Legal Studies and Business Ethics Undergraduate Program

Legal Studies and Business Ethics Concentration

Concentration Overview

The Legal Studies and Business Ethics Concentration focuses on the social values, moral concerns, and legal considerations that are essential aspects of business decision making in our global market system. The courses students take in this program help them explore how responsible business leaders can engage ethically and effectively with diverse cultures, corporate stakeholders, government regulators, and legal systems.

Of special value to students seeking to broaden their business education, this concentration also helps them acquire essential, non-quantitative reasoning skills that are required when leaders face difficult choices under conditions of empirical uncertainty and/or moral ambiguity – a frequent occurrence in fast-moving market economies.  Students pursuing this concentration will gain a number of analytic skills, including: identifying moral and legal issues hidden within complex, culturally rich fact patterns; reasoning from moral principles (including both utilitarian, efficiency-based norms and imperatives such as freedom and equality) to specific ethical and legal conclusions; reasoning by analogy between like cases and situations; and arguing from authoritative rules and precedents to specific, logically consistent recommendations for action.

Thus, the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Concentration not only fully satisfies the need for a primary undergraduate concentration, but also complements (for students with the capacity to double concentrate) other, more quantitatively oriented concentrations to be found at the Wharton School in such areas as finance, accounting, statistics, marketing, business analytics, insurance and risk management, operations, and information systems.

Specific Requirements for the Concentration

Four course units are required for the concentration, in addition to one of the department’s two core classes in the "Social Environment" bracket, LGST 101 and LGST 210.  Any four, duly approved departmental electives may be taken to satisfy the concentration requirement. See course list of permanent electives below.  Note that LGST 101 and LGST 210 do not count as electives within the concentration, though students are encouraged to take both courses to broaden their understanding of socially and ethically responsible decision making.

Concentration Courses - link here to see list of courses.

LGST Concentration Advisor:  Professor Phil Nichols, 215-898-9369, JMHH 655, nicholsp@wharton.upenn.edu.

See also at lgstundergradadvisor@wharton.upenn.edu.

The Department’s Undergraduate Advisor should be consulted to craft the best elective choices for any given student, given the wide array of classes available and the diversity of students’ interests in law, ethics, or both.  In short, the Department seeks to specifically tailor its concentration to each student’s special needs and interests.

PLEASE NOTE: Students interested in developing an individualized primary concentration that includes a focus on legal studies or business ethics courses should also consult the department’s Undergraduate Advisor as well as the Wharton Undergraduate Division and will need to complete the appropriate form.  To arrange a consultation, stop by the Department office (600 JMHH) or email the LGST Undergrad Advisor.

Minor in Legal Studies and History

 

Concentration in Social Impact and Responsibility (SIR)

SIR Concentration Advisor: Professor Gwen Gordon, 215-573-7905, JMHH 655,  gwgordon@wharton.upenn.edu 

PLEASE NOTE: The Department’s Social Impact and Responsibility Concentration Advisor should be consulted to craft the best elective choices for any given student, given the wide array of classes available and the diversity of students’ interests in the area of social impact.  In short, the Department seeks to specifically tailor its concentration to each student’s special needs and interests.       

SIR Brochure    SIR Approval Form   SIR Listserv Mailing List

 

Legal Studies course schedule with links to syllabi, and review course descriptions

(For more information or to request admission application forms, see: Wharton Undergraduate Programs)

 

 

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