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Interdisciplinary Concentration in Law and Society

Program Planner

The interdisciplinary concentration in Law and Society would be attractive to students exploring the possibility of going to law school, but also to students interested in law, but not intending to pursue a legal education. The Logic/Critical Thinking component of the concentration will be particularly useful to students planning to attend law school because it should help them negotiate the Law School Aptitude Test. But this component is also generally useful to students in developing the reasoning and analytical skills essential to writing clearly and speaking persuasively. The humanities perspectives provide the ethical and philosophical foundation for the study of law, while the social perspectives allow students to view law in historical, social and economic context.   Finally, the law courses give students an opportunity to examine one or more substantive areas of the law. Taken together, the four main components of the Law and Society concentration form a coherent approach to the study of law, and will provide students with an interesting, integrated Liberal Learning experience.


Faculty Sponsors

Tao Dumas (Political Science), N. Lasher (Business), R. McGreevey (History), K. Michels (Business), S. Monseau (Business), M. Roberts, (Philosophy & Religion)


Curriculum

Arts and Humanities

(three from the following)

Logic/Critical Thinking Requirement

(one course)

  • PHL 120/Introduction to Logic*
  • PHL 220/Metalogic (prerequisite: PHL 120 or permission of instructor)
Humanities Perspectives on Law

two courses

    • An appropriate First Seminar*
    • LIT 370/Global Words on Terrorism
    • MGT 385/Business Ethics & Corporate Responsibility (Prerequisite: sophomore standing)
    • PHL 135/Contemporary Moral Issues
    • PHL 240/Political Philosophy (prerequisite: one course in philosophy), or POL 270/Western Political Philosophy
    • PHL 255/Biomedical Ethics (prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of instructor)

 

  • PHL 275/Philosophy of Law (prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of instructor
  • PHL 375/Equality in Law and Ethics (prerequisite: one course in philosophy)

Social Sciences and History

three from the following

Social Perspectives on Law

one or two of the following

  • An appropriate First Seminar
  • CRI 201/Judicature (prerequisite: CRI 100)
  • ECO 365/Economics of the Law (prerequisite: ECO 101)
  • HIS 365/ Topics in North American and United States History (when the topic is Origins of the U.S. Constitution); cross listed as POL 365
  • INT 300/Human Rights in International Relations; cross listed as POL 345
  • NUR 300/Legal Challenges in Heath Care
  • POL 323/Law and Society
Law Courses

Either one or two of the following options

  • POL 320/Constitutional Law*
  • POL 321/Civil Liberties*
  • POL 337/International Law
  • CRI 301/Criminal Law and Procedure (Prerequisite: CRI 100)
  • BUS 200/Legal and Regulatory Environment
  • BUS 300/Business Law
  • BUS 325/Employment Law (prerequisite: BUS 200)
  • BUS 360/Issues in International Business Law*

*Courses without prerequisites.

In addition to courses required by this concentration, a student must complete one approved course in quantitative reasoning and one approved course in laboratory science to satisfy breadth requirements in liberal learning. Students should consult their major or open option advisors about how best to complete other liberal learning requirements.

For more information about Pre-Law at The College of New Jersey including the Politics, Law and Philosophy interdisciplinary minor, please see http://prelaw.pages.tcnj.edu/.

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