The College of Law offers an undergraduate minor in law, policy, and society that makes the law a centerpiece for interdisciplinary inquiry into the diverse ways in which societies-notably, but not exclusively, American society-have sought to achieve order and justice through appeals to recognized authority. The law, policy and society minor enables students to explore law as a diverse human effort to achieve collective order without sacrificing individuality or the freedoms of minorities. The use of law as an instrument for effecting change and improvement in human societies is examined in historical and present-day contexts. Areas that students may pursue through coursework in the minor include, for example, morality, responsibility, theories of punishment, the American legal system, American Indian law, international law, legal and political philosophy, literature, sports, the death penalty, sex crimes, climate and the environment, copyrights and intellectual property, and the Internet as a space both for self-expression and for piracy and other controversial activities. While this minor is not designed as a “pre-law” program, students with an interest in eventually attending law school will find much that is interesting and useful in the program.
The minor in law, policy and society requires a minimum of two 1000-2000 level courses (six credit hours) and two upper-level courses (six credit hours), for a total of 12 hours. Courses must be selected from the undergraduate law (LAWU) courses offered by the College of Law.