Legal Studies / Sociology, Bachelor of Science / Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


The study of law and its practical and theoretical implications is greatly informed by the social and cultural forces that impact the origins of legislation, its interpretation, and practice. The dual B.S./M.A. program in Legal Studies and Sociology will allow you to develop both the legal preparation and sociological understanding and research skills necessary to succeed. In the program, you’ll be able to complete both your undergraduate and graduate degrees in just five years of full-time study.

While still working toward your undergraduate Legal Studies degree, you’ll enroll in four approved graduate courses in Sociology. These courses will still apply to your bachelor’s degree if for any reason you do not wish to continue at the master’s level after four years.

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You should apply to the dual B.S/M.A program during the second semester of your sophomore year, in consultation with your undergraduate advisor and the graduate deans. Qualified candidates for the program meet the same entrance requirements for all St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate programs, which include an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least four undergraduate courses in Legal Studies. You are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this dual degree program while enrolled.

During your fifth year of study, you may qualify for a graduate assistantship.

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Career Outcomes

In the dual B.S./M.A. program in Legal Studies and Sociology, you’ll learn how the American legal system works, as well as to collect, analyze, and interpret legal data. Your dual studies will allow you to conduct effective legal research and to understand not only the law itself, but its social and cultural implications. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain through the program will allow you to advance in careers related to civil rights litigation, federal or state prosecution or defense, social justice, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

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Additional Information

Dean Contacts

Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Molly Mann, M.L.S.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Professional Studies
Undergraduate Division

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Success Story

Assistant dean in the College of Professional Studies

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