The Justice and Democracy emphasis allows students to study the theme of justice and democracy across Public Law, American Politics, and Political Theory. American democracy – its history, development, institutions, behavior, and traditions of political thought – serves as a primary but not exclusive case study.
This emphasis is designed primarily for students seeking a career in federal, state, or local government; in non-profits; or in regional quasi-governmental bodies such as public authorities, special districts, or councils of government.
The department proudly maintains one of the most highly developed undergraduate public law programs in the nation. The public law program exposes students to the intersection between politics and law, with a specific focus on constitutional issues.