LSJ Minor

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The undergraduate minor in Law, Societies, and Justice provides an opportunity for students to develop a multidisciplinary liberal arts orientation to the study of law, social control, and justice, with particular emphasis on the studies of crime, comparative law, and human rights. This knowledge is gained through critical examination of the research literature and exchange of ideas and information with other students and faculty.

An LSJ Minor Checklist and a handout containing the list of Approved Courses for LSJ (both effective Autumn 2011) can be found on the LSJ Useful Forms page.

If you were admitted to the LSJ minor prior to Autumn 2011, see the Pre-Autumn 2011 Minor Requirements handout on the Useful Forms page.

How to Declare a Minor

Students can declare a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice by meeting with the adviser in the department in which they are majoring. The LSJ minor is not competitive, and it does not require completion of coursework in LSJ before it can be declared. Any student declared in any undergraduate major and with at least 45 completed college credits can declare a minor in LSJ.

Minor Requirements

30 total credits to include:

(1) Two courses from the list of LSJ Core Courses:

  • LSJ 320/POL S 368 The Politics and Law of International Human Rights, LSJ 321/ANTH 323 Human Rights Law in Culture and Practice, or LSJ 322/JSIS A 324 Human Rights in Latin America
  • LSJ 200 Introduction to Law, Societies, and Justice, or LSJ/POL S 363 Law in Society
  • LSJ/JSIS B 366 Comparative Law, Societies, and Courts, or LSJ/POL S 367 Comparative Law and Courts
  • LSJ 375 Crime, Politics, and Justice, or SOC 372 Introduction to Criminal Justice

(2) Four courses chosen from the Law, Societies, & Justice Subfields (two courses from each of the two subfields).

Subfield 1: Comparative Legal Institutions

  • PHIL 114 Philosophical Issues in the Law (5)
  • SOC 271 Introduction to Sociology of Deviance and Social Control (5) or SOC 371 Criminology (5) or SOC 472 Juvenile Delinquency (5) [only one of these three classes can count towards completion of LSJ minor requirements]
  • GWSS 310 Women and the Law (5)
  • PHIL 314 Philosophy of Crime and Punishment (5)
  • POL S 320/JSIS B 310 State-Society Relations in Third World Countries (5)
  • AIS 335 American Indians and the Law (5)
  • LSJ/POL S 360 Introduction to United States Constitutional Law (5)
  • LSJ/POL S 361 United States Courts and Civil Liberty (5)
  • LSJ/JSIS B 362 Law and Justice: An Introduction to Social Theory (5)
  • LSJ/SOC 376 Drugs and Society (5)
  • LSJ 377 Punishment: Theory and Practice (5)
  • LSJ/GEOG 378 Policing the City (5)
  • LSJ/ANTH 379 Prisons in Anthropological Perspective (5)
  • LSJ 380 Contemporary Issues in Comparative Legal Institutions (5, max. 10)*
  • PHIL 414 Philosophy of Law (5)
  • JSIS B 425 International Law and Arms Control (5)
  • LSJ/JSIS B 439 Law and Political Power: Global and Local Issues (5)
  • COM 440/POL S 461 Mass Media Law (5)
  • LSJ 444 Ethics in Law and Justice (5)
  • POL S 462 The Supreme Court in American Politics (5)
  • POL S 464 The Politics of American Criminal Justice (5)
  • LSJ/GEOG 467 Law, Justice, and the Environment (5)
  • POL S 467 Comparative Law in Society (5)
  • LSJ/POL S/JSIS A 469 Law and Rights in Authoritarian Regimes (5)
  • LSJ/SOC 473 Corrections (5)
  • LSJ/GEOG 474 Geography and the Law (5)
  • LSJ/ SOC 476 Miscarriages of Justice (5)
  • LSJ 480 Policing Modern Society (5)
  • LSJ 490 Special Topics in Comparative Legal Institutions (5, max. 15)*

Subfield 2: Rights

  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230 Introduction to Disability Studies (5)
  • AFRAM/POL S 315 Black Identities and Political Power (5)
  • LSJ/POL S 327 Women’s Rights as Human Rights (5)
  • LSJ 329 Immigration, Citizenship, and Rights (5)
  • LSJ/AES 330 Beyond Civil Rights: Law, Culture, and Change (5)
  • LSJ 331/POL S 317 Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the US (5)
  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 332 Disability and Society (5)
  • LSJ 336/JSIS B 334 The Place of Law in Multicultural Conflicts (5)
  • PHIL 338 Philosophy of Human Rights (5)
  • GWSS/CHID 350 Women in Law and Literature (5)
  • POL S 357 Minority Representation and the Voting Rights Act (5)
  • LSJ 381 Issues in Rights (5, max 10)*
  • LSJ 420 The Politics of Rights (5)
  • LSJ 421/ANTH 498 Women’s Rights and Politics in Islamic Society (5)
  • LSJ 425/ ANTH 497 Domesticating Intern. Human Rights: US Asylum & Refugee Law (5)
  • LSJ 426 Reconciliation: The Politics of Forgiveness in a Global Age (5)
  • LSJ 428/POL S 415 Women’s Rights in an Integrated Europe (5)
  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 430 Topics in Disability Studies (5, max. 15)*
  • POL S 430 Civil-Military Relations in Democracies (5)
  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 433 Disability Law, Policy, & Community (5)
  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 434 Civil and Human Rights Law for Disabled People (5)
  • AFRAM 437 Blacks in American Law (5)
  • LSJ 491 Special Topics in Rights (5, max 15)*

For the LSJ minor, students may use additional LSJ Core Courses towards the Subfield requirements. LSJ 320/POL S 368, LSJ 321/ANTH 323, and LSJ/JSIS A 324 count in “Rights.” All other LSJ Core Courses count in “Comparative Legal Institutions.” This is intended to help students progress towards completion of the minor, but since the LSJ Core Courses are considered introductory, students are encouraged to give preference to the actual subfield courses as listed on the LSJ Approved Courses list.

*LSJ 380, 381, 430, 490, and 491 are variable-topic courses. The topic for a specific offering will be listed on the Time Schedule and also on the Quarterly Course Offerings handouts (available outside the LSJ advising office).