No Credits: 60
Contact: R. Gates, Chair, Business and Technology Division; D. Morris, Program Coordinator
Learn about the interconnection and impact between law and business, government, and public administration using a multidisciplinary approach. The study of law is not an isolated field; instead, it involves many related areas such as business, political science, philosophy, economics, and social sciences. The require core courses and the General Education courses serve as a foundatin for the Legal Studies program. Students select one of three program elective groups to focus their studies.
Law and American Civilization group focuses on the nature of law and its role in American society. Students will study the impact of laws using sociology, history, political science, communication, and philosophy. This elective group prepares students to pursue a Bachelor's degree for further study of American culture, politics, and policy-making.
Public Administration and Policy group focuses on American government, public administration, politics, and policy. Students will study political science, history, and philosophy. This elective group prepares students to pursue a Bachelor's degree for further study of the interconnection of law, business, politics, and public administration.
Legal Assistant group focuses on legal research, legal analysis, legal writing, and case management. This elective group prepares students to pursue a Bachelor's degree in paralegal studies. Students may also choose to enter the work force (private law firms, legal departments in the private sector, government.)
All three elective groups emphasize analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and writing. During the one-credit program capstone course, students select a project that relates to their selected elective group.
The maximum number of credits allowed in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: federal, state, and local government agencies; federal, state, and local administrative agencies; non-profit; associations; private business; human resources, public relations, mediation, lobbying/legislative affairs department, urban/regional planning, health administration, private law offices, courts, banks, real estate;
TRANSFER OPTIONS: Refer to the program website for updates of articulated partnerships with four-year colleges. Students should consult with an advisor or the Program Coordinator early in their studies.