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B.S. in Law & Society

The Bachelor of Science degree in Law & Society, based at the Sage College of Albany, involves students in the interdisciplinary study of law, criminal justice, and psychology, with a focus on understanding the relationship between law and human behavior and the role of law in society.

The major is designed to give students an understanding of the interaction of law and legal institutions with social, economic and political systems. The program combines academic study with experiential learning opportunities to help the student make the transition from liberal inquiry to professional application. It is a program for students who are looking to use their education to make a difference to others, in their communities and in  the world.

Each student in Law and Society completes a core curriculum comprised of cross-disciplinary courses, an internship, an ethics course, and a culminating capstone experience. Coursework and internships help students focus their  interests and make career choices more evident, and this permits them to select coursework that best prepares them for their field of choice. As part of the major, students must complete at least one pathway. Students may request additional pathways be added based on their career goals.

Note: While this program is based on the Albany campus, some of the courses are also offered on the Troy campus. Russell Sage College students completing the Law and Society program will be required to take many of their major requirements on the Albany campus.

Law & Society Pathways

As part of the major, students must complete at least one pathway. Students may request additional pathways be added based on their career goals.

  • Criminal Justice
  • Legal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Meet Our Students

Nicholas Haas
Malone, NY

Nicholas Haas

Career Goals:
“My overall career goal is to one day hold public office. Shooting for a Senate seat, fingers crossed.”

Why Law & Society?
“I’ve always had this bizarre love for history and politics. Something about the way that the law and society evolve and mold each other just fascinates me. Upon entering college, it only made sense for me to follow my passion into the Law and Society program.” 

What is/was your favorite class at SCA?
“My favorite class at SCA has been Current Constitutional Issues. While challenging, Current Constitutional Issues allows students to attack issues from both an ethical and legal perspective through an open forum of debate. Perfect class for a politically inclined mind.”

Have you completed an internship yet?
I am currently applying for the New York State Assembly Internship.

Any extra-curricular activities you’ve been involved with?
While at Sage, I have participated in the cross country team, track and field team, and was an E-board member of the Law and Society Organization.

Brittany Wafer
Clifton Park, NY

Brittany Wafer

Career Goals:
I am interested in child advocacy and law. 

Why Law & Society?
“I watched different kinds of television shows about criminal justice and law as a child. I knew that I wanted to be involved with justice and fixing the criminal justice system.” 

What is/was your favorite class at SCA?
My favorite class is Humanities with Professor Gokey.

Any extra-curricular activities you’ve been involved with?
I am a Student Ambassador for Admissions, a Student Mentor, a Member of the “Sage Select Leadership Program,” and a Student Assistant to an Admissions Counselor.

 

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