Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts
Clark Building, Room B-331
(970) 491-5421

Kevin Foskin, Director

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The Legal Studies Interdisciplinary Minor provides a broad-based academic foundation for students interested in legal or law-related fields. This minor is intended and ideally suited for students who plan to attend law school, as well as to those who are interested in a wide range of careers in which some grounding in legal studies is helpful, such as media, business, human resources, communications, government service, human rights, and others.

Students take 21 credits (12 of which must be upper division) in law related courses emphasizing key aspects of contemporary law and legal practice, such as politics, human rights, gender, race, economics, communication, the environment, and media. Equally, students accrue (and practice) essential skills important for the practice of law, such as persuasive argumentation, fact-based analytical reasoning, effective public speaking, thoughtful public deliberation, and efficient communication.

Effective Fall 2023

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Core Courses
LB 205Contemporary Legal Studies3
Select one from the following courses:3
Racial Inequality and Discrimination (GT-SS1)
Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the U.S.
Contemporary Chicanx Issues
Race Formation in the United States
Sociology of Race and Racism (GT-SS3)
Gender and Society
Whiteness, Gender, and Sexuality
Women of Color in the United States
Race and Sexuality
Select one from the following courses:3
Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)
Introduction to Formal Logic
Public Speaking
Selected Courses
Select a minimum of 12 credits from at least two of the following categories:12
Topics in Language, Law, and Justice
Communications Law
Mock Trial
American Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Rights and Liberties
Freedom of Speech
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
Social-Ethical-Regulatory Issues in Business
Law and Economics
Employment Relations: The Legal Environment
Real Estate Law
Sport and the Law
Environment/Natural Resources:
Agricultural and Food System Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Water Law, Policy, and Institutions
Agricultural Law
Comparative Legal Systems
Asian-Pacific Americans and the Law
Federal Indian Law and Policy
Law and Sustainability
Families in the Legal Environment
Law and Justice in Medieval Europe
Study Abroad--Italy: Comparative Legal Studies
Philosophy of Law
Judicial Politics
Study Abroad--London : Comparative UK and US Policy
International Law
Sociology of Law
Program Total Credits:21