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Philosophy

Law, Ethics and Society Minor

The Law Ethics and Society Minor is a multi-disciplinary liberal arts minor that emphasizes the relationship between legal, social and ethical issues.   The purpose of the minor is to enable students to develop an understanding of social and ethical issues that relate to the law.  Students will examine the role of the legal system and specific legal issues from the perspective of the humanities and the social sciences.   

This minor is intended for students who plan on attending law school, students who are interested in pursuing other law-related careers, and students who are simply interested in learning more about the role of law in our society.  In order to ensure that this minor provides students with a good preparation for law school, it has been developed in accordance with the American Bar Association’s Statement on Pre-Law Preparation.1

The minor requires the completion of a minimum of 18 credits, with a minimum of five courses chosen from the list below and distributed so that no more than two elective courses can be taken from the same department.

Faculty Advisor

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Sandra Raponi Ph.D., J.D.

Course Requirements

Students must choose one of the following core courses:

  • PHL 3020 Philosophy of Law 
  • POL 2122 Law and Society
  • SOC 3120 Sociology of Law  

Elective Courses

No more than 2 non-core courses can be taken from the same department.

  • HIS 2329 American Social History
  • HIS 3425 Contemporary United States History
  • MGT 3320 Employment Law and Labor Relations 
  • MGT 3330 Legal Environment of Business
  • PHL 2030 Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHL 2040 Introduction to Political Philosophy 
  • PHL 2060 Biomedical Ethics 
  • PHL 2070 Environmental Ethics
  • PHL 2080 Approaches to Ethics
  • PHL 2500 Theories of Justice
  • PHL 3020 Philosophy of Law [core course]
  • PHL 3030 Global Justice
  • POL 2122 Law and Society [core course]
  • POL 2181 American Political Thought 
  • POL 2510 International Politics
  • POL 3150 Criminal Law 
  • POL 3151 American Constitutional Law 
  • POL 3152 Civil Liberties  
  • SOC 3050 Female Deviance, Crime, & Social Control 
  • SOC 3060 White Collar Crime
  • SOC 3120 Sociology of Law [core course]
  • SOC 3200 Criminology and Penology 
  • SOC 3350 Alternate Approaches to Criminal Justice
  • SOC 3700 Hate Crimes
  • WGS 3710 Gender and the Law 

Experiential Component

It is strongly recommended that students participate in an experiential learning component, such as Moot Court, an internship in law or social justice, or Ethics Bowl.  One of the four Elective courses may be fulfilled with an experiential learning component. To explore qualifying options, students should speak with their Minor advisor.

1.  See the Pre-Law Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s “Statement On Prelaw Preparation”: http://www.lsac.org/JD/Think/prelaw-preparation.asp#path.