Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Law, Politics and Society
The Law, Politics and Society (LPS) program offers students an interdisciplinary perspective on the complex interactions of law, culture, economics, politics, and social structure. The program does not treat law as a fixed, naturally given feature of social life, nor as a professional practice reserved only for specialists such as lawyers, judges and legislators. Instead, we understand law as a pervasive part of everyday life, socially constructed and often contested.
As a liberal arts major, the LPS program is designed to provide students with a broad education contributing to their pre-professional and personal growth, in preparation for effective participation in civil society, and ethical global citizenship.
Through their coursework, LPS students will encounter the structures and people that create, interpret, implement, and are affected by law; they will engage in in-depth examination of problems and opportunities facing contemporary societies, and identify the complex web of contributing legal, political, and social factors – as well as possible solutions to those problems. Students will leave the major with a more critical and nuanced understanding of the historical underpinnings of contemporary law, politics, and society, able to critically evaluate normative claims, and craft their own unique and imaginative responses to current issues.
In this major, LPS students will:
|LPS 001 - Introduction to Law, Politics, and Society||3|
|LPS 002 - Critical Concepts in Law, Politics, and Society||3|
|LPS 100 - LPS Perspectives on Constitutional Law||3|
|LPS 190 - Senior Seminar in Law, Politics, and Society||3|
|(4) LPS-designated courses outside of the core curriculum, 3 of which must be upper-division||12|
|LPS 035 - Special Topics (lower division)||3|
|LPS 135 - Special Topics (upper division)||1-3|
|LPS 138 - Reproductive Law and Politics in the U.S.||3|
|LPS 145 - Special Topics (international focus)||3|
|(2) Lower-division electives in related fields*||6|
|(4) Upper-division electives in related fields*||12|
*Related fields include:
Related-field courses must have a departmental designation as international/global, and at least one must have a departmental designation as experiential learning.
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