(18 credits)

This program is designed to introduce the student to the nature and significance of law in Western society. Required and elective courses examine

  1. the role of law in America,
  2. the history, organization, and dynamics of legal institutions,
  3. the relationship of law to contemporary social questions,
  4. legal principles governing business, commerce, and labor, and
  5. law in the contemporary international system.
  • Up to three credits of upper-division selected-topic courses (393 or 493), by prior approval of the chair of the Department of Political Science & International Relations, may count for credit in this minor.
  • Courses used to meet the requirements of another major or minor may not be used to meet the requirements of this minor.
  • Students must earn a grade of C- or better in courses used for the Law & Politics minor.
Required Courses (9 Credits)
POL350Introduction to Law 3
POL317The American Judiciary 3
POL351Constitutional Law: National Government 3
or POL352 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
Electives (9 Credits)
Select three of the following:9
Blacks and the American Law
Legal Environment of Business 1
Business Law for Accountants 1
Mass Media Law
Business Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Political Obligation and Punishment
Constitutional Law: National Government 2
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties 2
Criminal Law
Sex Discrimination and the Law
International Law
Juvenile Delinquency
Criminological Theory
Reproductive Law and Policy
Total Credits18

A maximum of three credits of BUS271 Legal Environment of Business or BUS272 Business Law for Accountants may be credited toward the minor.


The Constitutional Law course not taken as a required course may be taken as an elective.