Multidisciplinary Studies with Legal Studies Concentration

  • Credits: 120
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The baccalaureate program in multidisciplinary studies at Cambridge College is a flexible option for students who are attending college for the first time or returning after years away. The program develops academic and workplace skills for success and knowledge across a variety of academic fields. It is ideal for students who have broad academic interests and a desire to continue enhancing their knowledge throughout their lives. The program is very flexible, supporting each student’s interests with a wide selection of liberal arts courses to choose from.

The Legal Studies concentration introduces students to the history and function of the American legal system and provides students interested in pursuing a law career with a basic understanding and knowledge of various aspects of law school and the legal profession. 


Program Outcomes                                     

Specific learning outcomes of the Multidisciplinary Studies degree with Legal Studies concentration include:

  • Critical Thinking, Logic, and Analysis
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Information Literacy and Computer Sciences
  • Understanding of the scope and relevance of the arts and humanities throughout history and within contemporary society
  • Integration of Scientific Thought and Analysis 
  • Understanding of intercultural and intra-cultural concepts within the social sciences
  • Develop an understanding of the history and evolution of the US legal system
  • Appreciate the scope and implications of civil liberties and social justice in the US
  • Gain working knowledge of the structure of legal systems and legal processes in the US
  • Acquire an understanding of the different branches of government, and their impact and influence on our legal system
  • Recognize how legal processes and practices shape our communities and society
  • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities.

Careers and Further Study:

Students will acquire a vocabulary in concepts and methods of critical thinking and will gain the skills necessary to navigate and manage complex systems, obtain fulfilling employment, and compete in the working world. Students will develop persuasive oral communication and writing skills and be prepared to utilize them in their employment and graduate study. With these transferrable skills and broad-based knowledge, our graduates will be equipped to take on new and unforeseen challenges in this fast-paced and quickly changing world.

Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers, often working in schools, community organizations and services, government agencies, and businesses. Many go on to graduate study in fields ranging from education, to law, to business management.

Program Chair

Laura Ziman


General Education - Learning to Learn

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may by waived if you have taken equivalent courses and assessment indicates proficiency. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an Annotated Bibliograph and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
Information Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Information literacy is necessary for lifelong learning and career advancement. It is the ability to analyze problems, research and select relevant information, create an effective presentation from that information, and, when appropriate, publish it in print or electronic formats. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to apply principles of information literacy to their academic and professional lives. A problem-centered approach is used. Students use the Internet and e-mail news groups, file transfer and Netscape, and search engines. They learn to evaluate the credibility of information and use problem-solving paradigms.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
General Education - Arts and Humanities
General Education - Natural and Physical Sciences
General Education - Social Sciences
General Education - Open Electives
Multidisciplinary Major - Arts and Humanities

Upper level courses (300 level and above).

Multidisciplinary Major - Natural and Physical Sciences

Upper level courses (300 level and above).

Multidisciplinary Major - Social Sciences

Upper level courses (300 level and above).

Multidisciplinary Major - Electives

Upper level courses (300 level and above).

