Law and Society
The Law and Society major offers an exciting course of study for students interested in investigating the origins, actors, institutional frameworks, cultural development, and theoretical foundations of law and justice as they relate to society. The interdisciplinary study of law and society draws from the insights and tools of diverse academic disciplines. You’ll have freedom to study under a broad range of professors and to take a wide variety of courses. Another exciting option is the 3+3 Law Program offered in collaboration with our School of Law.
Why Choose Law and Society?
Students in the Law and Society major grapple with a number of important and pressing concerns, including the nature and functions of law in American society; the contested meanings of justice, freedom, equality, and rights; and the role and influence of courts, attorneys, and the police in the United States and around the world. Students interrogate a wide variety of controversial legal, political, and social issues, from the death penalty, affirmative action, and immigration policy, to free speech, police conduct, and Internet privacy.
What Will You Study?
The dynamic curriculum of the Law and Society major is designed to stimulate critical thinking about important and urgent issues of law, society, and justice, both in the United States and around the world. Subjects include American constitutional law and judicial politics; international law and organization; comparative legal systems; and theories of justice, civil liberties, and social inequality. You will have the flexibility to supplement these core courses with designated major electives in a wide variety of academic fields.
The Law and Society program is excellent preparation for a variety of opportunities, including law and graduate school, and careers in law, government, education, international affairs, and business.
Clubs & Organizations
Law and Society students may have interests in: Alpha Lambda Delta (First-year honor society), Pre-Law Society, Model United Nations, and Washington Semester. Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.
Unique Learning Opportunities
Internships and Field Work
Qualified students may also have opportunities to study independently or engage in supervised research with a faculty member on a topic within the field of Law and Society; to undertake an internship for academic credit; and to study abroad; or to participate in the Washington Semester Program offered by American University in Washington, DC. Additionally, the University's School of Law, located on campus, offers undergraduate students a number of unique opportunities, including invitations to law school workshops, speaker and film series, and academic and professional conferences.
Study Abroad: Become a Global Citizen
Our shrinking world requires students to think from a global perspective. The College of Arts and Sciences will help you to expand your worldview to think like a citizen of the world. Whether you participate in the Freshman Semester in London, a short seminar course abroad, or in another semester-long trip, the experience will broaden your horizons and help you compete in the global landscape.