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Law, Ethics and Society Minor

The law, ethics and society minor is a multidisciplinary liberal arts minor that emphasizes the relationship among legal, social and ethical issues.

Students in the minor will examine the role of the legal system and specific legal issues from the perspective of the humanities and the social sciences.   

This minor is intended for students who plan on attending law school, are interested in pursuing other law-related careers or are simply interested in learning more about the role of law in our society. The program was developed in accordance with the American Bar Association’s Statement on Pre-Law Preparation.

The minor requires the completion of a minimum of 18 credits, with a minimum of five courses chosen from the list below and distributed so that no more than two elective courses can be taken from the same department.

Course Requirements

Students must choose one of the following core courses:

  • PHL 3020 Philosophy of Law
  • POL 2122 Law and Society
  • CRM 3000 Society and Law

Elective Courses

No more than two noncore courses can be taken from the same department.

  • CRM 1000 Introduction to Criminology
  • CRM 2200 Corporate and White Collar Crime
  • CRM 2300 Hate Crimes
  • CRM 3000 Society and Law [core course]
  • CRM 3380/3380 (W) Race, Class and Crime
  • CRM 3050/3050 (W) Female Deviance, Crime and Social Control
  • CRM 3900 Incarceration
  • MGT 3320 Employment Law and Labor Relations 
  • MGT 3330 Legal Environment of Business
  • PHL 2030 Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHL 2040 Introduction to Political Philosophy 
  • PHL 2060 Biomedical Ethics 
  • PHL 2070 Environmental Ethics
  • PHL 2080 Approaches to Ethics
  • PHL 2500 Theories of Justice
  • PHL 3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
  • PHL 3020 Philosophy of Law [core course]
  • PHL 3030 Global Justice
  • POL 2122 Law and Society [core course]
  • POL 2181 American Political Thought 
  • POL 2510 International Politics
  • POL 3150 Criminal Law 
  • POL 3151 American Constitutional Law 
  • POL 3152 Civil Liberties  
  • RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives
  • SOJ 1000 Introduction to Social Justice
  • WGS 2200 Gender and Social Movements
  • WGS 3710 Gender and the Law 
  • WGS 3720 Gender, Immigration and the Law

Experiential Component

It is strongly recommended that students participate in an experiential learning component, such as moot court, an internship in law or social justice, or Ethics Bowl. One of the four elective courses may be fulfilled with an experiential learning component. To explore qualifying options, students should speak with their minor adviser.

More Information

Lisa Fuller
Acting Faculty Adviser