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What are the Emphasis Areas for a BA in Government at GCU?

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Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Government degree is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and has two emphasis areas for students to choose from. If you feel called to study government and pursue a career in law or policy, then keep reading for an introduction to the two emphasis areas of our Bachelor of Arts in Government program.

Legal Studies

While earning a Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies, you develop analytical competencies needed in both criminal and civil law and may be prepared to work in a legal environment as a paralegal or administrator upon graduation. Some of the areas of study that are featured in this program include political themes, government institutions, public policy creation and constitutional studies. Also, the legal studies bachelor’s degree can prepare you for a future in law school by providing you with an education that focuses on legal and government issues such as legal analysis, legal research and writing, sound reasoning and soft skills for gathering and relaying information.

State and Local Public Policy

Students in GCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy program explore constitutional foundations and law, American politics and government, the impact of Supreme Court decisions on society and governing institutions. Also, this public bachelor’s degree helps you develop research, public relations, analytical and communications skills. Graduates of this program may be prepared to impact society as public administrators who are responsible for creating laws and policy. An education in public policy may also support careers in nonprofits, political research, regulatory affairs for the private sector and other fields that are heavily impacted by public policy and regulations.

To discover more about GCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies or Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy, please visit our website or click this page’s Request More Information button.