Government and Legal Studies

The government and legal studies degree is specially designed to prepare you for work in the state, county or local government arena. This unique curriculum provides you with essential skills and knowledge to hold successful entry-level positions in a wide variety of government offices.

Working for and with the public is a rewarding career with significant opportunities for advancement. Government positions are highly sought after in the State of Ohio due to excellent employment benefits and generous retirement packages.

This one-of-a-kind program will culminate in an intensive internship experience in your home city or county government offices.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

  • Student Success Seminar
    Editing, Proofreading, and Language Skills
    Introduction to Law and the Legal System
    Political Science
    College Composition
    Cultural Diversity
    Records Management
    Effective Speaking
    Government and Legal Ethics
    Computer Applications for Professionals
    General Psychology
    Spreadsheet Microsoft Excel
    Business Communication
    Public Policy
    State and Local Government
    Statistics or Explorations in Modern Mathematics
    Legal Research and Writing
    Science, Energy, and the Environment
    Small Group Communication
    Government and Legal Studies
    Practicum and Seminar
    Industrial and Organizational Psychology

TOTAL CREDITS 62

  • Associate of applied science in government and legal studies

Work in civil service, including positions in government offices, such as the board of elections, county and municipal courts, the local health department, the county housing department, auditor’s office or the zoning department.

  • state or local government employee

The national job projections for state and local government jobs will increase by 3-5 percent through 2024. In addition, workers in office and administrative support positions overall show a 10 percent increase in jobs during the current decade, including law-related positions.

*U.S. BLS

Nationally, the median annual salary for office and administrative support workers is $32,520.* According to the Canton City Clerk of Courts, workers locally currently receive 13-$20 per hour.

*US BLS, 2014

  • Criminal Justice Student Association
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Ambassadors Program