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Legal Studies

Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

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. 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 receive a grade of C or higher in each course that counts toward the major.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

Core Courses

24 credits

  • ISPOSC 210 US Politics
  • POSC 218 Lawmaking and Politics
  • IHPHIL 100 Logical Argumentation
  • POSC 316 Constitutional Law

Select one of the following two courses:

  • POSC 319 National Security Law
  • POSC 324 International Law

Select one of the following two courses:

  • IHCOMM 171 Public Speaking
  • IHPHIL 220 Ethics


12 credits

Students must select three additional courses (or courses totaling 12 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
  • COMM 385 Digital Communication Law and Ethics
  • HIST 361 The American Revolution
  • MGT 350 Business Law
  • PHIL 360 Philosophy of Law
  • POSC 319 National Security Law
  • POSC 324 International Law
  • SOC 372 Law and Justice in Society
  • PSYC 467 Human Behavior and the Legal System

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level