Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Legal Studies, Bachelor of Arts (6001)


Program Coordinator

The Legal Studies program consists of 18 hours of core courses in Political Science, History, and Professional Legal Studies (including a capstone experience), and 18 hours of electives from many disciplines across Western Kentucky University. A second major, minor, or certificate is required.

The program provides students an interdisciplinary perspective while fostering greater understanding of the law as it relates to history, the sciences, and ethics in the United States and around the world.  While the program appeals to pre-law students, it also serves as a background for a wide variety of careers, including public administration, academics, government, diplomatic corps, homeland security, non-governmental organizations, and law enforcement.

​Legal Studies allows students from many disciplines to focus their studies using their individual disciplinary interests as a launching point for exploring how the study of law cuts across disciplinary lines. It offers courses in a wide range of subjects, including American legal history, political process, constitutional law, philosophy and ethics, sociology and criminal justice, business, journalism and broadcasting, economics and property law, English, and environmental law and regulations.

Program Requirements (36 hours)

Program Core Courses
PS 220Judicial Process3
PLS 250Legal Research and Writing I3
PS 326Constitutional Law3
HIST 445American Legal History to 18653
HIST 446American Legal History Since 18653
LS 495Senior Seminar in Legal Studies3
Required Ethics course (choose one)3
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Legal Ethics
Press Law and Ethics
Ethical Theory
Government and Ethics
Required International/Comparative Elective course (choose one):3
International Organization and Law
Comparative Legal Systems
Human Rights in History
Comparative Systems of Juvenile Justice
International Justice and Crime
Environmental Management and Law
Required Business Elective (choose one):3
Legal Environment of Business
Property Law
Business Law
Economics, Law, and Public Choice
Corporate Law
The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
Required Law and Justice Elective (choose one):3
Women and the Law
Criminal Justice Procedures
Criminology
Race, Class, and Crime
Sociology of Criminal Law
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Psychology and Law
Unrestricted Electives (6 hours needed from at least two disciplines.6
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Criminology
Juvenile Delinquency
Race, Class, and Crime
Comparative Systems of Juvenile Justice
Sociology of Criminal Law
Gender, Crime, and Justice
International Justice and Crime
Economics, Law, and Public Choice
The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
Argument and Analysis in Written Discourse
Theories of Rhetoric and Persuasive Writing
Environmental Management and Law
Press Law and Ethics
Human Rights in History
History of the Civil Rights Movement in America
Internship in Legal Studies
Legal Environment of Business
Business Law
Employment Law
Symbolic Logic
Social Ethics
Ethical Theory
Philosophy of Law
Legal Ethics
Property Law
Women and the Law
Comparative Legal Systems
Corporate Law
Internship in Paralegal Studies
Psychology and Law
Public Policy
Civil Liberties
Criminal Justice Procedures
Government and Ethics
International Organization and Law
Total Hours36
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003HIST 101 or HIST 1023
Colonnade: Quantitative Reasoning3COMM 1453
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with Lab3PS 2203
Colonnade: Social and Behavioral Studies3World Language (if needed) or General Elective3
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3Colonnade: Literary Studies3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HIST 4453HIST 4463
PLS 2503Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences3Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3
World Language II (if needed) or General Elective3Connections - Systems or Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course (PS 220 Recommended)3
Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3Connections - Local to Global3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PS 3263Required Legal Studies Elective3
Connections - Social and Cultural3ENG 300 or COMM 2003
Required Legal Studies Elective3Required Legal Studies Elective3
Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3
Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Required Legal Studies Elective 3LS 4953
Unrestricted Legal Studies Elective3Unrestricted Legal Studies Elective3
Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3
Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3
Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3Second Major, Minor, or General Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Hours 120