Law, Justice, and Society | BA
The Law, Justice, and Society (LJS) Program offers an interdisciplinary study of law that incorporates several disciplines in the social sciences, including Criminal Justice, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The LJS program is particularly interdisciplinary as the faculty hold graduate degrees in the fields of Education, Law, Political Science, and Psychology. The major allows students (with faculty guidance) to customize it to suit their particular needs and interests. Faculty employ an array of active learning techniques to further enhance the student experience. such as debates, presentations, mock trials, and simulations.
The LJS Program examines the interrelatedness of law, society, and politics with an overarching concern for justice. The program’s objectives are fully consistent with the skills and knowledge that the American Bar Foundation has recommended for success in law school and provides a strong foundation for students whether you are headed to law school, graduate school in the social sciences, or a career in advocacy, business, communication, criminal justice, education, government, human relations, journalism, law, law enforcement, nonprofit and/or international organizations, politics, public administration, social service, and other public service.
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|Law, Justice and Society Major Requirements|
|Course Number||Course Name||Semester Completed|
|LJS 100||Introduction to Law||Year 1 – Fall|
|PSC 151||Contemporary Politics and Culture – from WWII to 9/11||Year 1 – Spring|
|PSC 231||American Government||Year 2 – Fall|
|LJS 200||Introduction to Conflict Resolution||Year 2 – Fall|
|PSC 201||Introduction to Politics||Year 2 – Spring|
|LJS 255||Philosophy of Law||Year 2 – Spring|
|LJS 322||Law, Justice and Society||Year 3 – Fall|
|LJS 300||What is Justice||Year 3 – Spring|
|LJS 490||Senior Seminar in Law, Justice and Society||Year 4|
|Politics Cluster (take one or more)||
LJS 211 Global Studies through Film
PSC 307 American Foreign Policy
PSC 320 International Relations
PSC 330 Politics of Terrorism
PSC 390 Post Conflict Justice
|Year 3 or 4|
|Justice Cluster (take one or more)||
LJS/CRJ 309 Genocide Studies
LJS/CRJ 321 Gender, Crime, and Justice
LJS/CRJ 323 Race and Justice
LJS 307 Contemporary Issues in Law, Justice and Society
LJS 444 Law, Social Science and Social Issues Seminar
LJS 3/2xx Environmental Justice
|Year 3 or 4|
|Law Cluster (take one or more)||
CRJ 210 Constitutional Law
CRJ 212 Criminal Law
LJS 250 American Legal History
LJS 302 Trial Practice
LJS 310 Juvenile Law
|Year 3 or 4|
|Open electives||LJS 499 Internship||Year 4|
- CURRICULUM MAP FOR LAW, JUSTICE AND SOCIETY MAJORS:
|Freshman||LJS 100 – Introduction to Law||PSC 151 – Contemporary Politics and Culture|
PSC 231 – Introduction to American Government
LJS 200 – Introduction to Conflict Resolution
LJS 255 – Philosophy of Law
PSC 201 – Introduction to Politics
LJS 322 – Law, Justice and Society;
LJS 300 – What is Justice?
Washington Center Internship Program or
LJS 499 Internship (recommended)
LJS 490 – Senior Seminar in Law, Justice and Society
Two upper-level electives
- To develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of various theoretical and empirical perspectives on law, legal and political change, and the relationship between law, politics, and society.
- To demonstrate understanding of the development of law, politics, and society in the United States and the world with an appreciation of the increasing interdependence of countries and international institutions.
- To develop your critical thinking and written and oral communication skills to be able to express informed opinions and sustained arguments about issues in law, equality and justice, and to meaningfully engage in dialogue with others of differing perspectives to develop a synthesis and resolution of those divergent perspectives.
- To initiate, develop, and present independent research addressing and analyzing the relationship between law, politics, and society.