Law and Society, Minor

The Law and Society Minor program gives students the opportunity to study and understand the law within a sociological framework, by examining both the factors that affect variations in the law, as well as how those variations affect individuals and populations differently. In addition to a theoretical foundation in Sociology, students in the minor will study issues involving the state, its relationship to other institutions such as religions, corporations, civil liberties, the organization of courts, punishment and detention, legislatures, international bodies and trade agreements (such as NAFTA and the EU), race, class and gender and discrimination, reproductive rights, LGBT rights and the legal profession in general. Although the focus of this minor will be on U.S. laws and the U.S. society, laws and societies of other countries as well as international law and the international society will be used for comparative analysis.

The minor prepares students interested in the broad aspects of legal regulations and social organization. It is for students who are interested in graduate studies in law, applied community organizations, or business.

Minor Requirements
Core Requirements
SOCI 1000Introduction to Sociology1
SOCI 2000Sociological Research Methods1
SOCI 1120Law and Society1
Additional Electives
Select 2 course units of Additional Electives2
Sociology or Related Course
Select 1 course unit of Sociology or Related course1
Total Course Units6

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.