Why study Interdisciplinary : Law and Society?

The Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary: Law and Society was developed to meet the demand for leaders who have a solid understanding of law and how it intersects with our societies in every aspect of our personal and professional relationships. The program is hosted in the Political Science department and in partnership with UC College of Law. While Political Science and Law are at the center of the program, expertise and specialization come from many other disciplines, including (but not limited to):

  • Sociology
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Business
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy

This multidisciplinary approach allows you to customize your degree not only by selecting one of many pathways for degree completion, but also through the consideration of a double major. This degree is a relevant pathway to Law school. 

Admission Requirements

Law and Society majors typically develop the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments that can be applied in a variety of professional settings. Law and society majors have a passion for how the law impacts different populations and our communities. They engage in in-class discussions evaluate the relevancy of different arguments and apply their professional skills  to solve theoretical and real-world problems. These unique experiences make them strong candidates for employment in government, private businesses and the non-profit sector, as well as candidates for Law school and other graduate programs. 

Like students who graduate with other liberal arts majors, graduates with a degree in the Law and Society concentration are prepared for many different career options. The interdisciplinary nature of this unique degree means students acquire many different transferable skills needed by employers, such as critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork. While many majors use their degree to prepare for law school and eventual legal careers, other students establish careers in:

  • state, local and federal government
  • private sector
  • non-governmental sector
  • party politics
  • education
  • journalism and public relations

Majors also pursue graduate degrees in political science, becoming attorneys, consultants, lobbyists, leaders in private and public corporations, professors and researchers in colleges and universities.

University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions

This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.

This degree has the option of a co-op track for students who want to gain real-world paid experience, gain new skills, and ‘try out’ different work settings. Built with maximum flexibility, the optional co-op allows students to combine academic coursework with FULL or PART time paid work experience (co-op). Co-op for Law and Society does not extend students' graduation timeline and it can help them explore, revise, and define their professional goals. 

To graduate from the UC College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the university.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution

Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

For any inquiries please contact us at artsci@ucmail.uc.edu

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Andrew Lewis
1102 Crosley
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2303
andrew.lewis@uc.edu

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Program Code: 15BAC-INTR-BIS-INTR-LAW