A comprehension of these branches of government requires a thorough understanding of their constitutional foundation, which this track explores by examining the roots of our constitutional rights in England, the innovations explored during the colonial period, the writings of the Founders, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the subsequent usurpation of legislative authority by the judiciary. This certificate also provides an opportunity to analyze from a biblical worldview public policy issues that relate to the law. This certificate is designed to benefit those students who want to expand their knowledge and augment their credentials to legal and political issues.

  • Work effectively with public lawyers, and engage in legal issues affecting public and nonprofit organizations.
  • Apply constitutional and legal competence to the public and nonprofit workplace
  • Understand and apply legal concepts in analyzing public policy issues historically and in current perspective

Potential future positions related to this certificate are:

  • U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
  • State Senator or State Representative
  • Lobbyist
  • Legislative Staff (Federal & State)
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Paralegal (requires further schooling)
  • Lawyer building political base for elective office (requires further schooling)

Required Co-Requisites (0 credit hours)

Course Number, Title and Credit Hours

Fall

Spring

Summer

A

B

C

D

E

F

ENGL 500
Graduate Academic Writing Seminar
(0)
(must be taken during first semester)

x

x

x

x

x

x

UNIV LIB
Library Research and Resources
(3)
(must be taken during first semester)

x

x

x

x

x

x

Law and Public Policy Certificate (12 credit hours)
Complete four (4) of the following courses

Course Number, Title and Credit Hours

Fall

Spring

Summer

A

B

C

D

E

F

GOV 615
Economic Policy
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 618
Contracts
(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 619
Constitutional Law & Policy I
(3)

x

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 620
Constitutional Law & Policy II
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 622
Religion & Politics
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 623
Public Policy Initiatives
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 628
The Law & Governance of Higher Ed.
(3)

 

 

 

 

full term

GOV 635
Presidential Leadership
(3)

x

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 636
Congressional Leadership
(3)

 

 

 

x

 

 

GOV 639
Anglo-American Constitutionalism
(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 651
Biblical Law
(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 655
International and Comparative Human Rights
(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 658
American Political Thought
(3)

 

x

 

x