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College of Arts and Sciences

Law and Society Minor

Are you interested in the law as both a field of study and a potential career? The Law and Society minor is designed to excite your interest in the law, get you reading, thinking and writing critically about it, and encourage you to think about the complexities of the role of law in society.

According to the American Bar Association, if you’re interested in a law-related career, you “are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education.” This minor will allow you to follow the ABA’s advice.

Requirements

 The Law and Society minor consists of 18 credit hours or six courses.

  • Two courses (six hours) must be chosen from offerings listed under “Foundational Courses” (Group A).
  • Four courses (12 hours) must be chosen from offerings listed under “Specialized Courses” (Group B).
  • Departmental or Honors College special topics courses focused on law and society may satisfy minor requirements in either group A or B if pre-approved by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Student Affairs and Advising in Flinn Hall.

 

Group A: Foundational

(choose two courses or six hours from this group):

ANTH 102      Understanding Other Cultures
ANTH 230      Diversity in the United States
ECON 224      Introduction to Economics
HIST 201        American Founding Documents
PHIL 101        Special Topics in Philosophy
PHIL 102        Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 103        Special Topics in Ethics and Values
PHIL 114        Introduction to Formal Logic I
PHIL 115        Introduction to Formal Logic II Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in PHIL 114 or PHIL 110, or a department-approved equivalent
PHIL 211        Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 212        Images of the Human Person
PHIL 213 [=SPCH 213] Communicating Moral Issues
POLI  109       Controversies in Public Policy
POLI 201        American National Government
POLI 202        Policies and Functions of American Government Prerequisites: POLI 201
SPCH 140       Public Communication
SPCH 213 [=PHIL 213] Communicating Moral Issues
SPCH 260       Argumentation and Debate

Group B: Specialized

(Choose 4 courses or 12 hours from this group):

ACCT 324      Survey of Commercial Law
ANTH 353      Anthropology of Law and Conflict
ECON 508      Law and Economics Prerequisites: ECON 221 and 222, or ECON 224
ENGL 340      Literature and Law Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and 102 or equivalent
ENGL 387 [=SPCH 387] Introduction to Rhetoric Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and 102 or equivalent
ENGL 462      Technical Writing Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and 102 or equivalent
ENGL 463      Business Writing Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and 102 or equivalent
FAMS 308 [=GLST 308] Global Media Industries
GEOG 515      Political Geography
GLST 308 [=FAMS 308] Global Media Industries
HIST 469        Constitutional History of the United States I
HIST 470        Constitutional History of the United States II
HRTM 357     Hotel and Restaurant Law Prerequisites: TSTM 240
HRTM 382     Travel and Tourism Law Prerequisites: TSTM 240
JOUR  303      Law and Ethics of Mass Communication
MGMT 407    Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Management Prerequisites:                                   MGMT 371
PHIL 320        Ethics
PHIL 330 [=POLI 300] Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 331        Crime and Justice
PHIL 329        Law and Religion
PHIL 352        Freedom and Human Interaction
POLI 300 [=PHIL 330] Social and Political Philosophy      
POLI 302        Classical and Medieval Political Theory
POLI 303        Modern Political Theory
POLI 304        Contemporary Political Theory
POLI 352 [=WGST 352] Gender and Politics
POLI 420        International Law
POLI 421        Law and Contemporary International Problems
POLI 450        Constitutional Law
POLI 451        Constitutional Law
POLI 452        The Judicial Process
POLI 453        Moot Court and Legal Research
POLI 454 [=WGST 454] Women and the Law
POLI 554        Law and Society
RELG 339       Law in Religious Traditions
RETL 525       Law for Retailers Prerequisites: SPTE 240 or equivalent
RETL 530       Fashion and the Law Prerequisites: SPTE 240 or equivalent
SLIS 415         Social Informatics
SOCY 309      An Introduction to Social Inequality
SOCY 340      Introduction to Social Problems
SOCY 353 [=CRJU 341] Sociology of Crime
SOCY 507      Sociology of Social Control
SOCY 540      Sociology of Law Prerequisites: Any 300-level Sociology course
SPCH 331       Organizational Communication
SPCH 380       Persuasive Communication
SPCH 387 [=ENGL 387] Introduction to Rhetoric
SPCH 448       Contemporary Political Rhetoric
SPCH 543       Communication, Law, and Society
SPTE 240        Business Law
SPTE 320        Sport and the Law Prerequisites: SPTE 240 or equivalent
SPTE 402        Entertainment and the Law Prerequisites: SPTE 240 or equivalent
WGST 352 [=POLI 352] Gender and Politics
WGST 454 [=POLI 454] Women and the Law

Please refer to the academic bulletin for updated information.

 


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