Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a sociological and cultural understanding of law. Although we typically think of law as an abstract set of rules primarily of concern to courts, legal professionals, or criminalized individuals, socio-legal perspectives draw attention to how much the law influences our daily lives, interpersonal interactions, and identities. Examining the law sociologically also highlights how significantly legal reforms shape our understanding of social issues and perceptions of justice and injustice.
Drawing on a broad range of disciplines in both the social sciences and humanities, the Legal Studies program offers students a comprehensive foundation in the theoretical frameworks and methodologies required to conduct socio-legal research and critically evaluate the effects of law and policy in our social world. The courses taken for the degree also expose students to a wide range of topics and social phenomena. The expertise of our faculty members allows students to explore a variety of issues, including, surveillance, policing, juvenile offending, violence against women, punishment, and social justice.
Once you meet the requirements for the plans below, you need to fill out and email a plan modification to the Undergraduate Coordinator and Advisor. If you qualify for the requested plan, it will appear on your Quest account a few business days after it has been approved.
Plan checklists are available to help you keep track of your requirements.
Please see the Legal Studies plan requirements below.
We offer a wide variety of undergraduate Legal Studies courses, with topics on:
- Minority groups
- Criminal justice system
- Organized crime
- Trafficking and financial crime
- Government and politics
- Conflict resolution
- Human rights
- Interdisciplinary studies (history, psychology, business, philosophy, etc.
Legal Studies majors develop many in-demand skills such as:
- problem-solving skills
- research skills
- critical-thinking skills
- both written and oral communication skills
- global awareness
Over the years, our Legal Studies graduates have been successful in pursuing careers in the following areas, just to name a few:
- government department
- legal professions
- universities and community colleges
- non-profit organizations
- high-tech companies
You can also visit our Alumni profiles page to read more about what a major in Legal Studies can do for you!