Major in Law & Public Policy

Learn how the law works and use it to solve problems and shape policy

If you want to turn your interest in law into a career—working in diplomacy and the foreign service, homeland security, human rights and social justice advocacy, government relations and political campaigns—consider a major or minor in Law and Public Policy. You’ll explore how legal institutions and their leaders shape public policy, and you’ll learn how to work with the law to accomplish your goals, whether  for a government agency, a nonprofit, or a business. This degree is also good preparation for law school.

You’ll learn from top faculty from across the Indiana University campus, including stellar faculty at IU’s Maurer School of Law:

Lisa A Farnsworth
Director, Graduate Legal Studies, IU Maurer School of Law

farnswor@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0919
Law Building 220

Luis Fuentes-Rohwer
Professor of Law

lfr@indiana.edu
(812) 855-5003
Law Building 344

Aviva A Orenstein
Professor of Law

aorenste@indiana.edu
(812) 855-8736
Law Building 325

Meet your SPEA Faculty

Beth Cate
Associate Professor

becate@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563
SPEA 343

  • Data governance and regulation
  • Intellectual property
  • Constitutional law and Supreme Court decision making
  • Religion in public life and governance

Paul Helmke
Director, Civic Leaders Center

phelmke@indiana.edu
(812) 855-2275
SPEA 447 and Briscoe A122

  • Mayoral leadership
  • Gun control
  • Urban issues
  • Law and public policy
  • Civic education and participation
  • Nonprofit leadership

Andrea Need
Director, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

aneed@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0732
SPEA 260

  • Environmental Law
  • Conservation Easements
  • Invasive Species
  • Environmental Impact of Shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway

Jill Nicholson-Crotty
Associate Professor

jillnich@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4556
SPEA 351

  • Public and nonprofit management
  • The role of the sectors in the policy process

Required Coursework

As a SPEA student you will complete various requirements for your degree based on the date you entered Indiana University Bloomington (your matriculation date). There are several components to your curriculum including:

  • General Education
  • SPEA Preparation
  • BSPA Core
  • Experiential Learning
  • Major
  • Electives

There are several ways you can view degree requirements. Your Academic Advising Report is your personalized report outlining your existing requirements and progress toward graduation. You can also expand the term (semester and year) you entered Indiana University Bloomington to review degree requirements. Please note these requirements are for advising purposes only and are not official. To discuss your degree requirements and academic goals please make an appointment with your academic advisor.

All your degree requirements are based on the semester and year you entered IU Bloomington. If you became an IU Bloomington student either Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 you are in the right place!

General Education: select the appropriate academic year (2016-2017) in the "Courses Approved for:" section.

SPEA Preparation

Communication (6cr)

  • Professional Writing – One course from:
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • BUS-C 204 Business Communications (3cr) (P: English comp with grade C or better, and second-year standing)
    • SPEA-V 260 Professional Writing for Public Affairs (3cr)
  • Oral Communication – One course from:
    • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
    • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3cr)
    • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3cr)
    • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3cr)
    • ENG-R 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr)
    • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3cr)
    • SPEA-V 260 Speaking, Listening and Public Affairs (3cr)

Quantitative (12cr)

  • Computer – One course from:
    • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3cr)
    • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3cr)
    • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3cr) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014)
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4cr) (P: Two years high school math or MATH-M 014)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr) OR equivalent (P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3cr) (P: ECON-E 201)

American Government Foundations (3cr)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr)

BSPA Core

  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr)
    • OR SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Experiential Learning

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2cr)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1cr) (P: SPEA-V 252)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
Get more information


Law and Public Policy Major (12 courses)

Courses may be listed in more than one area below. However, no course will count more than once in the major. It is strongly recommended that students take SPEA-V 220 as the first course for this major.

