3400 Law and Society

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Law and Society
    • Pre-Law Allied Field
    • Criminology Allied Field

Program Coordinator: Michael Evans, mevans33@gsu.edu

This program emphasizes the social sciences and humanities perspectives of the law. Drawing on the disciplines of political science, sociology, history, English, philosophy, psychology, criminal justice, and business law, the Law and Society area of concentration offers the student a broad liberal but non-professional background in law. It is a viable option for pre-law students. For students interested in the program, please contact the program coordinator or the Department of Political Science (404-413-6159).

Program Admission

A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required to apply to the program. Application materials can be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance (see below). Students should apply to the program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts students should also consult regularly with the faculty program coordinator for the specific program regarding course selection, program plans, experiential learning, and other academic opportunities.

Program Degree Requirements

Please refer to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies section 3030.30 of this catalog for academic regulations for this program.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Courses used to fulfill the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses for each B.I.S. program will not count towards the rules of Area G — no more than three to four 3-4 credit hour courses (12 hours) from a single discipline — nor of Area H — no more than two 3-4 credit hour courses (6-8 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

B.I.S. with a Concentration in Law and Society

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major

  1. Required Course (3)
    • POLS 2401 Global Issues (3)
    • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking (3)
    • World language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
    • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2)
  2. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
    • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I (3)
    • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II (3)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • ENGL 2130 American Literature (3)
    • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • Hist 1111] Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History Since 1500 (3)
    • HIST 2110 Survey of World History (3)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2040 Introduction to Applied Psychology (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s/Gender/Sexuality (3)
    • World language 1001, 2001, or 2002

Area G: Area of Concentration — Law and Society (33)

No more than three to four 3-4 credit hour courses (12 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

  1. Required Course to fulfill CTW requirement (3)
    • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research-CTW (3)
  2. Required Course to fulfill CTW requirement (3)
    • POLS 4900 Senior Seminar in Political Science-CTW (3)
  3. Required Courses (6)
    • POLS 3140 Judicial Process and Courts (3)
    • Select one course:
  4. Select two courses (6): At least 3 hours of PoIS must be taken here.
  5. Select five additional courses (15) — At least 3 hours of PoIS must be taken here, but no more than 12 hours from a single discipline:

Area H: Allied Fields

No more than two 3-4 credit hour courses (6-8 hours) can be taken within a single discipline. Students may choose either Pre-Law or Criminology as the allied field.


  1. Select five courses (15):


  1. Required Course (3)
    Select one course:

    • ENGL 3080 History, Theory, and Practice of Argumentative Writing (3)
    • ENGL 3090 History, Theory, and Practice of Expository Writing (3)
  2. Required Course (3)
    Select one course:

  3. Select three courses (9)

Area J: Electives

Electives are used to build the hours in Areas G-J to 60 hours, have 39 hours at Georgia State University taken at the 3000-4000 level for residency, and complete 120 hours required for graduation.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.