The Law, Politics and Society program offers you 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 a LPS major, you will take courses from a wide variety of departments and faculty at Drake, with ample opportunities to integrate your 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, you 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.
You can take advantage of several opportunities to enrich your undergraduate education, and transition into post-graduate life. Many LPS 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.
You can also take part in the 3+3 program, which enables you to earn your undergraduate degree in LPS, and your 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.