Minor in Law and Society

The Minor in Law and Society offers an interdisciplinary study of the interaction of law and legal institutions and contemporary society. It is designed to provide an appreciation and recognition of the impact of law and legal institutions on society and the ways law is shaped by the values, behavior, and organization of social, economic, and political systems. Courses from the Departments of Economics, Geography, Political Science, Urban and Regional Planning, and Sociology, Public Administration and Philosophy are included.

A minor in Law and Society shall consist of at least five courses from the designated Law and Society curriculum. Students are required to include Introduction to Law and Society (POS 3691) and either Sociology of Law (SYP 3540), Economics and the Law (ECP 3451), or Legal and Administrative Issues in America (PAD 4604) as two of the five courses. The remaining courses come from the list of approved courses.


Law and Society (POS 3691) AND at least one of the following:

ECP 3451 Economics and The Law

SYP 3540 Sociology of Law

PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law

Choose any three courses from at least two departmental lists below:


ECO 4504 Public Sector Economics (Prerequisite: ECO 2023)

ECO 4554 Economics of State and Local Government (Prerequisite: ECO 2023)

ECP 3451 Economics and the Law (Prerequisite: ECO 2000 or 2023)

ECP 4413 Government Regulation of Business (Prerequisite: ECO 2023)

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences:

ISS 4164 Intersections, Power, and Policy

ISS 4159 Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Equality


GEO 4340 Living in a Hazardous Environment

GEO 4357 Environmental Conflict and Economic Development

Political Science:

INR 4075 International Human Rights

POS 3691 Introduction to Law and Society

POS 4284 Courts, Law, and Politics

POS 4424 Legislative Systems

POS 4606 The Supreme Court in American Politics

POS 4624 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights

PHM 3331 Modern Political Thought

PHM 4340 Contemporary Political Thought


SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations

SYG 2010 Social Problems

SYO 3530 Social Classes and Inequality

SYO 4300 Sociology of Politics

SYP 3540 Sociology of Law

Urban and Regional Planning:

URP 4022 Collective Decision Making (Prerequisites: URP 3000 or instructor permission)


IDS 3358 Making the Argument: Symbolic Logic and Forms of Good Reasoning

PHI 2100 Reasoning and Critical Thinking

PHI 3130 Introduction to Symbolic Logic

PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law

PHM 3351 Philosophy of Human Rights

Other Courses:

SOP 3751 Psychology and The Law

CJL 4064 Individual Rights and the Criminal Justice System

CCJ4663 Women, Crime, and Justice