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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, and ACCT:210 Legal Environment. Twelve additional semester hours must be selected from the following (at least one of these electives must be at the 300 or 400 level): ACCT:220 Introduction to Taxation; ACCT:310 Advanced Business Law; COMM:293 Parliamentary Procedure; COMM:481 Media Law and Ethics; EENV:335 Environmental Laws and Regulations; PHIL:122 Resolving Moral Conflicts; POLI:335 International Organizations and Law; POLI:411 Governmental Power and the Constitution; POLI:412 Civil Liberties, Civil Rights and the Constitution; POLI:415 Development of American Legal Culture; SOCI:253 Crime and Delinquency; SOCI:331 Social Control and Deviance; and LGST:505 Internship in Legal Studies. 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 Associate Professor of Political Science Michele DeMary, coordinator of the Legal Studies Program.

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