Socio-Legal Studies

The concentration in socio-legal studies offers a model for educating and training students in the study of legal ideas, institutions and practices from the perspectives of the social sciences, law, and the humanities. The distinction between law "on the books" and law "in action," which refers to how people experience law in their everyday lives, is a cornerstone of the concentration. Course work provides students with multiple and intersecting theoretical and methodological approaches that reveal law as a socially embedded system of loosely connected institutions, practices, presumptions and rules. Students participating in the concentration will learn how to apply these socio-legal tools of analysis to their study of law in action.

The concentration consists of four components to ensure students develop a broad understanding of socio-legal studies. Foundational courses in socio-legal theories (three credits) and in legal institutions (three credits) will be required. Students will then have the option of selecting three electives (nine credits) from a set of approved courses, providing flexibility so that they may pursue an individualized course of study. Additional courses beyond those listed on this proposal may be added with approval of the certificate director. Finally, a three credit experiential learning component will be required, for a total of 18 credit hours, of which a minimum of 12 hours must be upper division. This may be an internship within the U.S. or abroad, or a research experience under the guidance of a member of the socio-legal studies certificate faculty.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students are required to consult an advisor in School of Social Transformation for Interdisciplinary Component courses and internship options.

Core Theory and Foundations Courses 6 hours
Select courses from the following:

HON 494 Great Traditions of Jurisprudence (Barrett Honors College students only)

PHI 307 Philosophy of Law, HU (3)

PHI 336 Social and Political Philosophy, HU (3)

PHI 408 Feminist Ethics, HU (3)

JUS 303 Justice Theory (3)

JUS 308 Courts and Society (3)

JUS 360/CRJ 350 Law and Social Control, SB (3)

JUS 410 Punishment: Logic and Approach (3)

JUS 463/CRJ 470 Discretionary Justice, SB (3)

JUS 465 Death Penalty in the United States, L (3)

POS 315 The Supreme Court, SB (3)

POS 465 International Organization and Law, SB, G (3)

POS 471 Constitutional Law I, SB (3)

POS 472 Constitutional Law II, SB (3)

Interdisciplinary Component 12 hours
Select in consultation with an advisor in the School of Social Transformation.

AFR 215 Bob Marley and Reggae: Lyrics of Resistance, HU, G (3)

AFR 301/JUS 300 Race and Racism in Africa/African Diaspora, SB, G (3)

AFR 304/JUS 304 Islands of Globalization: Carribbean Politics and Political Economy, SB, G, H (3)

AFR 420/JUS 421 Race, Ethnicity and Politics in African Diaspora, SB, G (3)

AFR/APA/JUS/SST 428 Critical Race Theory (3)

CRJ 305 Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice, C (3)

CRJ 306 Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice, C (3)

HON 310 Justice and Law (3)

HON 410 Philosophy, Politics, and Law (3)

JUS 303 Justice Theory (3)

JUS 308 Courts and Society (3)

JUS 329 Domestic Violence, SB (3)

JUS 350 Immigration and Justice, SB, G (3)

JUS 360 or CRJ 350

JUS 374 The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights (3)

JUS 422/WST 422 Women, Law, and Social Control (3)

JUS 432 Racial Justice, L (3)

JUS 463 OR CRJ 470

JUS 465 Death Penalty in the United States, L (3)

JUS 467 Terrorism, War and Justice, SB (3)

JUS 469 Political Deviance and the Law, L or SB, C (3)

PHI 307 Philosophy of Law, HU (3)

PHI 336 Social and Political Philosophy, HU (3)

PHI 408 Feminist Ethics, HU (3)

POS 370 Law and Society, SB (3)

POS 465  International Organization and Law, SB, G (3)

PSY 468 Psychology and Law (3)

POS 470 Law and the Political Order, SB (3)

POS 471 Constitutional Law I, SB (3)

POS 472 Constitutional Law II, SB (3)

SOC 340 The Sociology of Deviance, SB (3)

SOC 445 Globalization, Development and Resistance, SB, G (3)

TCL 335/HST 323/AFR 335 Historical Studies in Race, Crime, and the Law (3)

TCL 340 Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics and Policy, L, C (3)

WST 345 Gender, Religion and Global Violence, SB, G (3)

WST 375 Women and Social Change, SB, C (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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