Legal Studies

Dr. Sara M. Butler, Director, Department of History, (504) 865-2099


Law is central to everything we do in life, and in many ways its relationship with justice defines who we are as a people. This interdisciplinary minor provides students with a broad knowledge of various judicial systems, the skills required to communicate in a legal environment, the ability to analyze and understand contemporary legal issues, and a background in ethics, humanities, and jurisprudence in order to help them become effective advocates of social justice. This program is not intended to be a pre-law minor.

The Legal Studies minor requires students to take seven courses, spread across at least two colleges and three departments. No more than two courses may come from the same department. Students may not use a course from their major to fulfill a minor requirement.

Selected Courses:
Business: Legal Environment of Business 
History: Medieval Crime and Community
Sociology: Correctional Institutions

Minor Requirements

The Legal Studies minor requires the following 21 credit hours:

College of Business

  • LGST B200 Business Law I
  • LGST B205 Legal Environment of Business
  • LGST B310 Law for International Business
  • ECON B330 Law and Economics

College of Humanities and Natural Sciences

Languages and Cultures

  • CLHU U238 Justice in Greek Literature


  • ENGL V234 Literature and Justice


  • HIST A230 U.S. Legal History I
  • HIST A231 U.S. Legal History II
  • HIST A232 American Trials
  • HIST A305 Medieval Crime and Community


  • PHIL A225 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL V234 Medical Ethics

Religious Studies

  • RELS A400 Theology of Vatican II
  • RELS U396 Law: Ancient World
  • RELS V344 Social Policy and the Christian

College of Music and Fine Arts

Music Industries

  • MUIN M205 Legal Issues in the Music Industry

College of Social Sciences

Mass Communication

  • CMMN A355 Covering the Courts
  • CMMN A401 Law of Mass Communication
  • CMMN A451 Media and American Courts

Criminal Justice

  • CRJU C105 Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRJU C110 Criminology: Fundamentals
  • CRJU C313 Criminal Evidence
  • CRJU C345 Seminar: Constitutional Law
  • CRJU C380 Ethics and Politics of Criminal Justice
  • CRJU C405 Criminal Law
  • CRJU C430 Legal Research and Writing

Political Science

  • POLS A212 The Legislative Process
  • POLS A218 Courts/Judges/Politics
  • POLS A300 Constitutional Law I
  • POLS A301 Constitutional Law II
  • POLS A340 Law among Nations
  • POLS X252 The Bill of Rights


  • SOCI A215 Criminal Behavior
  • SOCI A216 Law and Social Control
  • SOCI A333 Correctional Institutions
  • SOCI A416 Gender, Law, and Social Control
  • SOCI X252 Violence and Society
Total 21 hrs.

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