Political Science

Minor in Law and Legal Reasoning

The minor in law and legal reasoning provides a coherent grouping of courses from different disciplines, examining the foundations and applications of the law.  Specifically, the minor is designed to provide students with the knowledge of substantive law, along with the following skills: legal analysis and reasoning, oral advocacy, research and writing.

Minor in Law and Legal Reasoning

PLSC 1320 Introduction to American Politics and Government is a prerequisite to the minor.  In addition to taking PLSC 1320, students must take a minimum of 18 hours selected from the following:


Six (6) semester hours of Required Courses       

PLSC 3330 Law, Politics, and the Supreme Court or PLSC 3325 Introduction to Law
COMM 3327 Argumentation and Advocacy or COMM 3345 Persuasion Theory and Practice

Twelve (12) semester hours of Electives (one or more courses from the following);

COMM 2300 Public Speaking
COMM 2310 Rhetoric, Community, and Public Deliberation
COMM 3300 Free Speech and the First Amendment
COMM 3327 Argumentation and Advocacy
COMM 3345 Persuasion Theory and Practice
COMM 4323 Forensics Workshop
COMM 4324 Competitive Mock Trial

One or more courses from the following:

   PLSC 3335 Judicial Process
   PLSC 4335 Constitutional Law
   PLSC 4336 1st Amendment and Privacy
   PLSC 4337 Civil Rights
   PLSC 4338 Criminal Process Rights
   PLSC 4341 Rights and Representation
   PLSC 4371 Jurisprudence
   PLSC 3330 Law, Politics, and the Supreme Court
   PLSC 3324 Introduction to Law

One or more courses from the following:
   PHIL 1301 Elementary Logic
   PHIL 3373 Philosophy of Criminal Law
   PHIL 3374 Philosophy of Law
   SOCI 3363 Crime and Delinquency  

• Students will not receive credit for both COMM 3300 and PLSC 4336.
• Students may take COMM 4323 or COMM 4324 toward the minor.

• COMM 3327, COMM 3345, PLSC 3330 and PLSC 3325 can be taken as an elective if not taken as required.


For more information about the minor in law and legal reasoning, please contact Associate Professor Pamela Corley.