The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies offers in-depth knowledge of the U.S. court system, legal writing and research, legal practice, and various types of law, while emphasizing governance, civil and criminal processes, and the theory and philosophy of justice. This degree is helpful preparation for careers such as court administrator, investigator, paralegal, law clerk, court clerk, and similar jobs requiring a broad understanding of law and the legal field. Knowledge gained from this degree is applicable to many employers such as law firms, corporations, and local and national government agencies.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Identify historical events and figures that have contributed to the present-day court system in the United States.
  • Conduct legal research and demonstrate the fundamentals of legal writing and citation.
  • Identify and apply the procedural vehicles used by agencies for making agency policy, including agency investigations and subpoenas, agency rulemaking and agency adjudication
  • Analyze the processes, ethics, and procedures of the modern legal practice.
  • Explain the various rights provided to United States Citizens by the U.S. Constitution, Amendments, Bill of Rights, and various U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
  • Relate the purpose and scope of criminal law in America to its sources.
  • Examine the various legal issues related to family law.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required24
General Concentration24
Final Program Requirements3
Electives Requirements39
Total Semester Hours120

General Education Requirements

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL102Effectiveness in Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

 All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (24 semester hours)

LSTD204Introduction to the Courts3
LSTD205Legal Research and Writing3
LSTD207Civil Practice and Procedure3
LSTD210Legal Ethics3
LSTD300Administrative Law and Policy3
LSTD301Constitutional Law3
LSTD302Criminal Law3
LSTD303Family Law3
Total Semester Hours24

General Concentration (24 semester hours)

A general concentration allows you to take courses across a number of areas of study within your program based on your own interests.

Select 8 courses from the following:24
Sports Law, Risk, and Regulation
Introduction to Hotel and Restaurant Law
Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
Hospitality Law
Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
Military Law
International Law
Maritime Law
Immigration Law and Policy
Evidence
Public Policy
Sociology of the Law (Prerequisite: SOCI111 - Introduction to Sociology)
Independent Study
Total Semester Hours24

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

LSTD497Senior Seminar in Legal Studies (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (39 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.