Recognizing the critical role that law plays in societies, the minor in legal studies provides students with courses that deepen and expand their understanding of law as practiced, especially its influence on social, political, and economic institutions.
Notes about this minor:
- Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
- Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
|Choose one of the following:|
|CRIM-215||Law and Society|
|POLS-200||Law and Society|
|Choose four of the following:*|
|COMM-342||Communication Law and Ethics|
|COMM-362||Law and Ethics of the Press|
|CRIM-489||Major Issues in Criminal Justice|
|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-430||Constitutional Rights and Liberties|
|POLS-460||Classical Constitutionalism, Virtue, and Law|
|POLS-464||Modern Constitutionalism, Liberty, and Equality|
|SOCI-310||U.S. Housing Policy|
* Students majoring in criminal justice, philosophy, or political science may only count one course from their home department toward the requirements of the minor.
Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
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.
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
0501-527 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.