Law and the Liberal Arts

  • Law and the Liberal Arts

    Nancy Schauber, Coordinator (Philosophy)

    Law and the liberal arts is an interdisciplinary minor that consists of courses from across the curriculum. The courses that count toward the minor are among those that are generally recommended by law schools for students thinking about going to law school. The purpose of the courses within the minor is to prepare one to think critically and analytically as a well-rounded liberal artist. The courses are divided into eight areas: law, American history, economics, ethics, legal system, logical reasoning, public speaking and debate, and writing.

  • Minor

    The Law and the Liberal Arts Minor

    Note: Students must receive a C (2.0) or above for these courses to count toward the minor. No course taken for less than half a unit will count towards the minor.

    Six units, including:

    • One unit in Area 1

    • Five units from at least five of the remaining areas

    • No more than three of the courses to be applied toward the minor may be from any one department.

    • At least two courses must be at the 300-level or higher to count toward the minor. No more than two courses at the 100-level may count toward the minor.

    • Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.

    • AREA 1: LAW

      • ECON-231 Law and Economics

      • PHIL-260 Philosophical Problems in Law and Society

      • PHIL-364 Philosophy of Law

      • PHIL-381 Topics Seminar Issues I (appropriate when the subject relates primarily to law and is approved by the Law and Liberal Arts Advisory Council)

      • PLSC-331 Constitutional Law

      • PLSC-333 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

      • PLSC 336 SCOTUS & Criminal Procedure

      • PLSC-339 Jurisprudence and Contemporary American Politics

      • PLSC-379 Selected Topics (appropriate when the subject relates primarily to law and the course is approved by the law and the liberal arts advisory council)

      • RHCS-353 Rhetoric and Law


      • HIST-199 The Tokyo Trials

      • HIST-199 Church and State in Early America

      • HIST-199 Liberty vs Security: Free Speech from Jefferson to Lincoln

      • HIST-200 Colonial America

      • HIST-218 State and Society in Modern America

      • HIST-299 ST: Transnational Abolitionism

      • HIST-391 Transnational Social Reform

      • HIST-400  Senior Seminar: The Alien and Sedition Acts

      • HIST 901 AP US History (counts as 100-level class)


    • AREA 4: ETHICS

      • ECON-233 Ethics and Economics

      • LDST-210 Justice and Civil Society

      • LDST-377 Ethical Decision Making - Health Care

      • PHIL-120 Contemporary Moral Issues

      • PHIL-265 Bioethics

      • PHIL-269 Environmental Ethics

      • PHIL-360 Ethics

      • PHIL-365 Action, Responsibility, and Free Will

      • PHIL-375 Ethics and Practical Reasoning

      • PHIL-381 Topics Seminar Issues I (appropriate when the subject relates primarily to law and is approved by the Law and Liberal Arts Advisory Council)

      • RELG-267 Varieties of Christian Ethics


      • ANTH-335 Law and Order: the Anthropology of Justice

      • CLSC-320 Cultural Property: Archaeology, Ethics, and Law

      • PLSC-337 Legal System

      • SOC-207 Crime and Justice in a Post-Modern Society




      • ENGL-383 Introduction to Composition Theory and Pedagogy

      • PHIL-353 Philosophical Methods: Majors'/Minors' Seminar