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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorDr. Robert Saunders
Chair, Social Sciences Division

Senior Administrative AssistantMs. Jody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building

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Legal Studies, AA

Are You Considering  Law School?

Gulf Coast State College students who wish to pursue a career in law require no particular major or transfer track of “law” studies. As undergraduates, students will be encouraged to pursue broadly based studies emphasizing analytical reasoning writing, and oral expression. Students will be expected to show a capacity to perform at an academically rigorous level. Among the many majors approved by the American Bar Association are business, computer science, economics, English, history, linguistics, math, natural sciences, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Students may pursue a university transfer track in business, English, one of the social sciences, or follow the general education curriculum. Students are encouraged to investigate the admissions requirements of the university, baccalaureate degree, and law school they wish to attend.

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Legal Studies Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English II
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Select 6 hours:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics
Physical Science
Biological Science
Behavioral Science
CCJ 1010, Introduction to Criminology
CCJ 1020, Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJL 2100, Criminal Law
CJL 2130, Evidence
CGS 1570, Microcomputer Application
SYG 2000, Sociology
PSY 2012, Psychology
SPC 1608, Introduction to Public Speaking

What can you do with Legal Studies Associate of Arts?

In this field, people find careers as:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Drug Enforcement Administration
Prosecuting Attorneys
Defense Attorneys
Probation and Parole Officers
 US Marshall’s Service
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
 Internal Revenue Service
 Central Intelligence Agency

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
Florida State University
University of Miami
Jacksonville University
Florida International University
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Are you ready to get started?

Apply to  GCSC

Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.


Register for Classes

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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.