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Legal Studies Minor

Semester Requirements

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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 in which 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. The minor is designed to deepen and expand student's understanding of law as practiced, especially its influence on social and economic institutions.

Course
Required Course
Choose one of the following
   CRIM-215    Law and Society
   POLS-200    Law and Society
Electives
Choose four of the following
   COMM-342    Communication Law and Ethics
   COMM-362    Law and Ethics of the Press
   CRIM-225    Criminal Law
   CRIM-260    Courts
   CRIM-315    Evidence
   CRIM-489    Major Issues in Criminal Justice
   PHIL-204    Introduction to Logic
   PHIL-302    Symbolic Logic
   PHIL-304    Philosophy of Law
   PHIL-403    Social and Political Philosophy
   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
   SOCI-310

   U.S. Housing Policy

Please note: Students majoring in communication, criminal justice, philosophy, or political science may only count one course from their home department toward the requirements of the 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:
0513-464 Law and Society

Elective Courses—Choose two courses from each group

Group A: Theoretical and Historical Approaches to Law
0501-444 Concepts in Criminal Law
0501-522 Victimless Crime
0507-446 American Slavery, American Freedom
0507-467 Disabilities in American History
0507-495 The Civil Rights Movement in 20th Century U.S. History
0509-446 Philosophy of Law
0513-457 Constitutional Law
0513-463 First Amendment, Liberty, and Deliberative Democracy
0513-514 Political Theory
0515-509 Social Policy
0535-448 Rhetoric of Free Speech

Group B: Operations and Impacts of Law
0501-402 Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity
0501-405 Major Issues in the Criminal Justice System*
0501-409 Legal Rights of the Offender
0501-456 Courts
0501-506 Evidence
0501-527 Seminar in Law
0508-484 Environmental Policy
0513-447 Human Rights and Global Perspectives
0513-456 Judicial Process
0513-460 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
0513-465 Modern Constitutionalism, Equality, and Liberty
0513-487 International Law and Organizations

* Major Issues (0501-405) may include any of the following topics: Fundamentals of Legal Research I, Cyberlaw, Issues in Criminal Prosecution, or Federal Crime and Justice.