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Legal Studies Minor

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The minor in legal studies is for students interested in the study of law and legal institutions and in the relationship of law to other aspects of society and culture. The law extends throughout contemporary political, social, and economic systems, playing an important role in shaping the conduct of life for both individuals and institutions. It is important for students to understand the forces that shape law, the ways laws have been used and understood by a variety of people in differing historical circumstances, and the consequences of law for contemporary life. Political, sociological, historical, and philosophical approaches to legal phenomena are included in the course of study. Recognizing the critical role that law plays in societies, the minor in legal studies is designed to guide students to courses that will deepen and expand their understanding of law as practiced, especially its influence on social and economic institutions.

Required Course--Choose one of the following:

CRIM-215 Law and Society
POLS-200 Law and Society

Elective Courses--Choose four of the following:

CRIM-225 Criminal Law
CRIM-260 Courts
CRIM-315 Evidence
CRIM-489 Major Issues in Criminal Justice
POLS-325 International Law and Organizations
POLS-330 Human Rights in Global Perspective
POLS-425 Constitutional Law
POLS-430 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
POLS-460 Classical Constitutionalism, Virtue and Law
POLS-465 Modern Constitutionalism, Liberty and Equality
COMM-342 Communication Law and Ethics
COMM-362 Law and Ethics of the Press
PHIL-204  Introduction to Logic
PHIL-302  Symbolic Logic
PHIL-304  Philosophy of Law
PHIL-403  Social and Political Philosophy
SOCI-310  U.S. Housing Policy

To declare a minor in Criminal Justice, go to the Registrar's forms website and complete the Minor Aurhtorization/Change form.  Return the completed form to the College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services located in Liberal Arts Hall (LBR) Room 2210 or contact (585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu.