Law and Society
Law and society is a sociology major emphasizing concepts, theories, and research methods as applied to the study of law and law-related structures and processes. Coursework encompasses a variety of areas including deviant behavior, juvenile delinquency, the role of law in society, family law, and the sociology of police. These areas of study are intertwined with other crucial sociological concerns such inequality, power, social organization, social psychology, social change, race, gender, culture, and communication.
Points of Pride
- Faculty are currently engaged in funded research totaling over $1 million.
- The sociology department is home to the Social Research Institute (SRI).
- Purdue has a student chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, a sociology/law and society organization.
- Students interested in legal professions and occupations are encouraged to join the Purdue Pre-Law Club.
- Law and Society majors may pursue a service learning course in their third or fourth year.
- Public administration
- Law enforcement (local, state, or federal)
- Probation officer
- Business (various)
- Graduate school
Plan of Study
Law and Society majors must earn a "C-" or better in any course used to fulfill a major requirement, including prerequisites.
Double majors in Law and Society and Sociology are NOT allowed.
PREREQUISITES: For this major, the student must establish credit in the courses listed below. He/she may include them as part of the school core, or may take them as electives.
SOC 10000 Introductory Sociology (Ind. & Society)
SOC 22000 Social Problems (Social Ethics)
A. All of the following courses (15)
SOC 32400 Criminology
SOC 38200 Intro to Statistics in Sociology (Statistics)
SOC 38300 Intro to Research Methods in Sociology
SOC 40200 Sociological Theory
SOC 41900 Sociology of Law
See Plan of Study for selection of courses in sections B and C.
B. FIVE or MORE of the following coures, at least two of which must come from Column B(1) and THREE from Column B(2) (15-16)
C. At least ONE of the following courses (3)
Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)
ONE of the following:
ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition
COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
United States Tradition
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Individual and Society
Natural Sciences Lab
Electives (20-21 credits)
University Core Requirements
Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:
Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Science Technology Society Selective
For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html