Law and Justice Minor: Legal Studies

The Legal Studies Concentration is a minor offered by the Law and Justice Program.This innovative program provides students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of laws, legal institutions and processes and their relationships to social, moral, political, and economic issues.

This minor enables students to focus their course of study around their specific career goals and can be combined with any major program.Students with a wide range of career interests in law, business, social policy, social work, and victim advocacy, will benefit from learning to approach law from diverse disciplinary perspectives. As recommended for pre-law study by the Association of American Law Schools, this minor provides a broad based disciplinary and skills enhancing curriculum ideal for those considering legal careers.

Law and Justice Minor with a Legal Studies Concentration

Requirements for the Legal Studies Concentration (21 semester hours)*

Category I**: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Law
At least three courses from the following:
Baccalaureate Honors
BHP-209Honors Seminar: Law and the Arts 
BHP-211Honors Seminar: Theories of Justice and the American Common Law 
BHP-322Honors Seminar: The Guilty and the Innocent: Assessing Blame and Determining Punishment in Literature and Law 
COM-301Communication Law 
HIS-301Constitutional History of the United States 
Law and Justice
LAW-140Introductory Seminar in Law and Justice 
LAW-150Introduction to Forensics 
LAW-204Law, Literature, and Film in America (LAW 204 also satisfies a Literature Core Requirement)
LAW-210Criminal Investigation
LAW-302Crime and Justice in the Media (Formerly LAW-405) 
LAW-304Women and Law 
LAW-305Trial Advocacy 
LAW-307Criminal Justice Practice (Formerly LAW-207)
LAW-308Conflict and Conflict Resolution 
LAW-310Cyberspace Law and Policy 
LAW-355Sports and the Law 
LAW-365Rights of the Accused 
LAW-395Selected Topics in Law and Justice 
LAW-401Hate Crimes in the United States 
LAW-490Law and Justice Independent Study 
LAW-491Law and Justice Internship
LAW-496Law and Justice Honors Thesis 
Legal Studies
BUS-210Introduction to Law: Contracts 
BUS-211Commercial Law (Pre-requisite: BUS-210)
BUS-214Advanced Business Law (Pre-requisite: BUS-210)
BUS-300Social and Legal Environment of Business (Pre-requisite: Junior or Senior Standing)
BUS-315Health Care Law, Ethics, and Policy (Pre-requisite: Junior or Senior Standing)
BUS-444Selected Topics in Business Policy and Environment (Pre-requisite: To be determined by instructor)
Human Resource Management
HRM-313Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management (Pre-requisite: MGT-310)
PHL-303Philosophy of Law 
Political Science
POL-260Politics of Law and Order 
POL-300U.S. Constitutional Law 
POL-301Civil Liberties in the United States 
PSY-279Psychology and Law (Pre-requisite: PSY 100) 
SOC-219Introduction to Criminal Justice: Police, Courts and Corrections 
SOC-246Drugs, Crime and American Society 
SOC-313Gender & Criminal Justice 
SOC-317Law and Lawyers 
SOC-319White Collar & Corporate Crime 
SOC-321Punishment and Corrections 
SOC-342Police and American Society  
SOC-343Policing and Counter Terrorism 
SOC-345Race and Crime 
*Pre-requisite: SOC-101.
Category II: Law-Related Courses
A maximum of two courses from the following:
Note: Students may take up to six additional credits from Category I instead of Category II.
COM-251Interpersonal Communication 
COM-252Intercultural Communication 
COM-302Communication Ethics 
COM-322Argumentation and Debate (Pre-requisite: COM-104 or COM-290)
Human Resource Management
HRM-312Introduction to Labor Relations (Pre-requisite: MGT-310)
PHL-202Social Philosophy 
PHL-203Business Ethics 
PHL-360Contemporary Ethics 
Political Science
POL-326Power in American Politics 
POL-327Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy 
POL-361The Judicial Process 
SOC-206Theories of Deviance and Crime [Formerly Deviance and Crime]
SOC-216Youth and Crime 
SOC-340Power and Politics 
SOC-242Police and American Society 
SOC-243Policing and Counter Terrorism 
SOC-350Social Policy 
*Pre-requisite: SOC-101.
Category III: Theory/Application
One course from the following:
LAW-305Trial Advocacy 
LAW-307Criminal Justice Practice [Formerly LAW-207]
LAW-308Conflict and Conflict Resolution 
LAW-490Law and Justice Independent Study 
LAW-491Law and Justice Internship 
LAW-496Law and Justice Honors Thesis 
Category IV
LAW-450Law and Justice Senior Seminar (Required for all seniors in the minor)3

**No more than three courses from the same department may be counted toward the minor.

†These courses may count toward Category III only with the permission of the director of the program.

††No LAW course may be used more than once to fulfill minor requirements.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.