The following four courses:

  • SPEA-V 339 Legal History and Public Policy (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 370 Research Methods and Statistical Modeling (3cr) (P: SPEA-K 300 or equivalent)
  • SPEA-V 379 Performance Management and Program Evaluation (3cr)

One course from the following:

  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

Two courses from the following:

  • SPEA-V 450 courses offered by the Maurer Law School faculty (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

Five courses from the following (at least four courses must be offered by SPEA):

  • SPEA-E 324 Controversies in Environmental Health (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 476 Environmental Law and Regulation (3cr)
  • SPEA-H 341 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 275 Introduction to Emergency Management (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 456 Topics in Public Law (3cr) (repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 462 Community Development (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 476 Compensation Strategy and Systems (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 477 Strategic Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 479 Employee Recruitment and Selection (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • AAAD-A 481 Racism and the Law (3cr)
  • ANTH-E 475 Law and Culture (3cr)
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
    •   OR BUS-L 203 Commercial Law I (3cr) (discontinued)
  • BUS-L 302 Sustainability Law and Policy (3cr)
  • BUS-L 303 Commercial Law II (3cr)
  • BUS-L 406 Employment Problems and the Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 371 Criminal Procedure (3cr)
  • CLAS-C 308 Roman Law (3cr) (R: CLAS-C 102)
  • SPH-R 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3cr)
  • MSCH-J 300 Communications Law (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
  • MSCH-J 407 Newsgathering and the Law (3cr) (P: JOUR-J 300 and junior/senior standing or consent of instructor)
  • PHIL-P 375 Philosophy of Law (3cr) (P: three credit hours of philosophy)
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 367 International Law (3cr)
  • SOC-S 326 Law and Society (3cr) (P: three credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor)
  • MSCH-L 424 Telecommunications and the Constitution (3cr) (P: One of MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, Tel-T 205 or TEL-T 207 with a C- or higher, or consent of instructor)

Electives

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your electives.

All your degree requirements are based on the semester and year you entered IU Bloomington. If you became an IU Bloomington student either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 you are in the right place!

General Education: select the appropriate academic year (2015-2016) in the "Courses Approved for:" section.

SPEA Preparation

Communication (6cr)

  • Professional Writing – One course from:
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • BUS-C 204 Business Communications (3cr) (P: English comp with grade C or better, and second-year standing)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)
  • Oral Communication – One course from:
    • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
    • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3cr)
    • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3cr)
    • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3cr)
    • ENG-R 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr)
    • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3cr)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)

Quantitative (12cr)

  • Computer – One course from:
    • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3cr)
    • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3cr)
    • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3cr) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014)
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4cr) (P: Two years high school math or MATH-M 014)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr) OR equivalent (P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3cr) (P: ECON-E 201)

American Government Foundations (3cr)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr)

BSPA Core

  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr)
    • OR SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Experiential Learning

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2cr)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1cr) (P: SPEA-V 252)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
Get more information


Law and Public Policy Major (12 courses)

Courses may be listed in more than one area below. However, no course will count more than once in the major. It is strongly recommended that students take SPEA-V 220 as the first course for this major.

The following four courses:

  • SPEA-V 339 Legal History and Public Policy (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 370 Research Methods and Statistical Modeling (3cr) (P: SPEA-K 300 or equivalent)
  • SPEA-V 379 Performance Management and Program Evaluation (3cr)

One course from the following:

  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

Two courses from the following:

  • SPEA-V 450 courses offered by the Maurer Law School faculty (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

Five courses from the following (at least four courses must be offered by SPEA):

  • SPEA-E 324 Controversies in Environmental Health (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 476 Environmental Law and Regulation (3cr)
  • SPEA-H 341 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 275 Introduction to Emergency Management (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 456 Topics in Public Law (3cr) (repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 476 Compensation Strategy and Systems (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 477 Strategic Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 479 Employee Recruitment and Selection (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • AAAD-A 481 Racism and the Law (3cr)
  • ANTH-E 475 Law and Culture (3cr)
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
    •   OR BUS-L 203 Commercial Law I (3cr) (discontinued)
  • BUS-L 302 Sustainability Law and Policy (3cr)
  • BUS-L 303 Commercial Law II (3cr)
  • BUS-L 406 Employment Problems and the Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 371 Criminal Procedure (3cr)
  • CLAS-C 308 Roman Law (3cr) (R: CLAS-C 102)
  • SPH-R 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3cr)
  • MSCH-J 300 Communications Law (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
  • MSCH-J 407 Newsgathering and the Law (3cr) (P: JOUR-J 300 and junior/senior standing or consent of instructor)
  • PHIL-P 375 Philosophy of Law (3cr) (P: three credit hours of philosophy)
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 367 International Law (3cr)
  • SOC-S 326 Law and Society (3cr) (P: three credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor)
  • MSCH-L 424 Telecommunications and the Constitution (3cr) (P: One of MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, Tel-T 205 or TEL-T 207 with a C- or higher, or consent of instructor)

