Undergraduate Programs

Political Science BA/BS

The undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs in Political Science are intended to introduce students to key concepts and methods used in the study of politics and government.   Through courses in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Public Policy, students develop skills in communication, critical and analytical thinking, and a deeper understanding of their personal and social responsibilities.  In addition, given the nature of the bachelor’s program at A&M-Commerce, students will learn essential research skills that will assist them in furthering their education should they decide to continue into graduate school and in any career they may wish to pursue upon graduation.  For further information, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Herndon, Associate Professor and Department Head. 

Paralegal Studies BA/BS

Paralegal Studies at A&M-Commerce (the only American Bar Association bachelor’s degree program in Texas) provides specialized classes to prepare students to work in law offices as paralegals. Practicing attorneys teach courses in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Business Law, Probate, Legal Research, and other areas. It is a highly successful program for a field with a growing job market.  For further information, please contact Ms. April Pitts, Director of Paralegal Studies. 

Political Science Minor 

Legal Studies Minor

The legal studies minor gives students the benefit of a multi-disciplinary minor with rigorous courses intended to improve their ability to get into law school and help them to succeed once there.  The program consists of 18 semester credit hours spread across four content areas with most of the courses at the junior or senior-level (300/400).  The reason for this is that not only do law schools consider undergraduate GPA in admission decisions—they also consider the quality of the undergraduate courses taken by a candidate.  The minor in legal studies is available to any student in any major who is considering law school upon graduation from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  For further information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Herndon, Associate Professor and Department Head. 

Latin American and U.S. Latino Studies Minor

An interdisciplinary program, the minor in Latin American and U.S. Latino Studies consists of 18 semester credit hours (6 semester credit hours in the LALS core and 12 semester credit hours drawn from at least three different departments).   For further information, please contact Dr. Robert Rodriguez, Coordinator Latin American and U.S. Latino Studies.