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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 major 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.

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 .5 units will count towards the minor.

6 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
PLSC 331 Constitutional Law
PLSC 333 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
PLSC 352 International Law
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

Area 2: American History

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)
PLSC 336 American Constitutional History

Area 3: Economics

ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 105 Introduction to Global Economics

Area 4: Ethics

ECON 233 Ethics and Economics
LDST 205 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
RELG 267 Varieties of Christian Ethics
BUAD 392 Ethical, Social and Legal Responsibilities

Area 5: Legal System

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
SOC 324 Law and Society

Area 6: Logical Reasoning

CMSC 150 Introduction to Computing
CMSC 155 Introduction to Scientific Computing
MATH 300 Fundamentals of Abstract Mathematics
PHIL 251 Elementary Symbolic Logic

Area 7: Public Speaking and Debate

RHCS 343 Rhetoric and Politics
PLSC 290 Mock Trial (.5 units)

Area 8: Writing

ENGL 383 Introduction to Composition Theory and Pedagogy
PHIL 353 Philosophical Methods: Majors'/Minors' Seminar

Contact Information

Students who are interested in pursuing the minor in law and the liberal arts should contact philosophy professor Nancy Schauber.