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Associate of Arts in Legal Studies

The Associate of Arts in Legal Studies is a multidisciplinary degree that combines general education core courses with introductory elements of Criminal Justice, Human Resource Leadership, Human Development, and Ministry to prepare working professionals to better address legal and societal influences within their daily job functions and positively respond within the communities they serve.

The Course Requirements of 64 semester credit hours for the degree program Associate of Arts Legal Studies include general education courses (20 semester hours), program-specific courses (28 semester hours), a foundation course (4 semester hours), and elective courses (12 semester hours).

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts in Legal Studies Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Analyze evidence as necessary to make reasoned recommendations within the workplace.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the United States, the purpose of the US Constitution, the role of government branches, and the ways by which citizens are afforded various legal protections.
  3. Relate a basic understanding of social and/or religious concepts that influence human development within society.

Degree Completion

Students desiring to enroll in the Associate of Arts (AA) in Legal Studies degree program should make an application for admission online.  Continuous participation in the program until all requirements of the AA are met is mandatory for graduation.  If a student decides to discontinue work on the AA he or she may do so by submitting a change of degree application.

A degree completion fee is charged to all students who petition the University for graduation.  The application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  A credit of this fee will be applied to the student’s account if he or she goes into the bachelor’s program after completing the Associate of Arts degree.

Only one degree will be awarded in a given semester.  An associate degree and a bachelor’s degree will not be awarded simultaneously.

Graduation Requirements for the Associate of Arts in Legal Studies

Before being graduated with an Associate of Arts in Legal Studies, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete at least 64 semester hours of which at least 20 semester hours must be taken with Amridge University;
  2. Complete all required coursework for the respective degree;
  3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

The Course Requirements of 64 semester credit hours for the degree program Associate of Arts in Legal Studies includes general education courses (20 semester hours), program-specific courses (16 semester hours), a foundation course (4 semester hours), and elective courses (24 semester hours).

Core General Education Courses
Communication
EH 1401 English Composition I
4
Humanities/Fine Arts
HM 2410 Introduction to Ethics
4
Mathematics
MH 1403 College Algebra
-OR-
MH 1404 Finite Math
4
Natural Science
HE 1401 Health
-OR-
HE 1405 Human Nutrition
-OR-
SC 1410 Introduction to Life Sciences
-OR-
BY 2401 Biology I
4
Social/Behavioral Sciences
PG 2401 General Psychology
4
Total Core General Education Course Hours 20
Concentration Courses
Select 1 from the following:
BS 2410 Business Policy
– OR –
EH 1411 Technical Writing
4
Select 2 from the following:
GT 2401 You and the American Government
– OR –
HY 1401 United States History I
– OR –
HY 1402 United States History II
8
Select 3 from the following:
BS 3430 Business Law
– OR –
HD 4420 Human Resource Management
– OR –
HD 4422 Employment Law for Organizations
– OR –
LJ 3405 Criminal Law
– OR –
LJ 4401 Constitutional Law
12
Select 1 from the following:
HD4408 Thinking About Race, Class, and Gender
– OR –
LJ 3445 Criminology
– OR –
PH 4401 World Views: Islam, Humanism, Marxism, Christianity
4
Total Concentration Course Hours 28
Foundational Course
FD 1412 Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program) 4
Total Foundational and Capstone Course Hours for the Associate of Arts in Legal Studies 4
Elective Course Hours (select from 1000-2000 level courses) 12
Total Hours for the Associate of Arts in Legal StudiesDegree  64

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