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Politics and Law, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Smithfield, RI, United States
The mission of the Politics and Law Program is to engage students in today’s complex social problems through the study of political and legal institutions to develop their abilities to make a positive difference in the world.
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The program cultivates purposeful civic learning, which is the combination of students’ passion to confront and analyze these problems with the conceptual and methodological knowledge needed to do so.

As faculty, our primary goal is to help students develop an insightful viewpoint, from which they can participate confidently and competently in conversations around today’s complex problems and make an impact. We pledge to assist students in achieving this goal by providing the critical, well-rounded education needed to address today’s complex problems and to achieve success in their professional, personal, and civic lives. Our graduates understand that what they know, what they can do, who they are, and what they value are all essential outcomes of a quality educational experience.

Students in the Politics and Law major will:

  • Cultivate their curiosity for civic life and become driven learners engaged in purposeful learning.
  • Learn how to identify, locate, evaluate, and use, responsibly and effectively, information that is relevant for the inquiry at hand.
  • Engage systematically in the exploration of complex problems and learn how to reach persuasive conclusions based on the information available.
  • Integrate values, knowledge, and skills to generate a personal viewpoint that has the potential to influence conversations about complex problems.

Politics and Law is a unique, multidisciplinary program that brings together the complementary disciplines of Political Science and Legal Studies. This approach is reflected in its learning goals, its curriculum, its co-curricular opportunities, and the diverse intellectual make-up and personal commitments of its faculty members and students.

The major includes six required courses. In Political Science, students take one course from each of the discipline’s three major subfields: American government, comparative politics, and international politics. In Legal Studies, students learn about a variety of legal problems and develop insights into the ways that cultural forces, social change, intellectual debate, and historical developments shape law.

Based on the program's goal to cultivate driven learners engaged in purposeful learning, students have the flexibility to pursue elective courses of study based on their unique interests. This involves selecting three electives from a wide-range of upper-level Political Science and Legal Studies courses, with at least one at the 400 level. These can also include relevant internships, study away programs, and directed study courses, in which students work one-on-one with a faculty member.

The Politics and Law major culminates with the Seminar in Politics and Law. This required Capstone course provides students with a distinctive experience in a focused learning community that is reserved for seniors in the major. By drawing on their previous years of study and integrating their civic values, knowledge, and skills, students generate a personal viewpoint that has the potential to influence conversations about complex problems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Foundations of Character and Leadership
  • Global Foundations of Organizations and Business
  • Writing Workshop
  • Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience For All
  • Introduction to Global Politics
  • Honors Politics of the Global System
  • Government and Society in America
  • Honors Contemporary American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Western Legal Tradition
  • Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Law and Society
For more information, please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed Common Application or completed Universal Application with Universal College Application supplement 
  • Essay/personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor
  • Secondary school report, also from your guidance counselor. This tells Bryant about your high school, how many students it has, the types of courses they teach, and so on.
  • Official transcript showing senior courses and most recent grades. Minimum of 16 units must include:
  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of math
  • 2 years of language 
  • 2 years of social science
  • 2 years of lab science
  • 2 years of additional academic discipline (math, language, etc.)
For more information please visit the program website page.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43076 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43076 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43076 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43076 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Smithfield

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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