Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program about law, rather than vocation training in law. The minor explores law as a topic of intellectual inquiry. It emphasizes critical engagement with the social, cultural, philosophical, historic, economic, and psychological forces that structure and affect law in human society.
The minor also provides students with the skills essential for success in law school and beyond. It teaches students to understand important legal issues and critically analyze legal source material, such as court decisions and statutes. The minor is an important complement to any university major.
Students must have a declared major and must have completed ENG 1100, 1130, or 1140 with a grade of C or better and at least two other courses in the WSU Core while maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or above.
Program Learning Outcomes:
(a) understand fundamental structure and process in the US legal system;
(b) Identify important legal concepts in areas of substantive law;
(c) form sound views about law-related controversies and issues;
(d) prepare students for continued legal study in graduate school or professional school;
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