Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Legal Studies

Gwen Seaquist, Professor and Coordinator

Legal studies offers both a major and a minor. 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 that prepares students for the complex lives they will lead, which assuredly will include law as an underpinning, even if the law 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 (3)

PHIL 32500

Philosophy of Public Policy (3)

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 in the "General Education in Humanities and Sciences" section.
General Education in Humanities and Sciences

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