2003-2004 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

Law and Society

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Political Science
(907) 474-7609

Minor only

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This program aims to understand law in relationship to the larger society. It is based firmly on the view that the law is a rich humanistic tradition and study of legal ideas and institutions will promote sustained reflection on such fundamental concepts and values as equality, freedom, privacy, justice and rights.

While the programs is of special interests to students who plan graduate studies in law or careers in government service, many students will simply share a desire to understand the role of law in society. The program provides students with tools for reasoned appraisal of how the law works, ideas and policies that underlie it, and the ability to think clearly and analyze arguments critically.


Undergraduate Program


  1. Complete 9 credits from the following:
    PS 303 -- Politics and the Judicial Process (3 credits)
    PS 330O -- Law, Justice and Society (3 credits)
    PS 435W -- Constitutional Law I: Institutions and Governmental Powers (3)
         or PS 436W -- Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3) (3 credits)
  2. Complete 9 credits from the following:
    AKNP 230 -- Federal Indian Law (3 credits)
    ANS 425 -- Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives (3 credits)
    BA 317W -- Employment Law (3 credits)
    BA 330 -- The Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
    JRN 413 -- Mass Media Law and Regulation (3 credits)
    JUST 352 -- Criminal Law (3 credits)
    JUST 354 -- Procedural Law (3 credits)
    PS 450 -- Comparative Aboriginal Rights and Policies (3 credits)
    PS 451 -- Law, Justice and Society in the Circumpolar North (3 credits)
    Approved law-related elective open
  3. Minimum credits required 18