The minor in legal studies focuses on the constitutional foundations, interpretation, processes, and functions of domestic and international law.
All students have opportunities to
- conduct independent research
- engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
- participate in many forms of public service
- prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities
Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)
In addition to meeting the following requirements, students must meet the university requirements for all minors.
Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits in government with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.
Two core courses (6 credits)
GOVT 103 – Introduction to American Government
GOVT 301 – Public Law and the Judicial Process
Four elective courses (12 credits) chosen from:
GOVT 480 – Internship Credits: 3 , when relevant, may be used to partially meet this requirement with prior written approval of the minor advisor.
GOVT 307 – Legislative Behavior
GOVT 414 – Politics of Race and Gender
GOVT 420 – American Political Thought
GOVT 422 – Constitutional Interpretation
GOVT 423 – Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
GOVT 446 – International Law and Organization
GOVT 452 – Administrative Law and Procedures
CRIM 424 – Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights
Total: 18 credits
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.