Electives

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your electives.

2015-2016 SPEA Bulletin

All your degree requirements are based on the semester and year you entered IU Bloomington. If you became an IU Bloomington student either Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 you are in the right place!

General Education: select the appropriate academic year (2014-2015) in the "Courses Approved for:" section.

SPEA Preparation

Communication (6cr)

  • Professional Writing – One course from:
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • BUS-C 204 Business Communications (3cr) (P: English comp with grade C or better, and second-year standing)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)
  • Oral Communication – One course from:
    • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
    • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3cr)
    • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3cr)
    • CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3cr) (changed to COLL-P 155)
    • CMCL-C 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr) (changed to ANTH-A 122)
    • CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (3cr) (discontinued)
    • CMCL-C 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr) (changed to ENG-R 228)
    • CMCL-C 229 Ways of Speaking (3cr) (changed to ANTH-L 208)
    • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3cr)
    • ENG-R 228: Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr)
    • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3cr)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)

Quantitative (12cr)

  • Computer – One course from:
    • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3cr)
    • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3cr)
    • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3cr) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014)
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4cr) (P: Two years high school math or MATH-M 014)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr) (P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3cr) (P: ECON-E 201)

American Government Foundations (3cr)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr)

BSPA Core

  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr)
    • OR SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Experiential Learning Requirement

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2cr)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1cr) (P: SPEA-V 252)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
Get more information 


Law and Public Policy Major (12 courses)

Courses may be listed in more than one area below. However, no course will count more than once in the major. It is strongly recommended that students take SPEA-V 220 as the first course for this major.

The following two courses:

  • SPEA-V 339 Legal History and Public Policy (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3cr)

One course from the following:

  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

Two courses from the following:

  • SPEA-V 450 courses offered by the Maurer Law School faculty (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

At least two of the following three courses (if students take all three of the following courses, they need only take four rather than five courses from the next section):

  • SPEA-V 246 Elements of Government and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycle (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 361 Financial Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 246 or BUS-A 201)
  • SPEA-V 401 Financial and Cost-Benefit Analysis (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 361)

Five courses from the following (unless students take all three courses from the preceding section) at least four of the five must be SPEA courses:

  • SPEA-E 324 Controversies in Environmental Health (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 476 Environmental Law and Regulation (3cr)
  • SPEA-H 341 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 275 Introduction to Emergency Management (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 456 Topics in Public Law (3cr) (repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 476 Compensation Strategy and Systems (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 477 Strategic Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 479 Employee Recruitment and Selection (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • AAAD-A 481 Racism and the Law (3cr)
  • ANTH-E 475 Law and Culture (3cr)
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
    •    OR BUS-L 203 Commercial Law I (3cr) (discontinued)
  • BUS-L 302 Sustainability Law and Policy (3cr)
  • BUS-L 303 Commercial Law II (3cr)
  • BUS-L 406 Employment Problems and the Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 371 Criminal Procedure (3cr)
  • CLAS-C 308 Roman Law (3cr) (R: CLAS-C 102)
  • SPH-R 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3cr)
  • MSCH-J 300 Communications Law (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
  • MSCH-J 407 Newsgathering and the Law (3cr) (P: JOUR-J 300 and junior/senior standing or consent of instructor)
  • PHIL-P 375 Philosophy of Law (3cr) (P: three credit hours of philosophy)
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 367 International Law (3cr)
  • SOC-S 326 Law and Society (3cr) (P: three credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor)
  • MSCH-L 424 Telecommunications and the Constitution (3cr) (P: One of MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, Tel-T 205 or TEL-T 207 with a C- or higher, or consent of instructor)

Electives

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your electives.

