The legal studies minor is an interdisciplinary course of study that allows students to examine the role and development of law from different perspectives within a liberal arts curriculum. Students will be exposed to a range of courses that will strengthen their critical thinking and communication skills, hone their ability to interpret and apply case law, and understand the role and effect of law within various societal contexts. The curriculum is designed to put the student in an optimal position to prepare for the LSAT and ease the transition into law school.
24 hours of coursework as follows:
- Required Course (4 hours).
- PSC 355S Constitutional Law and American Politics
- Rhetoric or Logic (4 hours).
PHIL 210 Symbolic Logic
ENGL/COMM 313W Advanced Rhetoric • Prereq: Engl 101
- Legal Reasoning and Case Law (4-8 hours)
BUS 223 Commercial Law
PSC 324S International Law/Justice • Prereq: PSC 111 or instructor’s permission
PSC/REL 352 Religion and Law
PSC 356 The Politics of Constitutional Rights and Liberties
- Law and Social Sciences (8-12 hours) (may not take more than 2 courses with the same prefix)
- ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics
- ECON 305 Energy Economics • Prereq: ECON 211 [Included in minor]
- ECON 324W Labor Economics • Prereq: ECON 211 [Included in minor]
- ECON 340 International Economics • Prereq: ECON 211 and 212 [211 is included in minor]
- HIS 312 Twentieth Century United States
- HIS 321/322W American Social and Intellectual History
- PHIL 202 Ethics
- PHIL/PSC 309 Social and Political Philosophy
- PSC 335 Presidency, Congress, and Public Policy
- PSC/RSC 395W Native American Sovereignty
- PSC 395S The Politics of the U.S. Supreme Court
- SOC 202 Sociology of the Family • Prereq: SOC 101, 112, or 202
- SOC 310S Urban Sociology
- SOC 317 Race and Ethnicity • Prereq: any introductory level sociology course
- SOC 354 Sex and Gender in Society • Prereq: Soc 101, 112, or 202
Students may use up to eight hours credit from their majors toward the Legal Studies minor. Up to eight hours in coursework in any department may be added from outside this elective list, subject to approval by the Legal Studies advisor. Such additions may involve internships, community service, independent studies, or special topics courses with a strong emphasis on the law.
395. SPECIAL TOPICS in LEGAL STUDIES (1-4 Hours)
Prerequisite: permission of program advisor. This may include a course not on the elective list within a discipline that has a strong legal component, or, an inter-disciplinary course developed by faculty especially for legal studies. On demand.
491-494. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN LEGAL STUDIES
Prerequisite: permission of program advisor and submission of acceptable proposal. Guided independent research of an issue in legal studies. Written report or oral presentation will be required when appropriate. On demand.