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Undergraduate Certificate in Law, Justice & Culture

Students from All Majors Invited To Apply

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture invites Ohio University undergraduate students from all majors to apply for the Certificate in Law, Justice & Culture.

The certificate program brings together interdisciplinary coursework from Anthropology, Criminology, History, Interdisciplinary Arts, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and other departments to provide students with intellectual training in a "law and society" perspective. It also provides opportunities for faculty mentoring through research projects, internships, study abroad, and career guidance.

Enrollment in the certificate program is a competitive process modeled after selection for law and graduate schools. Students with an overall GPA of 3.4 or above are eligible for 25 slots per year. During the fall application cycle, students are asked to submit a statement of intent as well as a current transcript. Those who do not meet the GPA requirement may submit an optional essay explaining their qualifications.

Once accepted into the program, Law, Justice & Culture students enroll in LJC 2000: Core Course in Law, Justice & Culture, offered annually in the spring. They are required to take at least one LJC elective course outside of their major to ensure that they are exposed to interdisciplinary perspectives. As they proceed through the certificate coursework, LJC students participate in the intellectual life of the Center and engage in practice-oriented learning opportunities such as internships and research projects, all dealing with issues such as democratic governance, social justice, and human rights.

The program will be appropriate for students who plan to pursue professions in law, rights advocacy, justice administration, public policy, government, nonprofit organizations, and academic research and teaching.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses

  • POLS 2200 The Politics of Law
  • SOC 2600 Criminal Justice
  • LJC 2000 Core Course for Certificate in Law, Justice & Culture.

Elective Courses

Students must take 9 hours from the following list of courses that address law's formative and constitutive role in cultural, political, and social life.

The three advanced courses must be distributed across two different major programs, with at least one course outside the student's major(s).

  • ANTH 4620 Human Rights, Law and Justice
  • ANTH 3530 Anthropology of Violence and Peace
  • COMS 4604 Responsibilities and Freedom of Speech in Communication
  • HIST 3520 Roman Law & Society
  • PHIL 4420 Philosophy of Law
  • POLS 4010 American Constitutional Law
  • POLS 4015 Constitutional Politics
  • POLS 4210 The Politics of Law and Sexuality
  • POLS 4550 International Law
  • POLS 4555 Transitional Justice
  • POLS 4565 International Human Rights
  • POLS 4751 Critical Race Theory
  • POLS 4752 The Politics of Intersectionality
  • POLS 4753 American Whiteness
  • POLS 4770 Legal Theory and Social Problems
  • SOC 3600 Criminology
  • SOC 3630 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 3640 Police and Society
  • SOC 3650 Sociology of Mental Illness
  • SOC 3660 Punishment and Society
  • SOC 4620 Sociology of the Courts
  • SOC 4640 Law in Societies
  • SOC 4680 Crimes Against Humanity
  • SW 3602 Social Welfare Policy

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