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Law and Society (B.S.)

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The Bachelor of Science in Law and Society involves students in the interdisciplinary study of law, criminal justice, and psychology, with a focus on understanding the relationship between law and human behavior and the role of  law in society. The major is designed to give students an understanding of the interaction of law and legal institutions with social, economic and political systems. The program combines academic study with experiential learning  opportunities to help the student make the transition from liberal inquiry to professional application. It is a program for students who are looking to use their education to “make a difference” to others, in their communities and in  the world.

Each student in Law and Society completes a core curriculum comprised of cross-disciplinary courses, an internship, an ethics course, and a culminating capstone experience. Coursework and internships help students focus their  interests and make career choices more evident, and this permits them to select coursework that best prepares them for their field of choice. As part of the major, students select an emphasis within the Law and Society major  based on their career goals. The emphasis is self-designed by the student, with advisement, and is completed through five courses, often from multiple disciplines.

Recommended:  Students in the Criminal Justice and Psychology pathways should complete a Statistics course to fulfill the LIFE general education requirement for mathematics.

Program Requirements

Law and Society Core: 40 Credits

Pathways: 18 Credits

Choose one pathway below. Pathway courses are separate from courses required in the Core.

Criminal Justice



  • Complete three 100- or 200-level courses in PSY
  • Complete two 300- or 400-level courses in PSY
  • (PSY 202 Human Development and PSY 308 Abnormal Psychology highly recommended for psychology pathway students)


  • SCL 350 - Research for the Professions

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

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