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Business and Law Major

Business and Law Major

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Meet the high demand of employers who need professionals who develop business solutions from a legal and interdisciplinary perspective. With a business and law major, you’ll be able to solve critical challenges by understanding the fundamentals of law in the context of business. Many jobs need your knowledge of both business and legal concepts but don't require a juris doctor. Impact the future of business by applying your skills in contract negotiations, financial services, real estate development, human resources, corporate social responsibility or corporate governance.

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The undergraduate business and law major requires 24 hours of business and law coursework beyond the Business Foundation and Intermediate Core classes.

Core Classes in the Major (15 Credit Hours)

Courses taught by College of Law faculty (denoted by the BLAW course prefix) require junior standing and a 3.25 GPA or higher.

BLAW 375 – Common Law in Contemporary Society

An examination of the continuing influence of the common law on the resolution of contemporary legal issues. Considers the common law in the context of law created by other law-making institutions. Reviews the law of torts, contracts, and property and explores how traditional doctrines have evolved to govern current social problems, with emphasis on issues impacting business activity.

BLAW 376 – Civil and Criminal Litigation

Examines civil and criminal justice system and key legal concepts that frame the operations of these systems, including jurisdiction and venue, civil and criminal case progression, structure and function of key legal documents, discovery and evidence, civil appeals process, components of criminal responsibility criminal defenses, search and seizure, the privilege against self-incrimination, sentencing issues, and the post-conviction process. Examines issues that arise in business settings.

BLAW 377 – Introduction to Corporate Compliance

Examines relationships between corporate governance, risk and compliance. Identification and discussion of common features of compliance programs and specific regulations affecting corporate compliance. Discussion of the role of risk assessment and ethical considerations.

BLAW 378 – Legislation and Regulation

Introduction to legislation, the structure of the U.S. government, the sources of governmental policy, and the various factors that influence policy and related regulations. Examines considerations that go into legislative and administrative policymaking and how businesses can play a role in shaping legislative and administrative agendas. Analyzes complex language through the art of statutory interpretation.

MNGT 412 – Negotiating and Conflict Resolution

Management in organizational settings requires skillful negotiation. This course will help develop a set of useful negotiation skills and strategies. Course uses a series of negotiation simulations and debriefings that help students learn to identify different types of conflict situations; learn to employ appropriate, purposeful negotiation techniques; and learn to evaluate negotiated outcomes.

Electives in the Major (9 Credit Hours)

The elective courses allows you to focus your studies more narrowly by selecting courses in areas such as international law, employment law, real estate law, financial law, environmental law or civil liberties law.

Select three from the following courses

AECN 357 – Natural Environment and Resource Law

Environmental impact review; air and water pollution control; solid and hazardous waste control; endangered species and habitat preservation; land use regulation; state and federal water rights law.

CRIM 475 – International Criminology and Criminal Justice

Analyzes the dynamics of criminality and the social response to criminality across countries. Differences in crime and justice between developed and developing countries and between socialist and capitalist nations.

CRIM 478 – White Collar Crime

Illegal acts committed by nonphysical means and by concealment or guile, to obtain money or property, to avoid the payment or loss of money or property, or to obtain business or personal advantage.

FINA 382 – Real Estate Principles and Practice

Real estate market: ownership, interests, sales, leases and agencies, special financing institutions, financial aspects of ownership, managerial aspects of brokerage, property valuation and real estate appraising.

MNGT 466 – Regulatory Environment for Employment and Labor

Government regulation of employment and labor relations. Includes laws and agencies relating to employment practices, pay, hours, equal employment opportunity, labor relations, safety, health, pensions and benefits. Social and economic implications of governmental regulation considered.

POLS 345 – Courts, Judges and Lawyers

Role of courts, judges and lawyers in the American legal system and political process. Covers all federal and state courts but emphasizes the US Supreme Court.

POLS 441 – Constitutional Law

Supreme Court doctrine determining the distribution of powers within the national government and between the national government and the state governments.

POLS 442 – Civil Liberties: Freedom of Expression and Conviction

Supreme Court doctrine interpreting the First Amendment, covering freedom of speech, assembly and association; freedom of the press; and freedom of religion.

POLS 443 – Civil Liberties: Issues of Fairness and Equality

Supreme Court doctrine covering the rights of the accused, the right to privacy and the right to racial and sexual equality.

POLS 469 – International Law

Rules and principles accepted by the members of the community of nations as defining their rights and duties, and the procedure employed in protecting their rights and performing their duties.

POLS 470 – International Human Rights

Development of international norms on human rights and attempts to implement those standards. Emphasis on political process, with attention to law, philosophy, economics and culture. Coverage of the United Nations, regional organizations, private agencies and national foreign policies.

PSYC 401 – Psychology and the Law

Survey of the relationships between psychology and the law, legal system and legal process. Issues in research, theory and practice considered.

Career Possibilities

Numerous career opportunities utilize legal knowledge but do not require a juris doctor. You can find relevant jobs in all levels of government, business and many civically engaged organizations. Some positions include:

  • Benefits Administrator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Commercial Developer
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Corporate Ethics Officer
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Health Administrator
  • Insurance Agent/Investigator
  • Legal Technology Consultant
  • Lobbyist
  • Occupational Safety Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Property and Real Estate Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Victim Advocate/Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I major in Business and Law when I'm interested in pre-law?

The business and law major is best suited for students who are not interested in being attorneys but who want to apply legal expertise to careers in business.

Pre-law students interested in business or want to know how to run their own practice one day should consider this major. However, those not interested in business but want to be pre-law should consider the 12-credit-hour law and business minor instead. This way you take advantage of taking law-related classes as an undergraduate, but you don't have to complete the 44 credit hours of supporting business coursework required for the business and law major.

Business and law majors are often double majors. Why is this?

By understanding how the law works and how lawyers think, professionals can work more effectively with both inside and outside legal counsel to develop business strategies, maximize emerging business opportunities, and minimize potential legal risks.

Depending on your career goals, you'll want to pair your business and legal knowledge with a specific skillset. For example, if you want to work in financial services and securities regulation, you may want to pair the business and law major with the finance major. Common double majors include: accounting, agribusiness, agricultural economics, economics, finance, management (human resource management option), political science and supply chain management.

How do I declare this major?

Whether or not you're currently enrolled in the College of Business, you'll need to meet with one of the academic advisors at the College of Business to declare this major. They can help you determine if it's the best fit for you as well as if you meet the major's requirements. The undergraduate law courses require junior standing and a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Incoming students declare the major at New Student Enrollment and must also maintain a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Who teaches the classes?

The business and law major is a unique partnership between College of Business and College of Law faculty. Core business classes are taught by business faculty. The majority of the core classes in the major are taught by law school faculty. Declaring the business and law major or minor allows you to experience law courses as an undergraduate.

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You’ve got countless ways to get involved as a College of Business student.
With 25 student organizations for business students and more than 500 on campus, there’s a club for everyone. Gain experience, make friends, meet employers and become a leader. You can further develop these skills and learn about different cultures by studying abroad in one of our 19 programs.

Connect with an Advisor

Declaring this major starts with a conversation with one of our academic advisors.
Schedule an appointment through MyPlan.

Mostek, Jennifer
Burdic, J. Jeff
Assistant Director
Christensen, Megan
Assistant Director
Light, Ashley
Program Coordinator / Academic Advisor
Davis, Mark S
Academic Advisor
Diaz, Alejandro
Academic Advisor
Starman, Marissa
Academic Advisor
Sueper, Kevin
Academic Advisor
Wesley, Rachel
Academic Advisor