Bachelor of Arts in Law, History, and Culture

This major is designed for students drawn to interdisciplinary study of legal and cultural issues, as well as those who intend to pursue a law degree. It offers students an interdisciplinary education in legal institutions, languages and processes that are central to social, cultural and political developments in the past and present, and play a critical role in shaping our most basic concepts and categories of thought and identity. It combines approaches from history, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion and classical studies to explore the law’s position at the nexus of society. The major will help students develop the critical skills of reading, writing and analysis crucial to both a liberal education and the study of law. Students will gain theoretical and analytical perspectives on ethical, political and social issues relevant to law as they explore specific legal issues from a humanistic perspective.


Requirements - Fall 2014 and Beyond

The major requires 36 units from the following courses.  Majors must complete all courses listed in Group 1 and seven courses from Groups 2 and 3.

Group 1 (All courses required):

Law 300: Concepts in American Law (4 units)

LAW 301: The Constitution in Transitional Perspective (4 units)



Group 2 (A minimum of 3 courses below is required):

AMST 342: Law and Identities (4 units)

ANTH 345: Politics, Social Organization, and Law (4 units)

CLAS 305: Roman Law (4 units)

CLAS 307: Athenian Law and Society (4 units)

COLT 476: Law and Narrative (4 units)

ENGL 355: Anglo-American Law and Literature (4 units)

HIST 385: Anglo-American Law before the 18th Century (4 units)

HIST 386: American Legal History (4 units)

HIST 463: The Constitutional History of the United States (4 units)

POSC 130: Law, Politics, and Public Policy (4 units)

SWMS 349: Women and the Law (4 units)


Group 3 (Choose from the following courses):


American Studies and Ethnicity (AMST)

AMST 101: Race and CLass in Los Angeles

AMST 320: Social Construction of Race and Citizenship

AMST 353: Race and Racism in the Americas

AMST 357: Latino Social Movements

AMST 389: Carceral Geographies

Classics (CLAS)

CLAS 320gm: Diversity and The CLassical Western Tradition

CLAS 333: Cult and City in Ancient Greece

CLAS 340: Ethics and Politics in ancient Rome

CLAS 348: The Athenian Century

CLAS 370: Leaders and Communities: Classical Modes

CLAS 470: Democracies Ancient and Modern

Comparative Literature (COLT)

COLT 385: Literature and Justice

COLT 472: Los Angeles Crime Fiction

COLT 475: Politics and the Novel

English (ENGL)

ENGL 472: Literature and Society

ENGL 474: Literatue, Nationality, and Otherness

ENGL 481: Narrative Forms in Literature and Film

History (HIST)

HIST 220: Murder on Trial in American History

HIST 265g: Understanding Race and Sex Historically

HIST 312: The Age of the French Revolution 

HIST 323: The Holocaust

HIST 351: The African-American Experience

HIST 355: American Revolution

HIST 453: The Age of Emancipation: Landmark Lawsuits

HIST 455: Advanced Topics in African American History

HIST 470: The Spanish Inquisition in the Early Modern Hispanic World

Judaic Studies (JS)

JS 342: Reading in Two Directions: Connecting Law and Literature in Jewish Tradition

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 135g: Legal Controversies and Ethical Principles

PHIL 140g: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues

PHIL 330: Theories of Law

PHIL 430: Philosophy of Law

PHIL 431: Law, Society, and Politics

Political Science (POSC)

POSC 201x: Law and Politics: Electing a President

POSC 340: Constitutional Law

POSC 345: International Law

POSC 370: European Political Thought I

POSC 371: European Political Thought II

POSC 374: The American Founders: Visions, Values and Legacy

POSC 375: American Political Thought

POSC 377: Asian Political Thought

POSC 380: Political Theories and Social Reform

POSC 426: The United States Supreme Court

POSC 441m: Cultural Diversity and the Law

POSC 443: Law in Film

POSC 444: Civil and Political Rights and Liberties

Religion (REL)

REL 360: Ethical Issues in the New Medical Revolution

REL 414: History of Islamic Law

Sociology (SOCI)

SOCI 351: Public Policy and Juvenile Justice

SOCI 353: History of Islamic Law

Gender Studies (SWMS)

SWMS 355: Transgender Studies

For more information on the program, contact

Professor Lon Kurashige, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Melissa Borek, Student Advisor

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