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.
Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)
Students must complete six hours (two courses) to complete the core requirements of the certificate.
In order to complete the certificate, students must develop a senior level research paper that addresses constitutional issues. The student must submit the paper to certificate coordinator and Legal Studies faculty for approval and successfully present its contents. The research paper can be a revised upper division paper that has been previously submitted in a certificate class or senior seminar.
Electives (6 Credit Hours)
Students must complete six hours (two courses) from the following list of courses: