Law and Policy minor

The Law and Policy minor provides students with a foundation in logical reasoning and develops their ability to analyze and communicate complex ideas.

Note: PP&E and Law and Policy major students cannot minor in Law and Policy.

Objectives of minor

Graduates with a minor in law and policy develop a solid understanding of the law and legal institutions, of the relationship between legal thinking and social institutions and of public policy analysis. The law and public policy minor will assist students in preparing for careers in teaching, journalism, business and law, as well as for admission to graduate programs in public policy, law, business, international studies, journalism and related fields.

Educational outcomes

Law and policy is a broad intellectual field that analyzes state-society relations and their implications for public accountability, public policy and competent government. In this sense it encompasses the study of politics, economics and philosophy. A study of law and policy emphasizes clear and logical thinking. Students will develop the ability to think through complex problems and to analyze and express complicated ideas. Such skills are in demand in a wide variety of areas including commerce and industry, politics, the media and public services. Students completing a minor in Law and Policy should be able to:

  • Engage in and employ sophisticated and logical reasoning;
  • Examine and explain the role of law in understanding governing structures and public policies;
  • Analyze the relationship between law and policy and other areas of inquiry.

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Law and Policy minor course requirements

All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Please see an advisor to discuss details.

Students may request to transfer up to 10 credits to be applied toward the courses fulfilling the minor.

Note: PPE and Law and Policy students can not minor in Law and Policy.

Required core courses (10 credits)

Law and Policy elective courses (15 credits)

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How to declare

You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.

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