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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Law and Society

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (LAWSC): offered via World Campus

DIANA R. GRUENDLER, Faculty-in-Charge

The College of the Liberal Arts Law and Society program is an undergraduate major that provides a comprehensive liberal arts education across multiple disciplines. The program focuses on understanding how social, cultural, economic, and political forces treat the law within the context of historical and contemporary trends. Socio-legal theory will provide a framework for understanding the increasing importance of programs that accentuate the study of law, and legal institutions.

The Law and Society program has six prescribed classes. In addition, a student will complete five supporting courses that incorporate the student’s degree goals and can be tailored to his or her special interests. Students will consider the relationship between law, legal processes, human behavior, and legal and social institutions. The conventions of reading, argument, logic, and program solving will be used to explore issues.

Law and Society provides excellent preparation for higher schooling, such as law school or graduate study in sociology, criminology, or criminal justice. The major enhances career options in law enforcement, regulatory agencies, social service agencies, non-profit agencies, non-government agencies (NGO), and organizations that determine public policy. Law and Society also provides valuable knowledge for the small business owner.

For the B.A. degree in Law and Society, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12-15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in the ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selections)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in the ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selections, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 30-36 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 33-36 credits[1]
(This includes 12-15 Credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GH courses; 0-3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
HIST 020 GH;US(3), HIST 021 GH;US(3), L A 100S(3), PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 110 GS;US(3), PL SC 472(3) (Sem: 3-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-6 credits)
PHIL 010 GH(3) or PHIL 012 GQ(3); or PHIL 010 GH(3) and PHIL 012 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12-15 credits)
Select 12 credits from CAS 404(3), CRIM/SOC 467(3), L A 495(3), L A 496(3), LER 401(3), LER 458Y(3), PL SC 471(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 0-3 credits from CAS 321(3), CRIM 100 GS(3), CRIM 113 US(3), L ST 370(3), L A 295(3), L A 296(3), LER 201 GS(3), PHIL 105 GH(3) (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-06-071

Review Date: 04/09/2013

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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