Law, Public Policy and Society
Are you intrigued by how laws are designed, interpreted, applied, and work in the courtroom? Do you want to know more about how law and public policy shape the social, political, environmental, and economic world around you? Perhaps you want to work in law enforcement, the courts, or the legal field? Or, maybe you want to advocate for others? The Law, Public Policy, and Society study span the humanities and the social sciences, incorporating disciplines, such as criminal justice, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and communications. Careers in this field include law or court clerk, paralegal, legal aid worker, social worker, advocacy and policy worker, and more.
MSJC offers a range of course work to prepare students for the workforce or to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. All four-year institutions prescribe their own standards for course evaluation and admissions. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an associate degree in this program might not be the same as those required for transfer into a similar major at a four-year university.
Transfer students are advised to do research on prospective majors and careers through the Career/Transfer Center and the MSJC catalog. Students interested in transferring to CSU’s or UC’s can access major preparation by visiting http://www.assist.org. All students are advised to meet with a counselor at least once a semester to create or update their comprehensive education plan.
- Analyze social science concepts and theories using critical thinking.
- Evaluate diverse viewpoints related to human experience and produce evidence-based arguments.
- Identify and explain the institutions that make up the American political system including the legal fields.
- Develop communication skills and demonstrate the ability to write and speak to persuade a diversity of audiences.
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Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer. Labor market statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, O-NET, EMSI.
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|Law, Public Policy, and Society||Career field may be wide and varied. See counselor or SUCCESS! Coach for more information.|
(degree required: SM some college, C: Certificate, A: Associate degree, B: Bachelor’s degree, M: Master’s degree, D: Doctorate)