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

Sociology and Anthropology


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 combined Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Arts (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 will 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 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.

Dean Contacts

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Graduate Division
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College of Professional Studies, Undergraduate Division

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Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this combined degree program.

Current St. John’s University undergraduates interested in applying to a combined degree program or pathway should consult the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies and their undergraduate academic Dean.

Career Outcomes

In the B.S./M.A. program in Legal Studies and Sociology, you learn how the American legal system works, as well as to collect, analyze, and interpret legal data. Your combined 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 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.