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Legal Studies

The minor in legal studies is intended to provide insight into and perspective on the nature and function of law. It is open to students with a wide variety of career goals and academic majors. The program emphasizes legal concepts and institutions as shaping and reflecting substantive values, ethical responsibilities and cultural heritage. The minor is not to be regarded as a prelaw program but is designed to be compatible with and complement various major programs, including those which remain traditional foundations for careers in law.

Students planning a legal studies minor should declare their intention during their sophomore year to ensure that the required courses will fit into their program.

To complete the 24-semester-hour minor in legal studies, students must take the following courses: SOCI:254 Criminal Justice, POLI:215 Law and Politics, ACCT:210 Legal Environment, and POLI:415 Development of American Legal Culture. Eight additional semester hours must be selected from PHIL:122 Resolving Moral Conflicts, POLI:411 Governmental Power and the Constitution, POLI:412 Civil Liberties, Civil Rights and the Constitution, COMM:481 Media Law and Ethics, SOCI:331 Social Control and Deviance, SOCI:253 Crime and Delinquency, COMM:293 Parliamentary Procedure, ACCT:310 Advanced Business Law and ACCT:220 Introduction to Taxation. No more than six semester hours from the legal studies offerings may be counted toward major requirements. Students minoring in legal studies are urged to take additional courses in history, economics, sociology, political science and other related fields.

Further information may be secured from Assistant Professor of Political Science Michele DeMary, coordinator of the Legal Studies Program.

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