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The Law and Society major offers undergraduates an interdisciplinary liberal arts approach to the study of legal and law-like relationships and institutions. The program combines the perspectives of various disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The multidisciplinary approach introduces students to a wider range of views about law than is generally possible within a single department, provides a coherent and rigorous program of courses organized around the theme of law and law-like relationships, and allows students to develop critical thinking about law and social institutions. For students not planning to pursue graduate studies, this program offers a means of understanding some complex relationships between social institutions. For those who plan to pursue graduate studies, the breadth of course
work should provide a sound basis for graduate studies in areas related to law: history, philosophy, political science, and sociology, among others. And for students who choose to pursue the study of law in a professional school of law,
the curriculum can offer a sound background. Students may select Law and Society as a major with the departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.


The Education Abroad Program (EAP) is an excellent opportunity to lean more about another country and its culture while taking long programs, a wide range of shorter options are also available. While on EAP, students are still eligible for financial assistance. Students are advised to plan study abroad well in advance so as to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program back at UCR. For further details see the University of California's EAP website and http://eap.ucop.edu/ or contact UCR's Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Program at (951) 827-2508. 

Undergraduate Research and Special Studies

Law and Society majors have access to computer laboratories and other facilities maintained by cooperating departments such as History. Some undergraduates have worked in Psychology on law-related themes, notably eyewitness testimony. The program is developing a link with UCR's Robert Presley Center for crime and Justice Studies, a relationship that may generate a formal system of internships. 

The University Honors Program offers lower-division courses taught by distinguished faculty and introduces undergraduates to the challenges and rewards of scholarship and research from the beginning of their undergraduate careers. In the upper division, the program invites outstanding students to design and produce honors theses and projects under individual faculty supervision. Through the departmental Honors Program, highly qualified students are invited to conduct a research thesis of their own initiative and design in collaboration with a faculty member Participation in the Honors Program is the capstone of an excellent education. 

Academic Advising 

Advising is provided by each student's primary major department. 

Preparing for Transfer 

Students planning to transfer to UCR as a Law and Society major should:

  1. meet the UC admission requirements for transfer,
  2. complete the coursework requirements.
  3. complete the breadth requirements for UCR's College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, preferably by following the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, IGETC.