Minor in Legal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • analyze the interdisciplinary literature on justice, law and American society, emphasizing political questions and social science methods and theories; assess the interdisciplinary literature on international law, human rights and global politics, emphasizing political questions and social science methods/theories; and understand the meaning/origins of international human rights norms/standards
  • understand the structure of the American legal system, including the court system, and criminal and civil justice systems, and be able to describe the political economy and organizational structure of judicial decision-making, using tools of social science analysis
  • understand the structure of the international human rights legal system, including governmental and non-governmental institutions on the global, national, and local levels, and be able to describe the political economy and organizational structure of human rights decision making, using tools of social science analysis
  • use tools of legal analysis and argumentation to address political controversies and social conflicts in American society, and human rights controversies, such as terrorism, humanitarian intervention, cultural imperialism, & U.S. foreign policy

Requirements

20 units

Requirements Checklist: Legal Studies Minor

Required

Overview (1 course)

  • POLS 322 Politics of American Justice
  • SOC 354 Sociology of Law

Domestic Justice (1 course)

  • POLS 316 Law, Politics and the National Pastime
  • POLS 323 Lawmaking
  • POLS 327 American Reformers and Revolutionaries
  • POLS 335 Political Power and Constitutional Law
  • POLS 336 Race, Equality and the Law
  • POLS 337 Women and the Law
  • POLS 339 Free Expression and the Constitution
  • POLS 392 American Indian Politics
  • SOC 227 Violence in Society
  • SOC 304 U.S. Inequalities and Social Justice
  • SOC 357 Criminology
  • SOC 367 Environmental Justice
  • HIST 359 The Civil Rights Movement in History and Film
  • PHIL 372 Philosophy of Law
  • MS 311 Communication Law and Policy
  • BUS 301 Business Law 

Global Justice (1 course)

  • POLS 345 Global Economic Justice
  • POLS 350 International Law and Organizations
  • POLS 352 Human Rights and Global Change
  • POLS 369 Asian Politics, Activism, and Justice
  • POLS 380 Social Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • POLS 381 Feminist International Relations
  • POLS 390 Filipino Politics and Justice
  • SOC 233 Gender, Development, and Globalization
  • SOC 302 Global Inequalities and Social Justice
  • SOC 322 Resistance to Corporate Globalization
  • SOC 390 Sociology of Human Rights
  • COMS 364 Communication for Justice and Social Change

Field Placement (1 course)

Students must choose between a law-related placement in a government agency (Politics 396) or in some non-governmental organization (Politics 397 or Sociology 395).

  • POLS 396 Public Administration Internship
    or
    POLS 397 Fieldwork in Public Interest Organizations
    or
    SOC 395 Fieldwork in Sociology

Elective (1 course)

The elective can be satisfied preferably by choosing an additional course in either Domestic Justice or Global Justice, or by choosing a course from additional electives.

  • POLS 315 Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
  • POLS 323 Legislative Process
  • POLS 330 Crime, Law, and the Constitution
  • POLS 363 Housing and Homelessness Policy
  • POLS 367 Public Policy: Drug Policy
  • POLS 368 Public Policy: Punishment
  • POLS 392 Race, Civil Rights and American Presidency
  • POLS 393  Boxing & Social Justice 
  • SOC 325 Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 331 Social Stratification
  • SOC 355 Deviance and Social Control
  • SOC 356 Juvenile
  • SOC 390 Policing
  • HIST 322 The Holocaust
  • HIST 363 Race and Ethnicity in United States History
  • HIST 390 Radical Labor Movements/US History
  • HIST 421 Native Americans in U.S. History: Seminar
  • PHIL 370 Philosophy of Action
  • MS 204 Media, Stereotyping, and Violence
  • COMS 322 Public Relations Law and Ethics
  • PSYC 324 Perspectives: Forensic Psychology
  • ECON 465 Law and Economics
  • BUS 311 Advanced Business Law
  • BUS 313 Employment Law for Managers
  • BUS 314 Personal Law
  • BUS 319   Entrepreneurial Law   
  • BUS 482 Hospitality Law and Human Resource Issues
  • BUS 491 Honors Section: Legal
  • ANTH 390 SP: Race & Env Just/Americas