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

CourseTitleCredits
ECON 1200BASIC MICROECONOMICS3
ECON 2140STATISTICS I4
or SOCI 2850 METHODS SOCIAL RESEARCH I

Major Requirements

CourseTitleCredits
Foundation Courses
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
Concentrations
Select one of the following:
Healthcare Policy
Business and Corporate Policy
Government and Public Policy

Concentrations

Healthcare Policy

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.

CourseTitleCredits
Required
LGPO 3100HEALTHCARE IN THE U.S.: A RIGHT OR A PRIVILEGE3
POSC 3131POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT4
Electives
Select four of the following:
BASIC ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING (recommended)
EFFECTING CHANGE: ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY, LOBBYING, AND PACS (recommended)
HEALTH AND MEDICAL INFORMATICS (recommended)
ECONOMICS OF DIVERSITY
HEALTH COSTS AND BENEFITS (recommended)
JUDICIAL POLITICS
SOCIOLOGY OF MEDICINE (recommended)
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICIES
ISSUES OF LIFE AND DEATH
DEATH AND DYING
MORAL ASPECTS OF MEDICINE (recommended)

Business and Corporate Policy

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.

CourseTitleCredits
Required
LGPO 3200REGULATING BUSINESS: WHO NEEDS IT?3
ECON 3455ECONOMICS AND REGULATION4
Electives
Select four of the following:
BASIC ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING (recommended)
EFFECTING CHANGE: ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY, LOBBYING, AND PACS (recommended)
LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF BUSINESS (recommended)
BASIC MACROECONOMICS
LAW AND ECONOMICS (recommended)
CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC PROBLEMS
ECONOMICS OF CORPORATE LAW (recommended)
LABOR ECONOMICS
ETHICS AND ECONOMICS (recommended)
AMERICAN ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING

Government and Public Policy

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.

CourseTitleCredits
Required
LGPO 3300GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION3
LGPO 3400BASIC ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING3
Electives
Select four of the following:
EFFECTING CHANGE: ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY, LOBBYING, AND PACS
ETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDIA
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
LAW AND ECONOMICS (recommended)
ECONOMICS AND REGULATION (recommended)
LABOR ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF DIVERSITY
PUBLIC FINANCE (recommended)
CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC PROBLEMS
ENVIRONMENT: SCIENCE, LAW, AND POLICY
POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT (recommended)
AMERICAN ECONOMIC POLICYMAKING
JUDICIAL POLITICS
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES AND POLICIES
INEQUALITY-WHY/EFFECTS
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS
URBAN POVERTY
CRIMINOLOGY
TERRORISM AND SOCIETY
PLACE, SPACE, AND IMMIGRANT CITIES
DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
URBAN ISSUES AND POLICIES (recommended)

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.