The Law, Politics and Society program offers students an interdisciplinary perspective on the complex interactions of law, culture, economics, politics, and social structure.
Situated firmly within a liberal arts education, the program does not treat law as a fixed, naturally given feature of social life, or as a professional practice reserved for specialists such as lawyers, judges, and legislators. Instead, the program understands law, as a pervasive part of everyday life, to be socially constructed and contested.
As LPS majors, students will take courses from a wide variety of departments and faculty at Drake, with ample opportunities to integrate their interdisciplinary learning into an understanding of the larger field of sociolegal studies. From introductory courses in the major, to small topical seminars on issues as diverse as policing and drug use, human rights and international law, and reproductive law and politics, students will encounter a range of ways to study and understand the complex interactions of law, politics, and society in a globalizing, multicultural, and dynamic world.
LPS students can take advantage of several opportunities to enrich their undergraduate education, and transition into post-graduate life. Many of our students study abroad with guidance from Drake's Drake International; they engage in J-Term and May Term study with Drake faculty traveling to places like New York City, Uganda, South Africa, the Galapagos Islands, and Egypt.
They also take part in the 3+3 program, which enables them to earn their undergraduate degree in LPS, and their law degree from Drake University's Law School, in six years instead of seven. In the 3+3 program, Drake LPS majors can count 2 LAW courses, taken in their junior year or during 1L, towards their LPS graduation requirements.
Please talk to your academic advisor about the flexibility of the major for achieving your goals in terms of study away, the 3+3 program, and other opportunities for LPS majors.