We urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.
LEGAL 252 - Law and Personal Freedom: The nature of freedom in the United States, focusing on constitutional guarantees founded in the historical role of the law.
LEGAL 293 - Race, Citizen, and the American Constitution: The role that law and courts have played in shaping, defining, and constructing the concepts of race and American citizenship over time.
SOC241 - Criminology: Introduction to the study of criminology, definitions of crime, criminals and delinquents, demographics of crime and criminals, the work of the courts, law, police, and punishment in the production and administration of crime and criminals, society and crime, problems of prevention and control.
SOC343 - Hate Crime in America: This class places hate crimes within the broader social and political context of intergroup antagonism (e.g. prejudice, ethnic violence, and homophobia, etc.).
SOC347 - Corporate Crime: The rise of the "corporate actor" in terms of social organization and social policy, and concerning interest, rights, power, and trust. Organizational processes and deviance in production markets; deviance by, within, among, and against businesses as corporations. The roles of government and state in both the social production of deviance and its regulation: deviance by, within, among, and against government(s).
ECON 394LI - Law & Economics: The legal system as an economic system, where penalties and damages act as prices for various activities. We will ask whether the enforcement of legal rules leads to an efficient allocation of resources. Focus on property, contract and tort law.
POLISCI 356 - International Law: Development of basic rules of public international law. Evidence for law, international legal personality, jurisdiction, treatment of individuals, law of treaties, law of the sea, resort to force, and peaceful settlement of disputes
STPEC 291F S - Prisons, Race & the Social Order: This student-led colloquium will explore the racial, economic, and disciplinary roles of imprisonment and the prison from it's historical origins in the 17th and 18th-centuries into the present, with the American judicial/penal system since the late 1960's as our primary focus.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Research - for careers in law firms you will need strong research and writing skills.
- Critical thinking - you will learn to reflect upon and evaluate your own ideas and to analyze problems using evidence-based information.
- Communication skills - you will learn to actively listen to others and to articulate your ideas in writing and verbally in a way that will help you achieve your goals.