The law and society minor draws on an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law and legal institutions and their impact on society and vice versa. Students pursuing this minor have the opportunity to study origins, actors, institutional frameworks, cultural development and theoretical foundations of law as it relates to society. The minor draws from the insights and tools of various social science and humanities disciplines including, but not limited to: sociology, criminology, anthropology, social work and political science.

The law and society minor is fulfilled by successfully completing six courses (two from required areas and four elective courses [from at least two academic disciplines]) with a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Required Courses (six credits):

  • Introduction to the Law

Choose one of the following (students may take both*):

  • Social Reality of Crime and Justice
  • Law and Society

Elective Courses (12 credits):

  • Culture, Law and Violence
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • The Legal and Regulatory Environment of International Business
  • Media Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
  • Comparative Justice Systems
  • Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Race, Crime and Punishment
  • Evidence
  • Philosophy of Law
  • History and Philosophy of Crime and Punishment
  • Justice and Power
  • American Constitutional Law and its Development
  • The Politics of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Courts and Public Policy
  • International Law
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Social Reality of Crime and Justice*
  • Law and Society*
  • Immigrants and Their Communities
  • Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

* A course can apply to only one requirement area (i.e. required or elective courses).