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Interdisciplinary Concentration in Law and Society

Program Planners

The interdisciplinary concentration in Law and Society would be attractive to students exploring the possibility of going to law school, but also to students interested in law, but not planning to attend law school.

The Logic/Critical Thinking component of the concentration will be particularly useful to students planning to attend law school because it should help them negotiate the Law School Aptitude Test. But this component is also generally useful to students in developing the reasoning and analytical skills essential to writing clearly and speaking persuasively.
The Humanities Perspectives provide the ethical and philosophical foundation for the study of law, while the social perspectives allow students to view law in historical, social and economic context. Finally, the law courses give students an opportunity to examine one or more substantive areas of the law.

Taken together, the four main components of the Law and Society concentration form a coherent approach to the study of law, and will provide students with an interesting, integrated College Core experience.

Faculty Sponsors

Coordinator:  T. Dumas (Political Science)

Sponsors: N. Lasher (Business), M. Leigey (Criminology), R. McGreevey (History), T. Mahoney (General Counsel), A. Massenburg (Director of Compliance and Privacy Officer), K. Michels (Business), S. Monseau (Business), M. Roberts (Philosophy, Religion and Classical Studies)


Arts and Humanities (three from the following)

  • Logic/Critical Thinking Requirement (one course)
    • PHL 120/Introduction to Logic *
    • PHL 220/Metalogic (prerequisite: PHL 120 or permission of instructor)
  • Humanities Perspectives on Law (two courses)
    • LIT 370/Global Words on Terrorism *
    • MGT 385/Business Ethics (prerequisite: at least sophomore standing)
    • PHL 135/Contemporary Moral Issues *
    • PHL 240/Political Philosophy (prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of instructor), or POL 270 Western Political Philosophy *
    • PHL 255/Biomedical Ethics (prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of instructor)
    • PHL 275/Philosophy of Law (prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of instructor)
    • PHL 375/Law and Ethics (prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of instructor)
    • BUS/MGT 385/Business Ethics *

Sciences and History (three from the following)

  • Social Perspectives on Law (one or two of the following)
    • CRI 201/Judicature *
    • CRI 352/Advanced Criminology: Race & Crime*
    • ECO 365/Economics of the Law (prerequisite: ECO 101)
    • HIS 366/Origins of the U.S. Constitutions * (or POL 365/Origins of the U.S. Constitution if, and only if, it is cross-listed with HIS 366) *
    • INT 300/Human Rights in International Relations; cross listed as POL 345 *
    • NUR 300/Legal Challenges in Heath Care *
    • POL 320/Law and Society *
  • Law Courses (one or two courses; must be outside of the student’s major department)
    • POL 220/Judicial Politics & Processes *
    • POL 321/ Constitutional Law I: Institutions and Powers *
    • POL 322/ Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties *
    • POL 337/International Law *
    • POL 345 Human Rights in Intl Relations (cross-listed with INT 300) *
    • POL 365 Origins of the U.S. Constitution (cross-listed with HIS 366) *
    • CRI 301/Criminal Law and Procedure *
    • BUS 200/Legal and Regulatory Environment *
    • BUS 300/Business Law (prerequisite: BUS 200)
    • BUS 325/Employment Law (sophomore standing required)
    • BUS 360/Issues in International Business Law *
    • BUS 380/Law, Technology and the Future of Business *

*Courses without prerequisites.

In addition to courses required by this concentration, a student must complete one approved course in quantitative reasoning and one approved course in laboratory science to satisfy breadth requirements in college core. Students should consult their major or open option advisors about how best to complete other college core requirements.

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