Law and Justice

The Law and Justice minor enhances students’ knowledge and skills with regards to critical analysis of social, political and ethical issues.

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The Law and Justice minor is an interdisciplinary approach to student learning with courses in disciplines, departments, and schools across the University. This minor enhances students’ knowledge and skills with regards to critical analysis of social, political and ethical issues. 

Students explore the relationship between social justice, laws, theories, governments, and institutions in the United States and across the globe, as well as group dynamics. Topics are related to the constitution, legal environments, criminal justice, and the judiciary system as they impact social change.

Students will take 5 courses to complete the minor: 2 required courses and 3 electives. No more than two electives can be taken in any one department. Courses from across the university may be selected with permission from the minor’s director.

Required Courses

PHIL/POLS 232Theories of Justice4
SOCI 280Sociology of the Law4

Elective Courses (chose any 3)

BUS 180Business Law4
BUS 225The Manager and the Legal Environment4
ECON 235From Farm to Table: The Political Economy of Food Systems (Learning Community course)4
ENG 179Human Rights and Global Literature4
PHIL 123Symbolic Logic PHIL 225 Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Information Technology4
POLS 168Criminal Law (Learning Community Course)4
POLS 214Constitutional Law: The Modern Court4
POLS 216The American Judiciary and Legal Issues4
POLS 220International Organization and Law4
POLS 223Human Rights: The Basic Dilemmas4
SOCI 220Working for Social Justice4
SOCI 222Organizing for Social Change4

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Our Faculty

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Dawna Thomas

  • Professor and Chair of Critical Race, Gender and Cultural Studies
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Kristina Pechulis

  • Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Lee Family Foundation Fellowship Program