Coordinator: Michael Rabinder James

The Legal Studies minor requires at least five courses, one course from each of the five categories listed below. No more than three of these courses may be in a single department. Courses applied to the Legal Studies minor may not also be applied to the student's major.

1. Case Law

ENST 260: Environmental Law
IREL 255/POLS 278: International Law
MGMT (ACFM) 220: Business Law I
POLS 241: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights
POLS 242: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
RELI 280: Religion and Constitutional Law

2. Law and Social Science

POLS 240: The American Congress
POLS 244: American Judicial Politics
POLS 375: Analyzing Legislatures
SOCI 123: Law and Society
SOCI 234: Criminology
SOCI 239: Deviance and Identity
SOCI 251: Violence and Society
SOCI 433: Seminar in Law and Society
WMST/SOCI 332: Women and the Penal System

3. Legal Theory

ENGL 361: Law and Literature
PHIL 100: The Fields and Functions of Philosophy: Law, Morality, and Society
PHIL 246: Philosophy of Law
POLS 260: Topics in Legal Thought
POLS 261: Twentieth-century American Legal Thought
POLS 263: Race and Ethnicity in American Legal Thought
POLS 362: Seminar: American Constitutional Theory

4. Ethics

ENST 255: Environmental Justice
PHIL 213: Ethics
PHIL 214: Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 228: Contemporary Ethical Theory
POLS 210: Political Theory
POLS 256: Topics in Social and Political Ethics
RELI 125: Introduction to Ethics
RELI 220: Comparative Religious Ethics
RELI 226: Environmental Ethics
RELI 227: Bioethics: Issues in Ethics, Medicine, and the Life Sciences
UNIV 228: Legal and Ethical Issues of the Press

5. Integrative Course: Students must take one of the following courses which seek to provide a broader understanding of the philosophical or social underpinnings of law in general.

PHIL 246: Philosophy of Law
POLS 362: Seminar: American Constitutional Theory
SOCI 433: Seminar in Law and Society

This requirement may also be satisfied through an independent study course taken with any member of the faculty who teaches courses in categories 1-3. The student must submit a written proposal along with the sponsoring faculty member's endorsement to the Legal Studies coordinator. Registration for an independent study in Legal Studies uses the following course abbreviation.

IDPT 319/320: Interdepartmental Independent Studies: Legal Studies

 

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