Legal and Policy Studies Major

The major in legal and policy studies enables students to combine work in several disciplines with the aim of developing a critical and practical understanding of legal and policy issues that underlie the mechanisms of policymaking in the U.S. Working with a legal and policy studies adviser, students may elect to cluster their courses in healthcare policy, government and public policy, or business and corporate policy. Students may also select courses focusing on human rights, criminal justice, or the historical basis of policymaking and the legal system in the U.S. The program is supported by the departments of political science, economics, and sociology with contributions from business, organizational leadership, history, philosophy and theology, and communications. Courses in other areas, such as environmental science, psychology, and social work, may be relevant to the student’s career goals as well and will be applied if pertinent to the student’s interests.

The Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies major in legal and policy studies assures that students will develop oral and written comprehension and expression, achieve an understanding of public policy—that array of government decisions and acts, born of private and public sector interactions, that shape a nation’s political, economic and moral structures—and practice legal and policy analysis. Please note, however, for students interested in pursuing a career in law, that law schools do not specify any particular major as prerequisite for admission. Rather, they look for a broad liberal arts education and LSAT scores.

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The legal and policy studies major requires completion of 10 courses. Along with completing the foundation courses, each student majoring in legal and policy studies may also complete one of the three concentrations listed below. Each concentration consists of two required courses and four electives (one of the electives may be the optional Senior Seminar/Capstone course listed below):

Pre- or Corequisites

Course Title Credits
ECON 1200BASIC MICROECONOMICS3
ECON 2140STATISTICS I4
or SOCI 2850 METHODS SOCIAL RESEARCH I

Major Requirements

Course Title Credits
LGPO 1105INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL AND POLICY STUDIES3
LGPO 3000POLICY AND FEDERAL AGENCIES? WHO MAKES THE RULES YOU LIVE BY?4
POSC 1100INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS3
POSC 3321AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY4
SOCI 3708LAW AND SOCIETY4
Select one of the following concentrations:
Healthcare Policy
Business and Corporate Policy
Government and Public Policy

Students must maintain a C average in major courses.

Availability

The major in legal and policy studies is available at Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Westchester.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.

Healthcare Policy concentration

This concentration focuses on the development of federal, state, and local policies implementing government mandates that impact healthcare delivery at the institutional and individual levels affecting all members of the society. Six courses are required.

Course Title Credits
LGPO 3100HEALTHCARE IN THE U.S.: A RIGHT OR A PRIVILEGE3
POSC 3131POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT4
Four Healthcare Policy electives12 to 16

Healthcare Policy electives 

Courses in this group have the LPHP attribute.

Course Title Credits
ECON 3580ECONOMICS OF DIVERSITY4
LGPO 3400BASIC ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING3
LGPO 3500EFFECTING CHANGE: ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY, LOBBYING, AND PACS3
PHIL 4418ISSUES OF LIFE AND DEATH4
POSC 3231JUDICIAL POLITICS4
SOCI 3021SOCIOLOGY OF MEDICINE4
SOCI 3102CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICIES4
THEO 4010DEATH AND DYING4
THEO 4030MORAL ASPECTS OF MEDICINE4

Business and Corporate Policy concentration

This concentration focuses on the role of the public and private sectors in regulating or self-policing the constraints within which corporate business and financial markets operate. Six courses are required.

Course Title Credits
LGPO 3200REGULATING BUSINESS: WHO NEEDS IT?3
ECON 3455ECONOMICS AND REGULATION4
Four Business and Corporate Policy electives12 to 16

Business and Corporate Policy electives

Courses in this group have the LPBC attribute.

Course Title Credits
BLBU 2234LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF BUSINESS3
ECON 1100BASIC MACROECONOMICS3
ECON 3453LAW AND ECONOMICS4
ECON 3563LABOR ECONOMICS4
ECON 3884CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC PROBLEMS4
ECON 4110ETHICS AND ECONOMICS4
LGPO 3400BASIC ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING3
LGPO 3500EFFECTING CHANGE: ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY, LOBBYING, AND PACS3
POSC 4015AMERICAN ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING4

Government and Public Policy concentration

This concentration focuses on federal, state, and local government development and implementation of policies and regulations impacting myriad areas of daily life for its citizens. Six courses are required.

Course Title Credits
LGPO 3300GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION3
LGPO 3400BASIC ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING3
Four Government and Public Policy electives12 to 16

Government and Public Policy electives

Courses in this group have the LPGP attribute.

Course Title Credits
COMC 3370ETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDIA4
COMC 4340FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION4
ECON 3453LAW AND ECONOMICS4
ECON 3455ECONOMICS AND REGULATION4
ECON 3563LABOR ECONOMICS4
ECON 3580ECONOMICS OF DIVERSITY4
ECON 3870PUBLIC FINANCE4
ECON 3884CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC PROBLEMS4
LGPO 3500EFFECTING CHANGE: ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY, LOBBYING, AND PACS3
NSCI 2060ENVIRONMENT: SCIENCE, LAW, AND POLICY3
POSC 3131POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT4
POSC 3231JUDICIAL POLITICS4
POSC 4015AMERICAN ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING4
SOCI 3102CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICIES4
SOCI 3136INEQUALITY-WHY/EFFECTS4
SOCI 3151SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION4
SOCI 3405GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS4
SOCI 3601URBAN POVERTY4
SOCI 3713CRIMINOLOGY4
SOCI 3714TERRORISM AND SOCIETY4
SOCI 4020PLACE, SPACE, AND IMMIGRANT CITIES4
SOCI 4408DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY4
SOCI 4961URBAN ISSUES AND POLICIES4