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 330Introduction to Law & Society3
LWS 332Methods in Law and Society3
LWS 333The Pursuit of Rights: Law, Democracy & Power3
LWS 643Theoretical Foundations of Law and Society3
LWS 699Capstone in Law and Society3
Electives (0)
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:

Major Hours
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.

A sample 4-year plan for the BA degree in Law and Society is available by using the left-side navigation, or by clicking here.

A sample 4-year plan for the BGS degree in Law and Society is available by using the left-side navigation, or by clicking here.