Law and Constitutional Studies - BS, BA

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

The law and constitutional studies is the only major of its kind in the Intermountain West.

The program is intended to introduce students to the study of law and politics, with an emphasis on the American Constitution.

What You Will Learn

The program focuses on how constitutional rules affect political and economic processes. Students study the theory, history, economics, and development of constitutional thought. They also learn about natural and civil rights, a market economy, a self-governing citizenry, voluntary associations, and the rule of law.

Through an intensive program of constitutional study, this major equips students with the intellectual tools and understanding of constitutional principles necessary to enter graduate study or law school, as well as a variety of other professions.

USU’s political science professors are committed to quality teaching, mentoring, advising, and research, and consistently win department, college, and university awards for their work. The department also hosts prominent experts on law and the Constitution as guest speakers, such as Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. Students also have ample opportunities for internships in federal and state legislatures, regulatory agencies, lobbying firms, think tanks, corporations and international organizations.

Students receive a by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.


At a Glance

College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Political Science Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Law and constitutional studies majors can work in many areas related to government, and they are also well prepared for graduate studies and law school. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree can pursue the following careers:

  • Government work
  • U.S. Senate and House staff
  • Lobbyist
  • Foreign service officer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Federal reserve system manager
  • Campaign consultant
  • Legislative analyst
  • Consultant

The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the law and constitutional studies program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring for other USU majors need a 3.0 transfer GPA for admission to this major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

While internships are not required, there are many internship opportunities available, and students can apply credit from internships toward their upper-division political science course requirements.

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