2014-2015 SPEA Bulletin

All your degree requirements are based on the semester and year you entered IU Bloomington. If you became an IU Bloomington student either Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 you are in the right place!

General Education: select the appropriate academic year (2013-2014) in the "Courses Approved for:" section.

SPEA Preparation

Communication (6cr)

  • Professional Writing – One course from:
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • BUS-C 204 Business Communications (3cr) (P: English comp with grade C or better, and second-year standing)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)
  • Oral Communication – One course from:
    • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
    • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3cr)
    • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3cr)
    • CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3cr) (changed to COLL-P 155)
    • CMCL-C 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr) (changed to ANTH-A 122)
    • CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (3cr) (discontinued)
    • CMCL-C 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr) (changed to ENG-R 228)
    • CMCL-C 229 Ways of Speaking (3cr) (changed to ANTH-L 208)
    • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3cr)
    • ENG-R 228: Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr)
    • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3cr)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)

Quantitative (12cr)

  • Computer – One course from:
    • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3cr)
    • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3cr)
    • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3cr) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014)
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4cr) (P: Two years high school math or MATH-M 014)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr) (P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3cr) (P: ECON-E 201)

American Government Foundations (3cr)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr)

BSPA Core

  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr)
    • OR SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Experiential Learning Requirement

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2cr)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1cr) (P: SPEA-V 252)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
Get more information

Law and Public Policy Major (12 courses)

Courses may be listed in more than one area below. However, no course will count more than once in the major. It is strongly recommended that students take SPEA-V 220 as the first course for this major.

The following two courses:

  • SPEA-V 339 Legal History and Public Policy (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3cr)

One course from the following:

  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

Two courses from the following:

  • SPEA-V 450 courses offered by the Maurer Law School faculty (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

At least two of the following three courses (if students take all three of the following courses, they need only take four rather than five courses from the next section):

  • SPEA-V 246 Elements of Government and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycle (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 361 Financial Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 246 or BUS-A 201)
  • SPEA-V 401 Financial and Cost-Benefit Analysis (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 361)

Five courses from the following (unless students take all three courses from the preceding section); at least four of the five must be SPEA courses:

  • SPEA-E 476 Environmental Law and Regulation (3cr)
  • SPEA-H 341 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 456 Topics in Public Law (3cr) (repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resource Management (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • AAAD-A 481 Racism and the Law (3cr)
  • ANTH-E 475 Law and Culture (3cr)
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
    •    OR BUS-L 203 Commercial Law I (3cr) (discontinued)
  • BUS-L 302 Sustainability Law and Policy (3cr)
  • BUS-L 303 Commercial Law II (3cr)
  • BUS-L 406 Employment Problems and the Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 371 Criminal Procedure (3cr)
  • CLAS-C 308 Roman Law (3cr) (R: CLAS-C 102)
  • SPH-R 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3cr)
  • MSCH-J 300 Communications Law (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
  • MSCH-J 407 Newsgathering and the Law (3cr) (P: JOUR-J 300 and junior/senior standing or consent of instructor)
  • PHIL-P 375 Philosophy of Law (3cr) (P: three credit hours of philosophy)
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 367 International Law (3cr)
  • SOC-S 326 Law and Society (3cr) (P: three credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor)
  • MSCH-L 424 Telecommunications and the Constitution (3cr) (P: One of MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, Tel-T 205 or TEL-T 207 with a C- or higher, or consent of instructor)

Electives

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your electives.

2013-2014 SPEA Bulletin

All your degree requirements are based on the semester and year you entered IU Bloomington. If you became an IU Bloomington student either Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 you are in the right place!

General Education: select the appropriate academic year (2012-2013) in the "Courses Approved for:" section.

