LEGAL STUDIES MINOR
WHY A LEGAL STUDIES MINOR?
Although professional legal training in the United States takes place at law schools, the study of law and the legal system as a part of American society and culture is an integral part of a liberal arts education. According to the American Legal Studies Association, a Minor in Legal Studies provides alternative approaches to the study of law by exposing the undergraduate to an interdisciplinary curriculum composed of classes in the social sciences, humanities, business, and education.
Legal Studies offers opportunities in many fields. Many positions in the public and private sectors require knowledge of the law or may require interaction with legal professionals. Employers are also seeking graduates who possess the strong thinking, analytical, writing, and research skills, which this minor would seek to develop.
REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF MINOR:
All students pursuing a Minor in Legal Studies (LST) must complete 18 semester credit hours of Required Courses and Elective Courses (see below). In keeping with the intent of a minor to broaden the student’s background knowledge, none of the courses taken by Legal Studies minors may be used to satisfy the requirement of any other major or minor.
A. REQUIRED CORE COURSES (6 hours):
Every student enrolling in the Legal Studies Minor will be required to take:
POL 434W Constitutional Law I: Individual Rights & Liberties (3 hours); and
POL 435W Constitutional Law II: Governmental Powers & State-Federal Relations (3 hours)
These two required core courses provide students with the traditional foundation for understanding the Constitutional underpinnings of the American legal system. The two courses are rigorous and completely law content. They are based on the original opinions of the United States Supreme Court, require scholarly research based on original sources, and employ the Socratic/case study approach used in contemporary legal education.
B. ELECTIVES (12 hours):
Category 1: Law-Related Skills Course (Students will choose 1 course from the following):
COM 382W Persuasion
COM 284 W Argumentation and Debate
ENG 377 W Argument and Persuasion
PHL 362W Introduction to Contemporary Logic
PHL 262W Critical Thinking
Category 2: Substantive Legal Content Courses (Students will choose 3 courses):
Students may only take one course each from a single department, thus ensuring that they are exposed to a broad range of ideas, concepts, and methodologies. Two of the courses must be writing enhanced (W).
CJ 430W Law and Society
CJ 432 Legal Aspects of Corrections
CJ 480 Victimology
CJ 361 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
CJ 362 White Collar Crime
GBA 362 Business Law
GBA 385 Real Estate Law
GBA 363W Human Resources Management Law
GBA 465W International Business Law
HIS 433 W History of the Black Civil Rights Movement
MCM 471 Mass Media Law & Ethics
POL 334 W Judicial Systems
POL 338W Victim’s Rights
POL 395W Environmental Policy
PSY 383 W Psychology and the Law
SOC 333W Age & Inequality
SOC 335W Gender and Inequality
SOC 364 Social Inequality
SOC 465W Race/Ethnic Inequality
Contact: Dr. John C. Domino
Department of Political Science
Sam Houston State University