Bachelor of Science in Law and Society

Protect our communities, enforce laws and ensure justice

Frostburg State University’s law and society bachelor’s degree program ranks as one of the most popular undergraduate majors at the university. It is an interdisciplinary program that gives you great flexibility in tailoring your degree to fit your unique career and academic interests in the areas of criminal justice or law. Although the program is not offered as a minor, it is a degree that is often taken as a double major combined with political science, sociology or another compatible area of study.

  • Choose from two concentrations: criminal justice, which is focused on law enforcement, or legal studies, which prepares students for law school or work in the court system.

Bachelor's in Law and Society – Criminal Justice Concentration Highlights:

  • Enter the exciting career field of law enforcement. Many of our criminal justice graduates hold positions with the state and local police departments, the ATF, corrections, juvenile justice and the secret service.

  • Gain an understanding of the workings of the United States criminal justice system, including its agencies, personnel and diverse responsibilities.

  • Acquire excellent written and oral skills, an understanding of ethics and ethical behavior, civil rights and liberties and theories of punishment and corrections.

  • Complete an internship with such organizations as the state police, C3I (Maryland’s CSI equivalent) or federal law enforcement, if desired.

  • Join our campus chapter of the national Law Enforcement Explorers for discussions about police tactics, appropriate responses during a vehicle stop or domestic situation and other law enforcement concerns.

Bachelor's in Law and Society – Legal Studies Concentration Highlights:

  • Gain the background and knowledge you need to enter law school or attend graduate school in the area of public policy or another related field.

  • Complete an internship working with the district attorney’s office, the courts or a law office, if desired.

  • Understand the political influences on judicial decision-making, the evolution of the right to privacy, environmental law, plea bargaining, police discretion, the role and function of juries, the legal environment of business, the juvenile justice system, disputes over constitutional interpretation and the philosophical underpinnings of the commitment to free expression.

  • Develop a knowledge of the many different types of law practices operating in the United States and receive guidance that may help you decide how best to direct your future career.

  • Join Politics, Law & Society, an FSU student organization that promotes a deeper understanding of politics and law, and how they impact various aspects of our society.

About Our Law and Society Faculty:

  • Learn from full-time faculty as well as from highly respected members of the community who hold special expertise and experience in your field of study.

  • Study in small classes that promote interaction between faculty members and students, leading to a deeper level of learning.

  • Be advised and mentored by faculty who are genuinely interested in students and their career plans.

Sample Law and Society Courses You May Take:

Contemporary Ethical Problems – Explore ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, the death penalty, censorship of pornography and hate speech, sex and marriage, social and economic justice, world hunger and global poverty, the environment and the treatment of animals.

Criminology – Study the social causes and consequences of criminal behavior. Learn about criminal law, the police, courts and correctional institutions.

American Public Policy – Apply analytical tools to American public policy areas. Compare strengths and weaknesses of markets and governments, and techniques for framing policy questions. Explore current policy areas through simulations and analysis.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s law and society program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Law Enforcement Officers and Lawyers:

Law enforcement officers
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for law enforcement officers are expected to grow by 5 percent through 2022. Opportunities are expected to increase as public interest in the need for security grows. Opportunities vary regionally. For more information visitwww.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Lawyers
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the career opportunities for lawyers to grow by 10 percent through 2022, which is on par with the national average across all occupations. For more information visit www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

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