SPEA Preparation

Communication (6cr)

  • Professional Writing – One course from:
    • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing (3cr) (P: English comp)
    • BUS-C 204 Business Communications (3cr) (P: English comp with grade C or better, and second-year standing)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)
  • Oral Communication – One course from:
    • ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
    • ANTH-L 208 Ways of Speaking (3cr)
    • BUS-C 104 Business Presentations (3cr)
    • CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3cr) (changed to COLL-P 155)
    • CMCL-C 122 Interpersonal Communication (3cr) (changed to ANTH-A 122)
    • CMCL-C 205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (3cr) (discontinued)
    • CMCL-C 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr) (changed to ENG-R 228)
    • CMCL-C 229 Ways of Speaking (3cr) (changed to ANTH-L 208)
    • COLL-P 155 Public Oral Communication (3cr)
    • ENG-R 228: Argumentation and Public Advocacy (3cr)
    • THTR-T 120 Acting I: Foundations of Acting (3cr)
    • SPEA equivalent (3cr)

Quantitative (12cr)

  • Computer – One course from:
    • SPEA-V 261 Computers in Public Affairs (3cr)
    • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3cr)
    • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3cr) (P: One year high school algebra or MATH-M 014)
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4cr) (P: Two years high school math or MATH-M 014)
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3cr) (P: MATH-M 014 or equivalent; R: MATH-M 118)
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3cr) (P: ECON-E 201)

American Government Foundations (3cr)

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3cr)

BSPA Core

  • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 220 Law and Public Affairs (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3cr)
  • SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3cr)
    • OR SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Experiential Learning Requirement

  • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning (2cr)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
  • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience (1cr) (P: SPEA-V 252)
    • OR exemption (consult SPEA advisor)
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Legal Studies Major (10 courses)

Note: Courses may be listed in more than one area below. However, no course will count more than once in the major.

The following two courses:

  • SPEA-V 377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3cr)

One course from the following:

  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)

Three courses from the following:

  • SPEA-V 221 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 340 Urban Government Administration (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 373 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 378 Policy Processes in the United States (3cr) (P: senior standing)
  • SPEA-V 412 Leadership and Ethics (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 432 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 373)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 456 Topics in Public Law (3cr) (repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 460 Intergovernmental Relations (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 461 Computer Applications in Public Affairs (3cr) (P: BUS-K 201)
  • SPEA-V 475 Database Management Systems (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 261, V 369, or equivalent)
  • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs (0-15cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)

Four courses from the following; three must be SPEA courses:

  • SPEA-E 476 Environmental Law and Regulation (3cr)
  • SPEA-H 341 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process (3cr)
  • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations (3cr) (P: SPEA-V 220)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3cr) (approved topics only; consult SPEA advisor; repeatable with different topics)
  • SPEA-V 456 Topics in Public Law (3cr) (repeatable with different topics)
  • AAAD-A 481 Racism and the Law (3cr)
  • ANTH-E 475 Law and Culture (3cr)
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
    •   OR BUS-L 203 Commercial Law I (3cr) (discontinued)
  • BUS-L 303 Commercial Law II (3cr)
  • BUS-L 406 Employment Problems and the Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law (3cr)
  • CJUS-P 371 Criminal Procedure (3cr)
  • CLAS-C 308 Roman Law (3cr) (R: CLAS-C 102)
  • SPH-R 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3cr)
  • MSCH-J 300 Communications Law (3cr) (P: sophomore standing)
  • MSCH-J 407 Newsgathering and the Law (3cr) (P: JOUR-J 300 and junior/senior standing or consent of instructor)
  • PHIL-P 375 Philosophy of Law (3cr) (P: three credit hours of philosophy)
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 367 International Law (3cr)
  • SOC-S 326 Law and Society (3cr) (P: three credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor)
  • MSCH-L 424 Telecommunications and the Constitution (3cr) (P: One of MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, Tel-T 205 or TEL-T 207 with a C- or higher, or consent of instructor)

Electives

Electives are courses that do not meet general education or major requirements, and may be used to fulfill the remainder of the 120 credit hours required for this degree. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss your electives.

2012-2013 SPEA Bulletin

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