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 a 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:

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