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Majors & Minors

Legal Studies

The legal studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that gives students the opportunity to examine law from a variety of perspectives.

While the minor should be useful for those who may be thinking of attending law school, it should not be considered a program in pre-professional training. However, this minor aims to:

  • Educate students in broadly relevant analytical skills
  • Introduce students to what it means to study a social phenomenon from a variety of perspectives
  • Help students obtain a better understanding of law and the multiple functions it plays in a variety of societies
  • Encourage writing and develop writing skills
  • Stimulate greater interaction among faculty interested in law and society

Students who plan to declare a minor in legal studies should work with a legal studies minor advisor to create a course plan. The program requires a minimum of six courses and can fulfill either the humanities (H) or social sciences (S) divisional requirement, depending on the course plan.

To count as a humanities minor, students must take at least three humanities courses (all English and philosophy courses, except PHL 110, are humanities courses). To count as a social sciences minor, students must take at least three social sciences courses (anthropology, economics, history, political science, and sociology courses are social sciences courses).

No more than two courses used for the student’s major(s) may be used toward the minor.

Program Management and Advisors

Students who want to declare a legal studies minor or who just want to discuss questions about a legal studies minor should see:


Students must take a total of six courses from the lists below, with at least:

The remaining two required courses can come from any category.

Analytical Techniques

ECO/PSC 288: Game Theory (S)
ENG 135: Debate (H)
ENG 280: Advanced Debate (H)
PHL 105: Reason and Argument (H)
PHL 110: Introductory Logic
PSC 107: Introduction to Positive Political Theory (S)
PSC 202: Argument in Political Science (S)
PSC 281: Formal Models in Political Sciences (S)

 Legal Studies (at least one required)

ANT 230: Post-Conflict Justice (S)
ANT 231: (IL)Legal Anthropology (S)
CAS 304: Urban Crime and Justice
EDU 490: Higher Education Law
LAW 205: Business Law
PH 230: Law in Public Health Practice (S)
PH 236: Health Care and Law (S)
PHL 223: Social and Political Philosophy (H)
PHL 226: Philosophy of Law (H)
PSC  212: Supreme Court in US History (S)
PSC 223: Constitutional Structures and Rights (S)
PSC 234: Law and Politics in the United States (S)
PSC 239/IR 239: International Environmental Law (S)
PSC 240: Criminal Procedures and Constitutional Principles (S)
PSC 242: Research Practicum in Criminal Justice Reform (S)
PSC 246: Environmental Law and Policy (S)
PSC 291: First Amendment and Religion (S)
REL 182: Religion and Law (H)

Cognate Courses (at least one required)

ANT 104: Contemporary Issues and Anthropology (S)
ANT 202: Modern Social Theory (S)
ANT 205: Theories and Debates in Anthropology (S)
ECO 220: Fair Allocation (S)
ENG 286: Presidential Rhetoric (H)
HIS 164: Democratic America (S)
HIS 166: Recent America (S)
HIS 204: History of Global and International Health (S)
HIS 228: British History to 1485 (S)
HIS 260: American Thought I (S)
HIS 261: American Thought II (S)
HIS 269: The Civil War (S)
HIS 362W: American Thought (S)
PHL 103: Contemporary Moral Problems (H)
PHL 225: Ethical Decisions in Medicine (H)
PHL 230: Environmental Justice (H)
PSC 209: Interest Groups in America (S)
PSC 215: American Elections (S)
PSC 218: Emergence of the Modern Congress (S)
PSC 263: Comparative Law and Courts (S)
PSC 284: Democratic Theory (S)
PSC 287: Theories of Political Economy (S)
PSC 291: First Amendment and Religion (S)
REL 266/FMS 265: Guilt (H)