The Law and Society Minor

The Politics Department offers a minor in Law and Society. This minor is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who wish to learn how social forces influence the legal system and how law affects society.

Law is central to the organization of society. It shapes what it means to be female or male, a child or adult, a citizen or non-citizen. Law determines the quality of our water and food; the rights we have to sue or be sued; how we are protected by law enforcement or from law enforcement. As the influence of legal institutions in society grows, understanding the place of law in our social, political, economic and cultural life becomes increasingly important.

The Law and Society minor is open to all undergraduates. It helps prepare students for a wide range of professional opportunities in justice-related careers in law and related professions. For more information contact a member of the Politics Department faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this minor will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationships among legal, social, and ethical issues
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal process
  • Critically analyze the role of law in its political, economic and social context;
  • Demonstrate skill in oral and written expression and critical thinking
  • Integrate theoretical and practical understanding of law and society concepts


Complete six courses. At least four courses must be upper-division. The six courses shall include:

  • One overview course (American Legal Institutions)
  • One course from a list of Domestic Justice courses
  • One course from a list of Global Justice courses
  • One course from a list of Skills courses
  • One course from a list of Field Placement courses
  • One elective course. The elective may be an additional course from either the Domestic Justice or Global   Justice lists, or a course chosen from a list of additional electives.