Multidisciplinary Major - Capstone
Multidisciplinary Studies Capstone
BAM 490 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: 90 credits minimum, including WRT101 and WRT102. The Capstone is a comprehensive research project which is the culminating academic activity that helps to synthesize students’ learning in the undergraduate multidisciplinary program. It is an opportunity to explore a topic of personal or professional interest in the field of multidisciplinary studies and to create an original project or piece of research that contributes to the field. The Capstone is 25-30 pages in length and follows a research paper format appropriate to the field of study. Students work together in class and meet or communicate individually with the instructor as needed. Those who take an additional term to complete the Capstone must register for BAM491 and pass before graduating.
Legal Studies Required Courses
Introduction to Legal Studies
JUS 205 3 credit(s)
Introduction to Legal Studies introduces students to the legal system and the legal profession in the United States. The course will explore theoretical and historical influences on the American legal system and the practice of law, the origins of the legal system in English common law, the sources of American law, including an overview of the Constitution, state and federal status, the court system, and the legislative and trial process. Students will explore the legal profession and the varied roles assumed by the legal professional in contemporary society. Students will gain an understanding of the emergence of specialized areas of law and the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a law career.
Crime and Criminal Justice
JUS 200 3 credit(s)
This course provides an introduction to the nature of the crime problem in the United States, including patterns of victimization and offending and the ways in which the criminal justice system responds to these behaviors.
Introduction to Social Justice
JUS 225 3 credit(s)
Social Justice, the state where conditions are met for all of creation to survive and flourish, is the bedrock which supports all other forms of justice. This course examines the understanding of Social Justice tradition that has developed over the last century. Principles of power, community, and responsibility will be examined in light of practical political and social problems - racism, sexism, hunger, poverty and environmental issues.
Forensic Psychology
PSY 328 3 credit(s)
This course is an introduction to the field of forensic psychology and examines how psychological theory and practice intersect with the law, the legal system and the field of criminal justice. It will offer a broad perspective of the field and will cover the role that psychology has played in an number of related areas including: theories of crime and criminal behavior, the nature of eyewitness tertimony, criminal investigation, the psychological evaluation and understanding of criminal suspets and jury selection.
Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender Reconciliation
JUS 435 3 credit(s)
An alternative to the retributive model of justice, Restorative justice offers a reconciliation model in which the victim, the offender, and the broader community can work toward a more personal and satisfying response to juvenile crime. The emergence and growth of several models such as balanced and restorative justice, VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program), and circle conferencing are viewed within the context of adolescent offending. Attention is paid to issues of age, gender, and culture in various methods of conflict resolution.
Human Services Internship I
BHS 470 3 credit(s)
Internship experience gives students opportunity to practice knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and to become familiar with the structure and functioning of organizations and community agencies. Under agency supervision, students provide counseling, advocacy, research, information, referral, and similar services, and then document and reflect on their activities. The accompanying seminar includes students from varied placements, who give and receive feedback on case presentations and agency and organization issues. All internships sites must be approved in advance by the concentration director and close ties are maintained between the agency supervisor and the course instructor. Students wishing to use their place of employment as a site should contact the concentration director to start the approval process before signing up for this course. The parameters (number of hours, days, etc.) are negotiated between the site, the student, and the College; and a joint contract is signed. Site supervisors must be immediately available to students, and must provide weekly individual or small group supervision. Students should be at their field sites approximately 6-8 hours a week and participate in a 2-hour/week seminar. Satisfactory completion requires satisfactory work at the site and the College seminar. Internship II continues Internship I or covers a new or special internship situation; offered as a focused study.
Legal Studies Electives

Other electives may be substituted with approval of program chair.

American Immigration Law and Policy
JUS 368 3 credit(s)
This class explores many of the major trends in the history of American immigration and the legal and policy structures developed over time to regulate the flow of immigrant populations into the country. The course examines the politics and debates that have shaped major policy shifts since 1965, when the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965 marked a radical departure from a system of preference based on national origin, up to and including the immigration debate today. The class will be taught from a multidisciplinary perspective utilizing short readings drawn from legal and government documents, newspaper articles, historical essays, and oral histories to inspire class discussion and personal reflection.
Intro to Juvenile Justice
JUS 350 3 credit(s)
This course introduces the history and principles of juvenile justice, focusing on delinquent behavior in the context of adolescence, family, and social/environmental factors. The course explores various societal responses to problem behavior from colonial time to the present, including various community-based and residential program models, and current national debates on treatment vs. punishment of juvenile offenders.
Youth and the Law
JUS 356 3 credit(s)
This course examines current legislative and judicial systems and practices of dealing with youth who have not reached the age of majority. Issues pertaining to due process, deinstitutionalization and waiver to the adult system are explored. Benefits and liabilities of the Massachusetts juvenile courts are analyzed .

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

General Requirements

Official Transcript: High school or GED
One Completed Recommendation Form
Personal Statement

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State Requirements

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International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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