3400 Law and Society

Program Offered:

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

Faculty 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

Students may enroll in a concentration upon admission to Georgia State University. Students who wish to change their major to this degree program should select a concentration in consultation with their academic advisor and the faculty coordinator. A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required.

Students who enroll in a concentration will be required to submit a course plan checklist to demonstrate their understanding of the degree requirements. It is highly recommended that students develop a course of study with their specific faculty coordinator before taking coursework in the degree program to avoid taking courses that will not count towards 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.

Students must complete coursework in at least three disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area G and in at least two disciplines in Area H.  Areas G and H should be constructed so that students take courses in distinct disciplines in each area (with some overlap expected); that is, the same prefix should not predominate in both Area G and H.

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).

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

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major

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

Students must complete coursework in at least three disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area G.

Area H: Allied Fields

Students must complete coursework in at least two disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area H.


  1. Select two Courses (6)
    • CRJU 3060 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice-CTW (3)
    • ENGL 3080 History, Theory, and Practice of Argumentative Writing (3)
    • ENGL 3110 Technical Writing (3)
    • ENGL 3130 Business Writing (3)
    • HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW (4)
    • PHIL 3000 Introductory Seminar in Philosophy-CTW (3)
    • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research-CTW (3)
    • [SPCH 3010] Advanced Public Speaking (3)
    • [SPCH 3250] Persuasion-CTW (3)
  2. Select one Course (3)
  3. Select two courses (6)

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.