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Legal Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Students earn 36 credits by taking a combination of courses intended to develop skills necessary for understanding law and its role in society. In addition to learning how to read and interpret legal statutes and rulings, students will be exposed to logical argumentation, public speaking, and ethics, all skills that will help with application and study in graduate law programs. The major will help to develop critical thinking skills and will address the role of law in a variety of policy areas. Although it is not required, students who major in Legal Studies are encouraged to choose a second major or minor after consulting with their advisors.

Students pursuing a major in legal studies must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major in order to graduate.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

36 credits

Core Courses

20 credits

IHPHIL 100 Logical Argumentation
ISPOSC 210 US Politics
ISPOSC 318 Law and Policy
POSC 316 Constitutional Law

Select one of the following three courses:

  • IHCOMM 171 Public Speaking
  • IHPHIL 220 Ethics
  • POSC 250 Political Writing and Research


16 credits

Students must select four additional courses (or courses totaling 16 credits) from the following electives. Students should be aware that some of the courses listed below have prerequisites that must be met or waived by the instructor of record before they can register for the course.

  • CJS 330 Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CJS 467/PSYC 467 Human Behavior and the Legal System
  • IHCOMM 171 Public Speaking
  • COMM 385 Digital Communication Law and Ethics
  • ENST 304 Environmental Law & Regulation
  • HGS 382 Transitional Justice
  • HIST 361 The American Revolution
  • IHPHIL 220 Ethics
  • PHIL 360 Philosophy of Law
  • POSC 250 Political Writing and Research
  • POSC 324 International Law
  • SOC 372 Law and Justice in Society

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level