Legal Studies Program

Program Overview

The Legal Studies Program is an undergraduate major in the College of Letters and Sciences. The program’s mission is to provide a liberal education across traditional disciplines, focusing on the theory and operation of law and legal institutions. The courses in the Legal Studies major expose students to the many facets of law as a social phenomenon – its evolution, function, motivating ideas and effects. The major is not intended as preparation for law school because the emphasis is on exploring broadly defined questions about law from a variety of perspectives, rather than on training for the profession. The Legal Studies major is, however, suitable for pre-law students.

The curriculum is designed around the following five themes: Legal Institutions, Processes of Legal Order and Disorder, Law and Social Forces, Law and Culture, and Law and Theory.

Courses

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Spring 2021 Courses

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Major and Certificate overview

Gateway Courses

Legal St/Soc 131: Criminal Justice in America
Legal St/Poli Sci 217: Law, Politics and Society

Methods Courses (Statistics and Research Design)

Statistics (one course from this listing)

Economics 310: Statistics: Measurement in Economics
General Business 306: Business Analytics
Psychology 210: Basic Stats for Psychology
Sociology 360: Statistics for Sociologists
Statistics 301: Introduction to Statistics
Statistics 371: Intro Applied Stats – Life Sciences

Research Design (one course from this listing)

Political Science 170: Research Methods
Psychology 225: Experimental Psychology
Sociology 357: Methods of Sociological Inquiry

Theme Group 1: Legal Institutions

ELPA 502: Law and Public Education
General Business 301: Business Law
General Business 302: Bus Orgs and Negotiable Instruments
History 201: History of Mass Confinement
Legal St/Hist 262: Amer Legal History 1860s to Pres
Legal Studies 444: Law in Action
Political Science 311: United States Congress
Political Science 401: Legal Writing
Political Science 412: The American Constitution II
Political Science 417: The American Judicial System
*Political Science 434: The Politics of Human Rights
Political Science 470: The First Amendment
Political Science 601: The Supreme Court

Theme Group 2: Process of Legal Order & Disorder

Legal Studies 694: Field Observation in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies (application and internship required)
Psych 526: The Criminal Mind: Forensic and Psychobiological Perspectives
Psych 601: Psych Juvenile Delinquency
Psych 601: Prisoner Re-Entry
Sociology 441: Criminology

Theme Group 3: Law & Social Forces

AfAm/Hist 625: Gender, Race and the Civil Rights Movement
Asian Am/Soc 320: Social Movements in the US (ethnic st and Comm B)
Environmental St 349: Climate Change Governance
*Jewish 431-001: Trials of the Holocaust (Intermediate Topics in Jewish History)
Legal Studies 400: Civil Rights
Legal Studies 400: Impacts of Social and Legal Issues on Health (application and placement hours required)
*Legal Studies 400: Law, Justice and Climate Change
Legal Studies 400: Protest, Policing, and Social Justice Movements
Legal Studies 400: Wrongful Convictions
Legal Studies 422: Women and the Law
*Legal Studies 425: Crime, Gender and Justice
Legal Studies 430: Law and Environment
Legal Studies 443: Immigration, Crime & Enforcement (ethnic studies)
*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism and Human Rights
Legal Studies 663: Cyber Law
Psych 601: Legal Psych: Crim & Civil Iss

Theme Group 4: Law & Culture

*English 174: Topic: Law and Literature
*LitTrans 324: Criminal Utopias

Theme Group 5: Law & Theory

Legal Studies 450: Jurisprudence and Social Issues
Philosophy 341: Contemporary Moral Issues (some sections are Comm B)

Core Perspectives

Legal Studies 262: Amer Legal History 1860s to Present
Legal Studies 400: Civil Rights
*Legal Studies 400: Law, Justice and Climate Change
Legal Studies 400: Protest, Policing, and Social Justice Movements
Legal Studies 400: Wrongful Convictions
Legal Studies 422: Women and the Law
*Legal Studies 425: Crime, Gender and Justice
Legal Studies 430: Law and Environment
Legal Studies 443: Immigration, Crime & Enforcement (ethnic studies)
*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism and Human Rights
Legal Studies 450: Jurisprudence and Social Issues

*Meets requirement that at least two courses in the major must have substantial content dealing with countries or cultures other than the United States.

