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Four Year Plan

SSHS: Law and Society (B.A.)


Convener: Faculty:
Jillian Todd Weiss Mark Guralnick
Aaron Lorenz
Mark Howenstein
Dominique Johnson
Marta Vides Saade


About the Major

The Law and Society program is a broad-based interdisciplinary major that is rooted deeply in the liberal arts.  The major spans the humanities and the social sciences, incorporating the insights and methodologies of such disciplines as:  anthropology, criminology, economics, history, gender studies, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and comparative studies.  The program is broader than the study of criminal justice, which is but one aspect of the major. The major offers students the opportunity to explore the ways in which law intersects with its larger social, historical, political and economic world. Throughout the major, students develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary contexts for the study of law, and an appreciation of how various theories of jurisprudence have molded and continue to mold our understanding of law.  Students also gain an appreciation for the complex ways that social issues interface with the law, and how biases about race, class, gender, nationality, ethnicity and other forms of inequality may influence how the law is created, interpreted and implemented.  This major fosters a comprehensive understanding of the American legal system, its place within the larger context of comparative legal traditions, and its role in the international legal realm.

Introduction to Law and Justice and Introduction to Law and Society are prerequisites to all further study in the major. 

The Law and Society major emphasizes analytical and critical thinking through effective oral and written presentation.  It also fosters experiential and life-long learning through its capstone requirements of fieldwork and the composition of a Law and Society thesis.  It thus provides a solid foundation for many professional and non-professional careers – including the practice of law, law enforcement, public service, health care, social services and legal administration.  The major is not intentionally designed to be either a pre-law or pre-law enforcement degree, although many of its graduates do enter into these two careers each year.  A pre-law or pre-law enforcement degree is not a requirement for these careers.

The major is offered by the School of Social Science and Human Services and leads to a B.A. degree.  A minor is not available.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMAN SERVICES REQUIREMENTS
SOSC 101 SOCIAL ISSUES
SOSC 235 HISTORY OF SOCIAL THOUGHT
SELECT ONE Sustainability course from the following:
ENSC 325 BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION
ENSC 327 ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE
ENST 207 PUBLIC POLICY
ENST 209 WORLD SUSTAINABILITY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
ENST 312 ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ENST 313 APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY
ENST 335 ECOLOGY, SOCIETY, AND THE SACRED
ENST 338 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
ENST 390 TOPICS:
GEOG 303 WATER RESOURCES
GEOG 304 FOREST RESOURCES
PSYC 343 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCI 235 COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 309 FOOD AND POPULATION
LAW AND SOCIETY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Introductory
LAWS 121 INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND JUSTICE
LAWS 131 INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND SOCIETY
 
Core courses
LAWS 201 COMPARATIVE LEGAL SYSTEMS
LAWS 251 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND THE LAW
LAWS 233 AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY
SELECT ONE Critical Process Course
LAWS 353 LEGAL RHETORIC
SOCI 307 SOCIAL RESEARCH WITH COMPUTERS
PHIL 226 CRITICAL THINKING
 
Upper level course requirements:
LAWS 321 FIELD STUDIES: LAW AND SOCIETY
LAWS 421 DIRECTED READINGS: LAW AND SOCIETY
LAWS 431 THESIS SUPERVISION: LAW AND SOCIETY
 
Select Three courses from Law and Society Electives list* below:
ANTH 210 LEGAL ANTHROPOLOGY
BADM 223 BUSINESS LAW I
BADM 224 BUSINESS LAW II
ENST 326 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
HIST 272 ANCIENT LAW
HIST 273 MEDIEVAL LAW AND SOCIETY
HIST 387 HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
LAWS 202 FAMOUS TRIALS
LAWS 203 AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
LAWS 206 COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN RIGHTS
LAWS 212 ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
LAWS 213 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN POLICING
LAWS 214 DISABILITY LAW & SOCIETY
LAWS 215 MOOT COURT
LAWS 224 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
LAWS 228 CRIMINAL LAW
LAWS 310 LAW AND THE ELDERLY
LAWS 324 FAMILY LAW
LAWS 332 PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW
LAWS 334 JUVENILE JUSTICE
LAWS 340 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
LAWS 341 WOMEN AND THE LAW
LAWS 346 VICTIMS AND THE LAW
LAWS 337 CRIMINAL COURT PROCESS
LAWS 351 CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES
LAWS 390 TOPICS:
PHIL 333 ETHICS
POLI 206 POLITICAL THEORY
POLI 223 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
POLI 308 CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
POLI 321 SUPREME COURT AND HUMAN FREEDOM
POLI 357 INTERNATIONAL LAW
POLI 360 CONFLICT RESOLUTION
SOSC 219 DYNAMICS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
SOCI 215 SOCIOLOGY OF RACE RELATIONS
SOCI 245 CRIMINOLOGY
SOCI 328 SOCIOLOGY OF COMMUNITY

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.



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