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The certificate in Constitutional Studies will concentrate on the development of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, their interpretation by judges through judicial decisions, and how the constitutional doctrines of federalism, enumerated powers, separation of powers, and the rule of law apply to the national and state governments. The capstone class, the American Legal System, will then examine broader considerations of how fundamental law has acted to define the powers of government and also sought to limit those powers through the institution of civil rights and civil liberties.
The Certificate in Constitutional Studies is awarded upon graduation and students must have a 3.0 overall Grade Point Average in classwork and complete certificate coursework with a 3.0 average or better. Students must also successfully complete a paper incorporating U.S. Constitutional law in the POLS 4410 capstone class as an assessment of achieving significant knowledge of constitutional law.
The core classes are one formal class in constitutional law, either POLS 3315 or POLS 4415, coupled with the capstone class of POLS 4410 American Legal Systems.
POLS 4415 or POLS 3315 meet the Core Requirement of 6 hours. POLS 4410 is the capstone class and is required for the certificate as the program assessment occurs in that class. POLS 3300 U.S. Constitution and Courts is a required class to enroll in upper division legal classes but is not required for the certificate.