This minor provides students with a foundation in logical reasoning and develops their ability to analyze and communicate complex ideas. Through a minor in law and policy, students will develop a broad appreciation of the role of law and policy in their field of study, whether it is in environmental science, business, communications, social work, psychology or another field. This minor allows students to benefit from this particular aspect of the PP&E curriculum while not requiring them to take the full PP&E curriculum.
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.
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.
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)
- TPOLS 363 Law and Society
- TECON 100 Understanding Economics or TECON 200/TBECON 220 Introduction to Microeconomics
Law and Policy elective courses (15 credits)
- TCOM 454 Communications Law
- TCOM 480 Political Economy of the Media
- TCOM 481 Communication Regulation and Policy
- TCRIM 435 Terrorism and the U.S. Criminal Justice System
- TCRIM 440 Fundamental of Criminal Law
- TECON 360 Poverty in Developing Countries
- TECON 416 Current Topics in US Public Policy
- TECON 420 Economics of Education
- TECON 421 Environmental Policy
- TESC 345 Pollution and Public Policy
- THIST 410 Early American Politics and Law
- TPHIL 414 Philosophy of Law
- TPOLS 305 Campaigns and Elections
- TPOLS 311 International Human Rights
- TPOLS 320 American Constitutional Law
- TPOLS 325 Issues in Local Government
- TPOLS 328 International Organizations
- TPOLS 340 Middle East Politics
- TPOLS 353 U.S. Congress
- TPOLS 361 United States Courts and Civil Liberty
- TPOLS 363 Law in Society
- TPOLS 368 The Politics and Law of International Human Rights
- TPOLS 382 State Government
- TPOLS 405 Advanced Campaigns and Elections
- TPOLS 422 International Humanitarian Law
- TPOLS 425 Comparative Social Policy
- TPOLS 438 Environmental Law
- TPOLS 439 WA Environmental Law
- TPOLS 440 American Foreign Policy in the Middle East
- TPOLS 452 Minorities and the Law
- TPOLS 465 Law and Public Policy in the United States
- TURB 345 Urban Government and Organization
- TURB 420 Cities and the Constitution
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.