The Law and Society Program is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts field emphasizing law, political science and sociology. The field is committed to understanding law from a theoretical and empirical approach. We include critical reflection and critique as vehicles for inquiry. Students develop their capacities for lifelong learning, critical analysis and reflective inquiry; and for influential and conscientious action. Our goal is to help students develop their capacity as leaders and participants in social and legal structures and processes through comprehensive inquiry and responsible action. We believe professional, personal and community advancement result.
These skills developed in the LAS program are relevant to students' career endeavors and advanced studies. Approximately 80% of our LAS graduates pursue advanced study in law, public policy, social work or non-profit management. Students typically pursue careers in government, non-profit advocacy or attend law school.
Women who chose this major are:
Prepared for a rigorous academic curriculum which focuses on secondary analysis and writing Concerned about social justice Eager to influence positive societal change Interested in the complex relationships between society and law Determined to advocate for change in their communities and the world Seek to view a societal challenge through multiple perspectives. What will I learn and what can I do with a LAS Major? The interdisciplinary liberal arts LAS curriculum enables students to become informed, well-rounded critical thinkers who can respond analytically to complex phenomena and be advocates for social and legal change. As such, the study of law and society is not a preparation for any one specific career. Rather, the major provides a strong foundation for a wide array of professional options, such as:
Community Organizing Criminal Justice Lobbyists Dispute Resolution Advocacy Policy Analysis Human and Social Services Legislative Aides Non-Profit Administration State and Local Government In addition, the major provides solid preparation for students considering graduate work in fields such as law, business, social work, conflict resolution, criminal justice, government and public policy.