Law, Politics and Society

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
Degree Type: 
Undergraduate

The Law, Politics and Society program is designed for students who desire to become intellectually conversant in how the law intersects with other disciplines to shape the structure of, and serve as the heart of, modern society. 

Students enrolling in this program are those interested in exploring the complex interplay of society, politics and the law; the relationship between the law and political/social evolution; how the law at times both influences and is influenced; and how all of those components come together to frame our societal structure, values and culture. 

The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students the opportunity to study the interrelatedness of the law and other discrete disciplines such as sociology, political science, history, philosophy, economics and psychology. Many students who enroll in the program also complete a second academic major in one of the related fields. The organizational principle of the program is that by studying the influences of law, politics and society, students can better understand the origin of conflict and the various means by which conflicts can be resolved. Critical analysis, reasoning and writing skills developed in this program are versatile and designed to be valuable in a multitude of future careers and personal endeavors.

As a Doane Law, Politics and Society major, you will:

  • Develop analytical, research and writing skills
  • Grow in your ability to discuss complex and sensitive topics
  • Evaluate sources of conflict and develop paths to resolution by evaluating legal, political and social influences
  • Understand the complex interplay of the law, society, and politics and its real-world implications

Students planning to attend law school:

The American Bar Association does not recommend any specific undergraduate programs or courses to prepare for a legal education. The American Bar Association has recommended that students take a “broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors” to prepare for the rigor of law school. Programs such as pre-law, English, philosophy, history and political science are considered traditional preparatory programs; however, students are admitted into law schools from nearly every undergraduate discipline.

The practice of law is complex and dynamic, relying upon competency in a wide range of topics both within and beyond the law itself. The law touches every career field and personal choice, sometimes intimately. Accordingly, law students and lawyers benefit from a wide range of personal and professional experiences, and academic areas of study. The Law, Politics and Society program uniquely prepares students to pursue a legal education by studying that important intersection, giving students insight into the impact and role of the law in society, before they attend law school to study the law itself. 

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Program Information

The Law, Politics and Society major prepares students for a career or continued study in a wide range of disciplines, including:

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
2018 Median Pay: $62,270 per year
Job Outlook: +10% from 2016-2026
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators facilitate negotiation and dialogue between disputing parties to help resolve conflicts outside of the court system.

Judges and Hearing Officers
2018 Median Pay: $117,190 per year
Job Outlook: +5% from 2016-2026
Judges and hearing officers apply the law by overseeing the legal process in courts. They also conduct pretrial hearings, resolve administrative disputes, facilitate negotiations between opposing parties, and issue legal decisions.

Lawyers
2018 Median Pay: $120,910 per year
Job Outlook: +8% from 2016-2026
Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

Urban and Regional Planners
2018 Median Pay: $73,050 per year
Job Outlook: +13% from 2016-2026
Urban and regional planners develop land use plans, and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Police and Detectives
2018 Median Pay: $63,380 per year
Job Outlook: +7% from 2016-2026
Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
2018 Median Pay: $53,020 per year
Job Outlook: +6% from 2016-2026
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole.

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Requirements for the Law, Politics, and Society Major:

Complete the following.

Select 5 courses from the following three categories

(3 courses must be at the 300-level and no more than two courses can be selected from each category):

Pre-Law Advising Program

The Pre-Law Advisor is available to help develop an academic plan unique to the student’s selected major, interests, and one designed to develop the specific skills needed by that student to prepare for success in law school. Students should make an appointment with the Pre-Law Advisor if they are considering a legal career, even if they are not yet confident they want to attend law school. Pre-law advising is available to any student at Doane University, regardless of their academic program.

Sara Houston

Assistant Professor, Dir of Law, Politics & Society Program
Law, Politics, & Society
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Political Science and Law, Politics & Society

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