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 course listed in Category 1 and seven courses from Categories 2 and 3.  At least three out of the seven courses must come from C

Category 1 (All courses required):

Law 300: Concepts in American Law (4 units)

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



Category 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)


Category 3 (Choose from the following courses):


American Studies and Ethnicity (AMST)

AMST 101, 320, 353, 357, 389

Classics (CLAS)

CLAS 320gm, 333, 340, 348, 370, 470

Comparative Literature (COLT)

COLT 385, 472, 475

English (ENGL)

ENGL 472, 474, 481

History (HIST)

HIST 220, 265g, 312, 323, 351, 355, 453, 455, 470

Judaic Studies (JS)

JS 342

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 135g, 140g, 330, 430, 431

Political Science (POSC)

POSC 201x, 340, 345, 370, 371, 374, 375, 377, 380, 426, 441m, 443, 444

Religion (REL)

REL 360, 414

Sociology (SOCI)

SOCI 351, 353

Gender Studies (SWMS)

SWMS 355

For more information on the program, contact

Professor Lon Kurashige, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Melissa Borek, Student Advisor