Pre-law degree: choice of majors
Upon completion of your degree pathway program, you will have reached the required English level, acquired academic credits, and integrated into American university life. You then matriculate into Year 2 of an undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Criminal Justice, BA
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for leadership roles within the criminal justice field. This pre-law degree program is designed for those who wish to become criminal justice professionals, or who seek advancement in the field. A criminal justice degree also provides a foundation for law school and continuing life-long professional development as a policy-maker.
Graduates of the program are well-placed to succeed in supervisory and management roles in areas including policing, homeland security, courts, corrections, juvenile justice, child and victim advocacy, security and associated support agencies. The courses cover contemporary issues facing the decision-makers of the American criminal justice system, with an emphasis on the skills necessary to become an effective leader.
International Studies, BA
International studies is an interdisciplinary degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. At least 5 courses in international studies must be taken:
- Cross-Cultural Anthropology
- Principles of Economics I
- The World since 1500
- Introduction to International Relations
- Introduction to Political Science
Students choose elective courses from the following three tracks: Regional Studies (including courses focusing on Latin America, Europe, Southern cone, Middle East, and Egypt), Developments in the Global System, and Race, Rights, Gender and Activism.
Students may also deepen their learning and gain valuable work experience through internships with an agency or organization that deals with international issues and populations.
Political Science, BA
Political science deals with how we reach the collective decisions that shape our common fate. Political scientists study topics such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relationship of politics to the economy, culture, and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. The undergraduate pre-law degree curriculum is made up of 4 sub-fields: US politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.
Roosevelt University is ideally located for studying political science, as it is in one of the USA's most dynamic metropolitan areas. Government is the area's largest employer and Chicago is home to a large number of political offices, social action groups, and political consultants.
Social Justice Studies, BA
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program coordinated by the Economics Department that integrates theories, methods, and substance of economics, history, political science and sociology as they bear on questions of social justice. What is social justice? What are the processes that produce injustice in our world and how do they operate? How are people working - or how might people work - to achieve social justice.
All students in this pre-law degree program have the opportunity to work with agencies and/or organizations in the Chicago area. Chicago has a critical mass of people and resources working together on every major contemporary issue of concern. Internships give students access to and experience with advocacy groups, non-profit institutions, and governmental institutions.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Roosevelt University centers on traditional sociological perspectives, but also provides students with a grasp of research and theoretical principles and the opportunity to develop that understanding in classes selected to fit individual interests and career goals.
Sociology, like the other social sciences, focuses on human behavior. What distinguishes Sociology from these other disciplines is its emphasis on social structure as a means of analyzing and interpreting that behavior. A degree in Sociology provides students with analytical skills, the ability to design research projects, and what is perhaps most important, real insight into the human condition, talents that can be used in a variety of occupational settings.
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