Major in Law and American Civilization

Majors must complete 54 units. The program is divided into four parts, and writing skills are emphasized throughout.

  • First, students must complete two introductory courses, one each in political science and economics, which acquaint students with the nature of law and its role in American society.
  • Second, students will take four required courses: one at the lower-division, two at the upper-division level and an advanced writing course. These courses further situate students in American culture, politics, judicial policymaking and logical thinking.
  • Third, students will have several options in choosing electives, which will be offered by several departments: Accounting, Mass Communication and Communication Studies, English, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Political Science.
  • Fourth and finally, students will undertake a 6-unit capstone experience of their choice and, if possible, design. Advanced students may wish to undertake a project in the workplace and then write an evaluative essay on that experience as it fits into the overall program. Other students will participate in a senior seminar, in which they will write a research paper on some aspect of the law or develop a thesis supervised by the program director. Finally, qualified students may choose to write an honors thesis.
Introductory Courses (6 Units)
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
POSC 209INTRODUCTION TO LAW3
Required Courses (12 Units)
ENGL 310WRITING ARGUMENT3
COMM 331ADVOC & ARGUMT3
PHIL 111INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC3
POSC 384JUDICIAL SYSTEM3
Electives (30 Units)
Select two courses in each of the following topics (students will need to fulfill each department’s individual prerequisites before taking these courses):
Accounting, Communication Studies or Mass Communitation6
Select two of the following:
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
BUSINESS LAW
PERSUASION
COMM/LEGAL PROC
MEDIA LAW
English6
Select any two English literature courses at the 300- or 400-level 2
History6
Select any two History courses at the 300 or 400 level with a specific geographical focus on American and U.S. History. Courses currently approved are:
AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY: 1898-1945
AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY SINCE 1945
THE AMERICAN COLONIES 1492-1763
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD
THE EARLY NATIONAL PERIOD
JACKSONIAN ERA
THE CIVIL WAR
THE U.S. 1865-1901: AGE OF ENTERPRISE
THE U.S. 1892-1920: AGE OF REFORM
THE FDR ERA
RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY: 1945-1975
GAYS & LESBIANS IN U.S. HISTORY
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION:1787-1941
THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION: 1941 TO THE PRESENT
DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1900
THE AMERICAN WEST
THE CITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY
IMMIGRANTS & IMMIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1900
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1900
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY TO THE MID- 19TH CENTURY
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY FROM THE MID-19TH CENTURY
WORKERS AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES
Philosophy6
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
Select one additional 300- or 400-level Philosophy course or any two 300- or 400-level Philosophy courses
Political Science6
Select any two 300- or 400-level Political Science courses with a specific geographical focus on American politics and government. Courses currently approved are:
POLITICS OF METROPOLITAN GROWTH AND CHANGE
URBAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
THE PRESIDENCY
CONGRESS
AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND POLITICS
CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES: THE FIRST AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENTS
CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS: PERSONAL LIBERTY AND THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED.
POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
THE SUPREME COURT
LEGAL THEORY
POLITICAL THEORY I
POLITICAL THEORY II
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATION
INTEREST GROUPS AND PUBLIC POLICY
POLITICS AND THE BUDGETARY PROCESS
SPEC TOPICS POSC
Seminar and/or Capstone Experience (6 Units)
Select one of the four options:6
Option I
THESIS IN LAW AND AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
Select one of the following:
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
SEMINAR IN LAW AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM
SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY
SEMINAR IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Option II
PRACTICUM IN LAW AND AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
THESIS IN LAW AND AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
Option III
PRACTICUM IN LAW AND AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
Select one of the following:
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
SEMINAR IN LAW AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM
SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY
SEMINAR IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Option IV
DIRECTED READINGS IN LWAC
HONORS THESIS IN LWAC
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Strongly recommended are ENGL 221 and ENGL 222 as prerequisites. These two courses will not fulfill the English requirement.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Please contact your major department for more information. 

1. Understand the history and development of the law.
2. Researching legal issues.
3. Presenting research coherently.
4. Reading, understanding and mastering complex materials.