2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Major in Legal Studies (BA/BS)

69-72 credits

This major prepares students for careers as legal assistants or paralegals. It also provides a strong foundation in law-related courses for students who plan to work in the courts, the legislature or in legal departments of government and business.

Interdisciplinary major requirements

Common core, 36 credits

BL 367Principles of Estate Planning

3

POLS 130American National Government

3

POLS 141Introduction to Legal Studies

3

POLS 241Family Law

3

POLS 242Legal Research and Writing

3

POLS 243Litigation

3

POLS 320Tort Law

3

POLS 344Advanced Legal Research and Writing

3

POLS 445Advanced Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

Total Credit Hours:27

3 credits from

POLS 250Access to Justice in the Legal System

3

or

POLS 455Administrative Law

3

Total Credit Hours:3

3 credits from

POLS 479Practical Experience in Law

3

or

POLS 480Access to Justice Clinic

3

Total Credit Hours:3

3 credits from

POLS 342Problems in Public Policy

3

or

POLS 431Congress

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 36

Complete one concentration

Concentration 1: Public Law, 33 credits

ACC 201Principles of Accounting 1

3

BL 260Principles of Business Law

3

POLS 433The Judiciary

3

RMI 270Principles of Risk Management and Insurance

3

15 credits from

COMM 340Leadership Communication

3

COMM 385Rhetoric of Marginalized Voices

3

POLS 237State and Local Politics

3

POLS 238Urban Government in the United States

3

POLS 347Environmental Law and Policy

3

POLS 408Topics in Legal Studies

3

POLS 435Intergovernmental Conflict and Cooperation

3

POLS 443American Constitutional Law

3

POLS 444Constitutional Liberties

3

POLS 474Women and Politics

3

POLS 475Minority Group Politics

3

POLS 490International Law

3

PSYS 471Psychology in the Legal System

3

RMI 330Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning

3

SOC 221Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations

3

SOC 235Sociology of Gender

3

SOC 320Social Inequality

3

SOC 421Racial and Cultural Minorities in the United States

3

SOC 425Sociology of Law

3

SOCW 100Introduction to Social Work

3

Total Credit Hours:15

6 credits from

ACC 202Principles of Accounting 2

3

CJC 101Introduction to American Criminal Justice System

3

COMM 220Argumentation and Debate

3

COMM 320Persuasion

3

COMM 325Interviewing

3

ECON 201Elementary Microeconomics

3

PHIL 200Symbolic Logic

3

PSYS 100Introduction to Psychological Science

3

RMI 473Insurance Law

3

SOC 100Principles of Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:69

Concentration 2: Business Law, 36 credits

Students interested in pursuing this concentration must complete the following courses before registering for 300- and 400-level business courses.

ACC 201Principles of Accounting 1

3

ACC 202Principles of Accounting 2

3

BL 260Principles of Business Law

3

ECON 201Elementary Microeconomics

3

ECON 202Elementary Macroeconomics

3

ECON 221Business Statistics

3

ISOM 125Introduction to Business with Integrated Computer Applications

3

ISOM 210Business Information Systems

3

12 credits from

BL 363Uniform Commercial Code Law

3

BUSA 302Career Management: Tools, Processes, and Strategies

3

CIS 228Advanced Microcomputer Applications for Business

3

CIS 313Databases and Information Resource Management

3

CIS 415Information Systems Management

3

ECON 346Economic Analysis of Legal Issues

3

FIN 300Principles of Finance

3

MGT 300Managing Behavior in Organizations

3

PHIL 200Symbolic Logic

3

POLS 281Economic and Political Problems of Emerging Nations

3

POLS 347Environmental Law and Policy

3

POLS 408Topics in Legal Studies

3

POLS 433The Judiciary

3

POLS 435Intergovernmental Conflict and Cooperation

3

POLS 443American Constitutional Law

3

POLS 444Constitutional Liberties

3

POLS 474Women and Politics

3

POLS 490International Law

3

RE 230Real Estate Principles

3

RE 331Real Estate Construction Law and Finance

3

RMI 270Principles of Risk Management and Insurance

3

RMI 330Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning

3

RMI 473Insurance Law

3

SOC 425Sociology of Law

3

Total Credit Hours:72

The prerequisite for ISOM 210 is C or better grade in ISOM 125. ECON 221 requires C or better grade in MATH 111, or a passing grade (D- or better) in MATH 132, 161, 162, 165, or 166 and a C or higher grade in ISOM 125 as the prerequisite.