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2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law and Society, BA


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About the Program

Law and society is a sociology major emphasizing concepts, theories, and research methods as applied to the study of law and law-related structures and processes. Coursework encompasses a variety of areas including deviant behavior, juvenile delinquency, the role of law in society, family law, and the sociology of police. These areas of study are intertwined with other crucial sociological concerns such inequality, power, social organization, social psychology, social change, race, gender, culture, and communication.

Points of Pride

  • Faculty are currently engaged in funded research totaling over $1 million.
  • The sociology department is home to the Social Research Institute (SRI).
  • Purdue has a student chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, a sociology/law and society organization.
  • Students interested in legal professions and occupations are encouraged to join the Purdue Pre-Law Club.
  • Law and Society majors may pursue a service learning course in their third or fourth year.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Law and Society  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Sociology-BA
LAWS
120 Credits

Law and Society majors must earn a “C-” or better in any course used to fulfill a major requirement, including prerequisites.

Law & Society Major Requirements (33-34 credits)


Double majors in Law and Society and Sociology are NOT allowed

Prerequisites


For this major, the student must establish credit in the courses listed below. He/she may include them as part of the school core, or may take them as electives.

B. Five or more of the following courses, at least two of which must come from Column B(l) and three from Column B(2) (15-16 credits)


Column Two (2) - (3 courses)


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 - 56 credits)


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

Electives (30-33 credits)


University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


15-17 Credits


Spring 1st Year


15-16 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


15-16 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15-16 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • REQ B(1) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B(2) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • SOC 41900 - Sociology Of Law
  • REQ B(1) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • SOC B (2) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Note


Law and Society majors must earn a “C-” or better in any course used to fulfill a major requirement, including prerequisites.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course


Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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