Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Legal Studies, Minor (409)

Advisor: Dr. Patricia Minter
Email: patricia.minter@wku.edu
Cherry Hall, Office 206
Phone: (270) 745-5098
Website: http://www.wku.edu/legal-studies/

Legal Studies

The Legal Studies minor provides students an interdisciplinary perspective while fostering greater understanding of the law as it relates to history, the sciences, and ethics in the United States and around the world.  While this minor will appeal to pre-law students, it can also serve as a background for a wide variety of careers, including public administration, academics, government, homeland security, non-governmental organizations and law enforcement. 

Why Legal Studies?

Legal Studies allows students from a broad range of disciplines to focus their studies using their own majors as a launching point for exploring how the study of law cuts across disciplinary lines.  It offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, including philosophy and ethics, American legal history, political process, constitutional law, sociology and criminal justice, business, journalism and broadcasting, economics and property law, and environmental law and regulations. 

Legal Studies prepares students for a wide variety of careers in law, business, journalism and broadcasting, public policy, and sciences.  A future FBI agent, attorney, or advisor to a Fortune 500 company will need to understand not only environmental law, for example, but also the history of law in the United States as well as the ethical underpinnings of business law and ethics.  For science majors, Legal Studies provides an interdisciplinary supplement to their major.

Program Requirements (24 hours)

Required Courses
HIST 445American Legal History to 18653
HIST 446American Legal History Since 18653
PS 326Constitutional Law3
Restricted Electives
POD 1:
Select one of the following:3
Ethical Theory
Press Law and Ethics
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Government and Ethics
POD 2:
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Management and Law
Psychology and Law
Sociology of Criminal Law
POD 3:
Select one of the following:3
Economics, Law, and Public Choice
Legal Environment of Business
Business Law
General Electives
Select two of the following: 16
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Economics, Law, and Public Choice
Environmental Management and Law
History of the Civil Rights Movement in America
Press Law and Ethics
Legal Environment of Business
Employment Law
Biomedical Ethics
Social Ethics
Ethical Theory
Philosophy of Law
Judicial Process
Civil Liberties
Government and Ethics
Psychology and Law
Racial Justice
Criminology
Juvenile Delinquency
Special Topics in Criminology
Sociology of Criminal Law
Select a three-credit service-learning component in consultation with the program director
Total Hours24

Students should consult with the program director for the suggested sequence of studies and for course prerequisites.