College of Business & Economics
The major in business administration with a concentration in legal studies prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for a productive business career or successful legal study. In an increasingly complex business world and regulatory environment, business people need more than a passing acquaintance with the law and legal issues. Legal studies students study law with a grounding in business fundamentals—including accounting, marketing, management—to help them appreciate how legal issues affect business decision making. In addition, the legal studies program contributes to students’ critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills development.
An undergraduate business degree in legal studies focuses on applied business and decision-making. A student need not major in legal studies to be qualified for law school; nevertheless, the legal studies concentration will provide a student with the necessary tools for a career in business or law school success.
Students are offered courses covering foundational business law topics such as contracts, torts, and crime as well as cutting-edge legal issues in cyber law, employment law, and estate planning. The legal studies concentration also allows students to tailor a curriculum that prepares them for many business and law-related careers and activities including regulatory compliance, fraud prevention and investigation, risk management, real estate, government, court systems and legislation, conflict management and much more.
Admission to the business administration major is selective. Students are admitted to the major on a competitive basis after first being admitted to the university. Before applying to the business administration major students must first declare a “pre-Business Administration” major and complete the lower-level prerequisites and other requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty adviser each term to evaluate their progress in completing the requirements for admission to the major.