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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Master of Public Policy Blended Program

Pacific and McGeorge School of Law offer an accelerated pathway to a Master in Public Policy. Students major in political science and minor in public policy to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in three-and-a-half years. If they meet GPA requirements, they are guaranteed admission to McGeorge where they can earn their master’s degree in a year-and-a-half.

McGeorge was the first law school to offer a master’s degree in public policy. The program offers a foundation in law and focuses on developing the quantitative analytical skills used in formulating public policy.

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific undergraduate cumulative and school/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree and a 3.0 in the Master of Public Policy degree.

Note: Acceptance into the graduate portion of this blended program is conditional on (a) completion of all undergraduate program requirements by the end of the seventh semester at Pacific and (b) a minimum 3.0 cumulative Pacific undergraduate GPA.

I. General Education Requirements

Minimum 42 units and 12 courses that include: 

PACS 001  What is a Good Society (4) 
PACS 002  Topical Seminar on a Good Society (4) 
PACS 003  What is an Ethical Life? (3)

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences

IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
IB. U.S. Studies      
IC. Global Studies

Arts and Humanities

IIA. Language and Literature
IIB. Worldviews and Ethics      
IIC. Visual and Performing Arts

Natural Science and Mathematics

IIIA. Natural Sciences
IIIB. Mathematics and Formal Logic      
IIIC. Science, Technology and Society or a second IIIA Natural Sciences course

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.


II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)                                                          

Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

IV. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

  • Writing
  • Quantitative analysis


V. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)


VI. Political Science Major Requirements*

Minimum 14 courses that include:

POLS 011   Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
- or - 
POLS 151   Principles of Comparative Politics (4)
POLS 021   Introduction to Political Theory (4)
POLS 041   U.S. Government and Politics (4)
POLS 051   Introduction to International Relations (4)
POLS 133   Political Science Research (4)
POLS 189   Capstone Seminar (4)

Minimum 2 units from one of the following orientation courses:

INTL 151   Cross-Cultural Training I **
POLS 081  Career and Internship Preparation

Minimum 3 units from the following experiential learning courses: *** 3-4

POLS 187A  Political Science Internship                                                                      
POLS 187C  Pre-Law Internship
POLS 197    Undergraduate Research 
JCTR 187    Community Affairs Internship
JCTR 197A/197B    Community Independent Research
SACR 187    Sacramento Experience Internship
WASH 187   Washington Semester Internship

6 upper-division courses with at least one course in four of the following subfields: 12

US Government and Politics
POLS 104   Urban Government
POLS 106   California Government and Politics
POLS 112   Congress and the Presidency
POLS 114   Political Parties and Interest Groups
POLS 116   Political Parties and Interest Groups
POLS 119  Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
POLS 128  Introduction to Public Administration

Public Law
POLS 120  Courts and Judicial Behavior
POLS 122  Constitutional Law
POLS 124  Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
POLS 126  Criminal Law

Political Theory
POLS 130  Ancient to Medieval Political Theory
POLS 132  Modern to Contemporary Political Theory
POLS 134  American Political Thought
POLS 136  Jurisprudence

Comparative Politics
POLS 141  Western European Comparative Politics
POLS 146  Latin American Politics
POLS 148  Politics of the Middle East
POLS 150  Political Development
POLS 151  Principles of Comparative Politics
POLS 152  Politics of Asia

International Relations
POLS 160  Theories of International Politics
POLS 162  International Organization                                                                      
POLS 164  International Political Economy
POLS 166  International Conflict and Conflict Management
POLS 168  Comparative Foreign Policy 
POLS 170  U.S. Foreign Policy 
POLS 172  Inter-American Relations

*    Students must (1) complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.5 and (2) must complete the capstone project individually and receive a minimum grade of B+ in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in political science with departmental honors.

**  Only students who participate in an approved study-abroad program may take INTL 151-Cross-Cultural Training I.

*** Students may meet the Political Science major's experiential learning requirement by participating in an approved education abroad program. Any SABD (education abroad) course may be used to satisfy the experiential learning requirement.

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053   Introductory Microeconomics
SOCI 041    Social Problems

One of the following Political Science courses


POLS 119    Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
POLS 128    Introduction to Public Administration

Four of the following courses, with at least one each coming from the sociology and the economics sets.


Economics courses (at least one)
ECON 131   Public Finance
ECON 157   Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
ECON 180   Labor Economics        
ECON 183   Health Economics

Sociology courses (at least one)
SOCI 111    Environment and Society
SOCI 125    Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCI 127    Family and Marriage      
SOCI 133    Criminology

Other Public Affairs courses
COMM 117   Public Advocacy
COMM 143   Intercultural Communication
HIST 132     American Immigration
HIST 133     Women in United States History
HIST 136     American Environmental History      
INTL 174     Global Environmental Policy              
POLS 162     International Organization                
POLS 170     U.S. Foreign Policy

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

Minimum of 15 courses to include:

LAW 212    Introduction to Legal Analysis
LAW 517    Statutes and Regulations
PUB 218     Professional Skills
PUB 211     Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain
PUB 213     Enhancing Societal Capacity
PUB 214     Budgets, Financial Management
PUB 222     Finance for Public Policies
PUB 234     Advanced Policy Analytics
PUB 241     Leaders, Organization Behavior
PUB 242     Systemic Change
PUB 252     Strategic Public Management
or
PUB 215     A Complex Public Policy Case
PUB 291     Externship


Completion of one of the following areas of concentration:

Environmental and Water Policy (at least 9 units total)

At least one of the following (other may be elective)

LAW 230    Water Resources Law (3)
LAW 507    Environmental Law (3)   
LAW 235    Environmental Practice (3) 
LAW 307    Water and Enviro Research Seminar (2-3) 
LAW 500    Administrative Law (3) 
LAW 501    CA Environmental Cases and Places (2) 
LAW 509    Special Topics  (2-3) 
LAW 510    Natural Resources (3)
PUB 219    Directed Research (1-3)

Capital Policy Making (10 units total)

LAW 513    California Lobbying & Politics (2)
LAW 576    Introduction to Capitol Lawyering (2) 
LAW 822    Lawmaking in California (2)

And four units from among the following to total 10 units):

LAW 853    Legislative Clinic (Fall and Spring) (2+2)
LAW 568    California Initiative Seminar (2) 
LAW 567    Election Law (2)

Public and Non-Profit Leadership (at least 9 units total)

One of the following:

LAW 101    Contracts/Analytical Skills (4)
LAW 110    Contracts (4)       
LAW 500    Administrative Law (3)

At least five more units (to total at least 9 within the concentration) from the following:

LAW 209    Local Agencies Practice (2)
LAW 513    California Lobbying & Politics (2)       
LAW 560    Land Use Planning (2)       
LAW 561    Representing Local Agencies (1)       
LAW 802    Negotiations & Settlements (2-3)       
LAW 822    Lawmaking in California (2)       
LAW 826    Negotiating Disputes into Deals (2)       
PUB 213     Enhancing Societal Capacity (MPA students only) (3)

During the summer after Spring One, students will participate in a required internship with a policy focus.