• Department of Humanities &
    Catholic Social Thought


  • Legal Studies

    Legal Studies Program

    Laws of Man, Service of God

    Man-made laws and legal systems exist to serve man's final end--reaching heaven. To make sure the laws of the state encourage and enable this pursuit there must be legal professionals in all levels who understand the natural law--that part of God's eternal law which guides human behavior--and recognize that no law can be a just law if it in any way violates the natural law.

    The Legal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program which analyzes American law in light of natural law principles while providing competence in legal research and writing. It prepares those bound for law school, governmental service, or allied professions with the ability to think critically and address human rights and life issues through a degree program. For those who simply desire a liberal arts education, this program provides background in bio-ethics, humanities, jurisprudence, with professional skills enabling them to be effective advocates of social justice in the public square.


    Sample Program | Course Descriptions

    FIRST YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Law and Culture Legal Research & Writing
    Foundations of Politics & Gov. Metaphysics
    Philosophy of Human Person Christian Moral Principles
    Foundations of Catholicism History Core
    Elem. Foreign Language or Elective Elem. Foreign Language or Elective
    SECOND YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Survey of American Law I Survey of American Law II
    History of U.S. I History of the U. S. II
    Foundations of Ethics Interm Foreign Lang. requirement
    Interm Foreign Lang. requirement Natural Science Core
    Natural Science Core Literature Core
    THIRD YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Natural Law History of Law
    Politics, Economics & Social Encycl. or Catholic Social Teaching Legal Studies Elective
    Life Issues and the Law Catholic Social Teaching
    Scripture & Tradition Amer. Constitutional Law
    Math or Economics Core Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core
      Literature Core
    FOURTH YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    LST Elective Legal Studies Elective
    Elective Coordinating Seminar
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective
      Elective

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