Summer 2021 Courses

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Major and Certificate overview

Gateway Course
Legal St/Soc 131: Criminal Justice in America

Statistics

Economics 310: Statistics: Measurement in Economics

General Business 306: Business Analytics

Psychology 210: Basic Stats for Psychology

Sociology 360: Statistics for Sociologists

Statistics 301: Introduction to Statistics

Statistics 371: Intro Applied Stats – Life Sciences

Research Methods

Political Science 170: Research Methods in Political Science

Psychology 225: Research Methods

Sociology 357: Methods of Sociological Inquiry

Theme Group 1: Legal Institutions

General Business 301: Business Law

General Business 302: Bus Orgs and Negotiable Instruments

*Political Science 439: The Comparative Study of Genocide

Political Science 470: The First Amendment

Theme Group 2: Process of Legal Order & Disorder

Communication Arts 371: Communication and Conflict Resolution

Legal Studies/Sociology 694: Criminal Justice Field Observation — [Application and concurrent internship required – Schedule appt with advisor if interested]

Theme Group 3: Law & Social Forces

Economics 522: Law and Economics

Legal St/GWS 422: Women and the Law

Theme Group 4: Law & Culture

*Asian 371: Villains and Victims (counts as Lit)

*History 201: Shanghai Life and Crime

Theme Group 5: Law & Theory

*Legal St/History 426: History of Punishment

*Legal St 450: The History of Prison

Philosophy 341: Contemporary Moral Issues

Core Perspectives

*Legal St/History 426: History of Punishment

*Legal St 450: The History of Prison

 

 

Fall 2021 Courses

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Major and Certificate overview

Gateway Courses

Legal Studies/Sociology 131: Criminal Justice in America
Legal Studies/Political Science 217: Law, Politics & Society

Statistics

Economics 310: Statistics: Measurement in Economics
General Business 306: Business Analytics
Psychology 210: Basic Stats for Psychology
Sociology 360: Statistics for Sociologists
Statistics 301: Introduction to Statistics
Statistics 371: Intro Applied Stats – Life Sciences

Research Design

Political Science 170: Research Methods in Political Science
Psychology 225: Experimental Psychology
Sociology 357: Methods of Sociological Inquiry

Theme Group 1: Legal Institutions

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 542: Law and Public Education
General Business 301: Business Law
General Business 302: Bus Orgs and Negotiable Instruments
Legal Studies/Hist 261: American Legal History to 1860
Legal Studies 444: Law in Action
*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism, & Human Rights
Legal Studies/Sociology 641: Sociology of Law
*Political Science 201: Law and Disorder in Russia
Political Science 311: US Congress
*Political Science 356: Principles of International Law
*Political Science 401: Global Politics of Policing
*Political Science 401: Global Governance
Political Science 408: The American Presidency
Political Science 411: The American Constitution I
Political Science 414: The Supreme Court as Political Institution
Political Science 419: Administrative Law
Political Science 470: The First Amendment
Sociology 320: Compiling Case Histories: Court Records Project

Theme Group 2: Process of Legal Order & Disorder

Legal Studies 694: Field Observation in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies (application required)
Psych 526: The Criminal Mind: Forensic and Psychobiological Perspectives
Sociology 421: Processes of Deviant Behavior
Sociology 441: Criminology
Sociology 446: Juvenile Delinquency

Theme Group 3: Law & Social Forces

AfAm 628: History of the Civil Rights Movement (ethnic st)
AfAm 671-002: Topic: Criminalizing Blackness (ethnic st)
Econ 522: Law and Economics
Envir St 349: Climate Change Governance
Envir St 439: US Environmental Policy and Regulation
History 275: Civil Rights and Queer History
*History 600: Gen, War Crimes, and Human Rights – 20th Century
*Inter-LS 106: Refugee Rights, Bordered World
*Legal Studies 203: Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics
Legal Studies 325: Wrongful Convictions
Legal Studies 400: Impacts on Health (application required – now filled)
*Legal Studies 400-027: Law, Sexuality & Society
*Legal Studies/Soc/GWS 425: Crime, Gender and Justice
Legal Studies 430: Law and Environment (Honors)
Legal Studies/Sociology 440: Ethnicity, Race, and Justice (ethnic st)
Psych 401: Psychology, Law and Social Policies
Psychology 601: Issues in Prisoner Re-entry
Sociology 220: Ethnic Movements in the U.S (Comm B and ethnic st)

Theme Group 4: Law & Culture

*English 174: Law and Literature
*History 500: Chinese Law and Society
Jewish St 432: Sexual Violence in the Bible
*Lit Trans 324: Criminal Utopias

Theme Group 5: Law & Theory

Legal Studies 407: Jurisprudence and Social Issues
Philosophy 341: Contemporary Moral Issues (some sections are Comm B)
Philosophy/Med Hist 565: Ethics of Modern Biotechnology

Core Perspectives

*Legal Studies 203: Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics
Legal Studies/History 261: American Legal History to 1860
Legal Studies 325: Wrongful Convictions
*Legal Studies 400-027: Law, Sexuality & Society
Legal Studies 407: Jurisprudence and Social Issues
*Legal Studies/Soc/GWS 425: Crime, Gender and Justice
Legal Studies/Sociology 440: Ethnicity, Race, and Justice(ethnic st)
*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism, & Human Rights

*Meets requirement that at least two courses in the major must have substantial content dealing with countries or cultures other than the United States.

Program Requirements

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