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Philosophy

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.

You 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.

You need to complete 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

Choose one:

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

Elective Courses

Choose four, with no more than two from the same department (not including the core courses listed above).

CRM 1000

Introduction to Criminology
CRM 2200 Corporate and White Collar Crime
CRM 2300 Hate Crimes
CRM 3000 Society and Law
CRM 3050/3050W Female Deviance, Crime and Social Control
CRM 3380/3380W Race, Class and Crime
CRM 3900 Incarceration 
HIS 3435 Contemporary U.S. History
MGT 3320  Legal Environment of Business
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
PHL 3030 Global Justice

POL 2122

Law and Society 
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.