Law and society is an interdisciplinary field that examines how law works in practice in public administration, courts, the non-profit sector, policy, policing, and the justice system. A degree in law and society provides a strong background in how law works in practice. Students learn about legal history and legal policy, how law shapes managerial processes, how it shapes government and the system of justice, and how it affects ordinary people in every walk of life.
Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internship and academic research opportunities. Upon graduating, students with this degree may pursue work in a variety of settings, including criminal justice organizations, non-profits, policy think tanks, and political institutions. There’s significant demand for this type of degree among the region’s police departments.
Courses in the major will examine legal policy, legal institutions, social movements, psychological attitudes and perceptions, managerial processes, social structures, and legal history, with a focus on the role of legal norms and structures in historical developments, current social and political processes, and comparative similarities and differences among societies.
B.A. or B.G.S. in Law & Society
|Core Courses (15)|
|LWS 330||Introduction to Law & Society||3|
|LWS 332||Methods in Law and Society||3|
|LWS 333||The Pursuit of Rights: Law, Democracy & Power||3|
|LWS 643||Theoretical Foundations of Law and Society||3|
|LWS 699||Capstone in Law and Society||3|
|Complete 5 courses from the following:|
|The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation|
|Legal Issues and the African American|
|African American Urban Community and Class in the Midwest|
|Global Ethnic and Racial Relations|
|The Civil Rights Movement|
|History of the Black Power Movement|
|Independent Living and People with Disabilities|
|Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Applied Behavioral Science|
|Border Patrolled States|
|American Racial and Ethnic Relations|
|Gender, Culture, and Migration|
|Legal Aspects of Business|
|Topics in Public Administration: _____|
|Stereotyping and Prejudice Across Cultures|
|Psychology and Social Issues|
|Introduction to Public Administration|
|Hard Choices in Public Administration: _____|
|Conducting the People's Business Ethically|
|Metropolitics and Macroproblems: The American City in Local and Global Context|
|Crime and Punishment|
|Diversity in Public Administration|
|Concepts of Civil Society|
|Public Service Leadership|
|Principles of Sociology|
|Principles of Social Problems|
|Sociology of Deviance|
|Gender, Sexuality and the Law|
|Politics of Reproductive Policy|
|Gender, War, and Peace|
Major Hours & Major GPA
While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.
Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.
Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.
Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.