Department of History and Political Science
Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies
Tricia Nelson, Chair
As a major in Paralegal Studies, you’ll take courses in topics such as:
- Introduction to law
- Civil litigation
- Wills and estates
- Family law
- Legal research and writing
The program focuses on training students to work under the supervision of an attorney. As a paralegal — also known as a legal assistant — you will not be licensed to practice law; instead, you’ll provide assistance to an attorney and aid with serving clients more efficiently and effectively. The curriculum seeks to teach students about legal ethics, introduce them to major areas of law, train them to draft legal documents and perform legal research, expose them to state and federal court systems and procedures, and qualify them for beginning assignments as a paralegal. Graduates will find employment opportunities with private law firms, government agencies and corporate legal departments.
The MC Experience
The Department of History and Political Science at Mississippi College strives to inspire our students to greater intellectual curiosity and stronger commitment to Christian and democratic ideals. Students explore the historical progress of civilization and the diverse philosophies of government. In so doing, they build their skills in critical thinking and their knowledge about the world we inhabit. Faculty members are accomplished teachers, having received several prestigious teaching awards. They’re also productive scholars, remaining active in professional organizations, publishing historical writing and research, and attending professional conferences to present research to their peers.
How You’ll Learn
The Department of History and Political Science offers a diverse selection of courses, ranging from paralegal studies to homeland security, giving students the option to build a comprehensive and varied knowledge base.
Paralegal Studies students intern at law offices, corporate legal departments and government agencies, working under the supervision of attorneys to develop their skills. When they graduate, the Career Services Office offers help with job placement.
What You’ll Do
Participate in Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society that seeks to improve scholarship in the social studies and achieve synthesis between its various disciplines.
Where You’ll Go
Graduates of the Department of History and Political Science have been employed by Bellsouth, the Hinds County DA Office, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, the State of Mississippi, the State of Tennessee, the Supreme Court of Georgia, US Army JAG Corps, the US Navy, and private law firms.