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Political Science (Major and Minor)

The study of politics entails much more than an analysis of current events, the activities of politicians, or the workings of government institutions. In a broad sense, political science is concerned with the nature of power and with its uses and abuses. Because this definition encompasses all of human activity, the study of politics must attend to a vast range of human endeavors.

The sheer breadth of the field is what makes the study of politics so intriguing and so important. Moreover, the study of politics is a vital component of an authentic liberal arts education, an education with which students learn to identify, analyze, and evaluate critically significant aspects of the human condition. Download the Political Science fact sheet (pdf)

Political science majors will demonstrate:

  • Ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate critically basic moral and political concepts.
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate critically significant political institutions and practices.
  • Writing, analysis, and oral presentation skills that conform to the scholarly expectations of the discipline.

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International Studies (Major and Minor)

A modern liberal arts education is incomplete without some understanding of the international and global nature of human society. International Studies majors can use the major as a means to explore the international and global dimensions of economics, politics, or culture, especially as they relate to a particular geographic area of study.

The changing demographics in California have brought the diversity of the globe to our local communities. The major is designed to give students the knowledge, skills, and confidence to work in multicultural settings, whether here or abroad.

International studies students learn to develop and articulate their own ideas about the importance of having an international and global perspective in an increasingly multicultural workplace. Students gain an understanding of how cultures differ, as well as the advantages and challenges of cultural diversity. International Studies majors also acquire a richer perspective of their own culture in the process. Download the International Studies fact sheet (pdf)

International Studies majors will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the international dimensions of economics, politics, or culture.
  • An understanding of the economics, politics, or culture of a specific region of the world.
  • An understanding of how cultures differ, as well as the advantages and challenges of cultural diversity.
  • The knowledge, skills, and confidence to work in multicultural settings, whether here or abroad.
  • A second-year proficiency in a second language.

Course Catalog Information

  • For International Studies Major and Minor Degree information, view our course catalog.
  • For International Studies course offerings, view our course catalog.


Pre-Law (Minor)

Pre-legal education should be a preparation for a lifetime of active involvement in a diverse and changing society and not just a direct preparation for law school. There is no single curricular path that is ideal preparation for law school. However, this pre-law minor specifically seeks to help students further improve their skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, and public speaking, and also to develop an understanding of what shapes human experience within American society and the American legal system.

According to the American Bar Association and law schools, pre-legal education should be a preparation for a lifetime of active involvement in a diverse and changing society and not just a direct preparation for law school. There is no single curricular path that is ideal preparation for law school.

However, this pre-law minor specifically seeks to help student further improve their skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, and public speaking, and also to develop some understanding of what shapes human experience within American society and the American legal system. Although any undergraduate major will suffice for admission to law school, most law school students major in one or more of the following: political science, history, philosophy, and/or English.

Pre-law students should contact the pre-law advisor at least once a semester to keep informed about various activities relevant to their pre-law preparation. Pre-law students are also encouraged to join the Dominican University of California Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. Please contact the pre-law advisor or the chapter president for more information.

 

 

 


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