Ithaca College

Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Legal Studies

Gwen Seaquist, Professor and Coordinator

Legal studies offers both a minor and a major. In either, students have the opportunity to become familiar with legal ideas, legal institutions, and the legal process from the perspectives of multiple disciplines. Within the context of a growing literature in this field, students learn a variety of research and methodological approaches that enable them to understand and evaluate how the law works, as well as its underlying policies. Legal studies is premised on the belief that the study of law and justice necessarily incorporates a broad range of academic disciplines, and that its pursuit will encourage sustained reflection on fundamental values, as well as critical analysis of human behavior and institutions.

The major in legal studies is not intended as a substitute or as a preparation for any part of a law school curriculum, nor does it provide a paralegal certificate. The curriculum incorporates an interdisciplinary approach and prepares students for the complex lives they will lead, which assuredly will include law as an underpinning, even if it is not a career choice.

Students graduating in legal studies are particularly well qualified to pursue graduate work on legal topics in humanities and social science disciplines or to attend professional school in fields such as teaching, public policy, business and health administration, social work, and law. Legal studies graduates find employment in both the public and private sectors.

Requirements for the Major in Legal Studies - B.A.
Group 1: Required Courses

LGST-32300

Legal Research Seminar (3)

LGST-49800

Internship: Legal Studies (3)

LGST-40200

Capstone Course (3)

POLT-12300

Political Justice (3)

SPCM-12400

Courtrooms and Communications (3)

TVR-12300

Law and the Media (3)

SPCM-11500

Business and Professional Communication (3)

WRTG-10600

Academic Writing I (3) or

WRTG-11100

Academic Writing II (3)

WRTG-20100

Persuasive Argument (3) or

SPCM-21500

Argument and Debate (3)

PHIL-21200

Introduction to Ethics (3)

PHIL-26500

Philosophical Problems in Law (3)

GBUS-20300

The Legal Environment of Business I (3)

GBUS-20400

The Legal Environment of Business II (3) or

GBUS-30700

Commercial Law (3)

POLT-31000

Supreme Court in U.S. Politics (3)

POLT-30300

Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3)

GBUS-32400

Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)

Total required courses

48

Group 2: Applied Law Electives

Select 6 credits from the following:

LGST-30700

Environmental Law and Policy (3)

GBUS-31000

International Business Law (3)

LGST-32000

Marketplace Regulation and Consumer Protection (3)

GBUS-35300

Real Estate Law (3)

LGST-49900

Independent Study: Legal Studies (3)

LGST-30600

Criminal Law (3)

HPS-33500

Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Policy (3)

SPMM-31000

Labor Relations in Sport (3)

MKTG-39100

Electronic Commerce: Legal and Ethical Issues (3)

LGST-43000

Selected Topics (3)

HRM-44400

Employment Law (3)

Total applied law electives

6

Lists are updated every year. Contact Gwen Seaquist at 607-274-3944 for the most recent list.

Group 3: Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Electives

Select 6 credits from the following:

SPMM-30300

Seminar in Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport (3)

TVR-31200

Government and Media (3)

POLT-11500

Sustainable Politics (3)

POLT-12500

The Politics of Deviance (3)

POLT-12800

Introduction to International Relations (3)

POLT-14100

Power: Race, Sex, and Class (3)

POLT-14200

Ideas and Ideologies (3)

POLT-30100

Legislative Behavior (3)

POLT-32800

International Conflict (3)

POLT-34100

U.S. Political Thought (3)

POLT-34200

Liberalism and Marxism (3)

POLT-34300

Feminist Theory (3)

POLT-36200

Theory and Politics of Public Policy (3)

POLT-36400

Law and Public Policy (3)

POLT-36600

The Politics of Health (3)

POLT-36500

Environmental Politics (3)

POLT-37000

Selected Topics in Public Policy (3)

PHIL-15100

Reasoning (3)

PHIL-20300

Introduction to Logic (3)

PHIL-20600

Problem of Evil (3)

PHIL-21000

Freedom, Authority, and Responsibility (3)

PHIL-22000

Political Philosophy (3)

PHIL-25000

Environmental Ethics

PHIL-32500

Philosophy of Public Policy

PHIL-35200

Moral Philosophy (3)

SOCI-20300

Juvenile Delinquency (3)

SOCI-20700

Race and Ethnicity (3)

SOCI-20800

Social Change (3)

SOCI-21300

Sexual Oppression (3)

SOCI-21400

Definitions of Normality (3)

SOCI-21500

Introduction to Contemporary Mental Health (3)

SOCI-21800

Individual and Society (3)

SOCI-29300

Introduction to Social Institutions (3)

SOCI-30200

Sociology of Crime (3)

SOCI-30300

Global Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

SOCI-30700

Social Policy (3)

SOCI-31000

Civil Rights and Social Movements (3)

SOCI-31300

Social Inequality (3)

SOCI-31800

Political Sociology (3)

SOCI-32200

Forms of Punishment (3)

SOCI-32300

Family Violence (3)

SOCI-30200

Sociology of Crime (3)

SOCI-32400

Sociology of Violence (3)

SOCI-32500

Race, Class and Gender (3)

SOCI-41500

Seminar: The Police (3)

SOCI-41600

Seminar: Treatment and Prevention of Family
Violence (3)

SOCI-41800

Seminar: Sociology of the Law (3)

SOCI-42100

Seminar: Race, Racism, and the Law (3)

SOCI-43200

Selected Topics in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies (3)

SOCI-47200

Independent Studies in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies (3)

SOCI-49200

Internship: Criminal and Juvenile Justice (3)

SOCI-44200

Tutorial in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies (3)

Total

6

Lists are updated every year. Contact Gwen Seaquist at 607-274-3944 for the most recent list.

Group 4: General Education Distribution Requirements

See explanation of general education distribution requirements on page 114.

Self and society - 3 credits in values, beliefs, behavior; 6 credits in cultures and institutions; 3 additional credits in category A or B

12

Science, mathematics, and formal reasoning - 6 credits in science; 3 credits in mathematics and formal reasoning

9

Human expression - 6 credits in language; 6 credits in visual and performing arts

12

Global and historical perspectives

3

Total

36

Other LA electives

12

Open electives

12

Total

120

Legal Studies Minor

The purpose of the minor is to allow students to develop a greater understanding of the impact of law and legal institutions on society and public policy. Students study the sources and evolution of law, the legal process, and how law functions in a complex social, political, and economic system.

The minor consists of 18 credits. The two required foundation courses introduce legal methodology, including legal analysis, the Socratic method, and case law studies. In addition, students select two courses on specific applications of the law and two courses on the larger social and ethical dimensions of the law. The requirements of the minor should complement and supplement the majors of students with diverse career goals.

Requirements for the Minor in Legal Studies
Group 1: Required Courses

GBUS-20300

The Legal Environment of Business I (3)

GBUS-20400

The Legal Environment of Business II (3) or

GBUS-30700

Commercial Law (3)

Group 2: Applied Law Electives

Select 6 credits from the list under the legal studies major. Lists are updated every year. Contact Gwen Seaquist at 607-274-3944 for the most recent list.

Group 3: Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Electives

Select 6 credits from the list that appears above, under the legal studies major. Lists are updated every year. Contact Gwen Seaquist at 607-274-3944 for the most recent list.