Legal Studies
Offered by the Philosophy, and Political Science departments.

“The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give everyone his due.” — Justinian Code, A.D. 533.

The legal studies minor defines an area of study within the liberal arts. It includes courses that examine legal institutions from a humanistic or social science perspective.

Minor requirements

Legal Studies Minor Worksheet

Students are required to take a minimum of five semester courses in the minor, with at least one at the 300-level.. Although it is possible to take only courses in philosophy and political science, courses from related fields, including sociology and psychology, may be included or substituted with the approval of one of the coordinators.


At least two required:
PHIL 255 Feminism, Philosophy and the Law
PHIL 260 How Judges Reason
PHIL 265 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 321 Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy

Political Science

At least two required:
POLS 291 Judicial Politics
POLS 309 International Law and Organization
POLS 341 Constitutional Law I: The Supreme Court and the Constitution
POLS 351 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Stephen Mathis

Associate Professor of Philosophy