Erik Larson, Co-Director
Patrick Schmidt, Co-Director
The Legal Studies program allows students to explore “law,” in all its meanings, through a variety of liberal arts perspectives. Instead of teaching law as a set of rules to learn, we look at the possibilities and limits of law in concept, in practice, in history, and around the world. The program features many challenging courses that draw students who simply find law a fascinating subject to explore, as well providing advising for those considering careers related to law.
Legal Studies Program
Structure of the Concentration
- With the assistance of a legal studies advisor from the legal studies steering committee, students will select six courses from those approved by the legal studies steering committee for their concentration in legal studies. Normally no more than two courses under the 400 level may be selected from any single department. It is vital to consult with an advisor affiliated with legal studies since the program offers a variety of special topics courses that count toward the concentration.
- One of the six required courses may be an internship related to the field of legal studies. This internship must be selected in consultation with the director or under the supervision of one of the affiliated faculty. Students must register for the internship through the department of the faculty member who supervises the internship.
ENGL 265 - Justice
HIST 248 - Jim Crow
INTL 114 - Introduction to International Studies: International Codes of Conduct
PHIL 121 - Ethics
PHIL 224 - Philosophy of Law
PHIL 225 - Ethics and the Internet
PHIL 321 - Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
POLI 206 - US Constitutional Law and Thought
POLI 207 - US Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POLI 212 - Rights and Wrongs: Litigation and Public Policy
POLI 301 - Law, Economy, and Identity
RUSS 270 - Wrongdoing in Russian Literature
SOCI 190 - Criminal Behavior/Social Control
SOCI 230 - Affirmative Action Policy
SOCI 280 - Indigenous Peoples' Movements in Global Context
SOCI 310 - Law and Society
SOCI 370 - Political Sociology