BA, Legal Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies

The program gives students the theoretical, historical, social and political foundations to understand law in a democratic society. The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies utilizes research strategies to develop the critical thinking and argumentation skills needed for successful careers in the fields of law, public administration and city government systems.

Students will examine topics such as forensic psychology, correctional systems, diversity, conflict resolution, and community corrections while working to understand Supreme Court decisions and appreciate the role social movements have played in the judicial system.

A minor in legal studies is also available for undergraduate students completing a bachelor's degree in a different area of study.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Theory: Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between law, evolving social orders and the historical development of political theory that serves as the basis of Western political thought.
  • Governance: Demonstrate an understanding of modern American constitutional governance.
  • Pressures/Movements: Demonstrate an understanding of the pressures that diverse social, cultural, and political movements have exerted, and continue to exert on, the legal system.
  • Research: Evaluate published research pertaining to a legal issue.
  • Historical Underpinnings: Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and historical underpinnings of Western legal traditions.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 32 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 300 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements.


Major Core Requirements

POSU 110 Introduction to American Politics 3
SOCU 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCU 301 Social Research Design 3
SOCU 450 Social and Political Theory 3
SSCU 494 Social Science Capstone Course 3


Required Legal Studies Upper-Division Courses

POSU 301/ PHLU 301 History of Political Philosophy I 3
POSU 302/ PHLU 302 History of Political Philosophy II 3
POSU 342/ HISU 323 The Western Legal Tradition 3
POSU 343 Constitutional Government 3
HISU 397 Social Movements in the Sixties 3


Elective Legal Studies Upper-Division Courses (Choose 4)

HISU 330 America and Its Revolution: The Bonfires of Change 3
POSU 344 Constitutional Rights 3
SOCU 328 Social Inequality/ Stratification 3
CJCU 380 Correctional Systems 3
CJCU 403 Police and Society 3
SOCU 440/ CJCU 440 Drugs and Society 3
SOCU 453 Sociology of Social Conflict, Analysis, and Resolution 3
CJCU 460 White Collar Crime 3
POSU 499 Independent Study 3
CJCU 430 Applied Criminology 3
CJCU 434 Diversity, Conflict, and Crime 3
CJCU 436 Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences 3
CJCU 438 Mental Health Issues in Society 3


Total Credits 42



Minor in Legal Studies


POSU 110 Introduction to American Politics 3
POSU 240 Introduction to Law 3
SOCU 450 Social and Political Theory 3


Any three courses from Required Legal Studies Upper-Division Courses or Elective Legal Studies Upper-Division Courses 9


Total Credits 18
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