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B.A. Jurisprudence

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Jurisprudence at California University is the first of its kind in the commonwealth. From its Latin word roots- juris and prudentia- the academic journey demands that the student not only learn about law and legal theorems, but also the wisdom of enactment, the sensibility of its applications and its impact on individual persons-citizens as well as the collective and common interest. The term “juris” has many connotations, including “right,” “just,” “law or codification,” or the idea of a “rule.” The term “prudentia” expressly insists that there be an aligned wisdom as to how to make law; and when to apply and in what circumstances; and when it works better for the nation state.

The degree’s primary aim is to educate a selective pool of students who seek an understanding of law from a legal, philosophical, practical and formative perspective.

The broad goals of the B.A. in Jurisprudence are firmly rooted in the traditional, historic and commonly accepted vision of what an educated person is. Jurisprudence seeks to instill many things, but within the grand scheme of the history of ideas, a fervent and unrivaled appreciation of the role of law to the maintenance of a free society. It tracks and traces the historical underpinnings of jurisprudence, from the time of Plato and Aristotle, through the Middle Ages as posited by Augustine, Gratian and Aquinas to the era of the founding fathers in Locke, Mill, Bentham, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton.

Graduates of the program will discern how law plays out in democratic processes. In addition, the B.A. in Jurisprudence delivers a unique program of instruction and a model for the integration of knowledge and character. From a functional perspective, few majors will afford the accomplished student the deep level of conceptual coverage and analysis as will the jurisprudence major. Finally, the degree hopes to form and habituate future leaders who shall lead with virtue and proper ethics. The B.A. in Jurisprudence will shape and mold not only intellects but also future leaders, and future judges and lawyers, and future citizens who will ask the most profound questions about law and its enactment.

Suggested Eight-Semester Course Sequence

Freshman Year, First Semester-16 credits
ENG 101 English Composition 3 crs.
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
MAT 120 Elementary Topics in Math I
3 crs.
General Education Courses9 crs.

Second Semester-15 credits
Literature Course3 crs.
PSY 100 General Psychology3 crs.
MAT 130 Elementary Topics in Math II3 crs.
General Education Courses6 crs.

Sophomore Year, Third Semester-15 credits
JUR 300 Classical Jurisprudence3 crs.
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses12 crs.

Fourth Semester-15 credits
JUR 310 Medieval Jurisprudence3 crs.
JUR 420 Research Methods in Law and Jurisprudence3 crs.
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses9 crs.

Junior Year, Fifth Semester – 15 credits
JUR 320 Anglo-American Jurisprudence3 crs.
JUR 300-4009 crs.
Electives3 crs.
 Sixth Semester-15 credits
JUR 300-4006 crs.
9 crs.

Senior Year, Seventh Semester-15 credits
JUR 300-4006 crs.
Electives9 crs.
 Eighth Semester-15 credits
JUR 499 Senior Thesis3 crs.
JUR 300-4003 crs.
Electives9 crs.