2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 27, 2020  
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Legal Studies Major

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(39 semester hours)

Virtually all law schools require their applicants to have an undergraduate college or university degree. Although they do not prescribe a particular curriculum or particular courses, they do recommend broad and thorough intellectual preparation in the liberal arts. The Department of Political Science, therefore, provides a flexible, interdepartmental legal studies major, which can be tailored to fit the needs of individual students in consulta-tion with the legal studies advisor.

Other Core Requirements (6 hours):

  • COMM 356 3-hrs

Capstone Course (3 hours):


Choose from the following approved electives:

  • ECON 403 3-hrs
  • ECON 451 3-hrs
  • IS 390 3-hrs
  • JOURNALISM 460 3-hrs.


No more than two courses from a given area can count towards legal studies elective credit. Students should select their electives so that they supplement their core courses. Students may want to use these electives to build a curriculum that emphasizes a particular substantive area of the law (business, criminal, constitutional, or international), or students may want to select courses that refine and hone particular skills that will help them be successful in law school (accounting and philosophy). Students  may petition to have a course not recognized above count as an elective.

Courses in African and African American studies, business, communication, criminology, economics, English, history, inter-  national studies, journalism, philosophy, psychology, sociology  and women’s studies would complement the legal studies curriculum. These areas would be ideal as second majors and/or asminors.

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