Date of Senate Approval 05/09/02
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC Document 32: Addition of Legal Studies Minor
Effective Date: Fall 2003
Add: on page 136 before Interdisciplinary Studies: Master of Liberal Arts
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES: LEGAL STUDIES
Assistant Professor Burchard (Director)
Minor in Legal Studies
The Legal Studies minor helps students to understand the nature of law and its role and functions from different disciplinary perspectives. Students must complete 18 hours from the list of courses below. (Note: prerequisites for these courses may increase the total number of hours.) Courses must be selected from at least three different disciplines and no more than nine hours can come from any one discipline. Appropriate special topics courses may be substituted with the approval of the director of Legal Studies. Students should understand that the minor is not intended as a pre-law program or as a preparation for law school. The courses must be distributed as follows:
At least six hours from the following list which explore the nature of law in society.
PHIL 305 Philosophy of Law
POLS 334 Political Foundations of Law
SOC 480 Sociology of Law
At least three hours from the following list which examine the nature of case law.
POLS 327 Constitutional Law
POLS 330 Individual Rights and Civil Liberties
MGMT 341 Commercial Law
At least six hours from the following list which either explore the role of law in different policy areas, develop analytical skills important in legal thinking, or provide a wider context for understanding law and legal issues.
CLAS 355 Athenian Democracy
CLAS 493 Roman Literature and Roman Life
DRAM 102 Public Speaking
ECON 316 Transaction Cost Economics
HIST 303 Colonial and Revolutionary America
HIST 340 Classical Greece
HIST 342 The Roman Empire
IST 283 Mediation
MCOM 490 Mass Communication Law and Ethics
MGMT 300 Legal and Ethical Environment
MGMT 421 Legal Environment of Health Care Institutions
PHIL 101 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 200 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 214 Philosophy of Human Rights
POLS 335 Law, Ethics and Public Policy
POLS 387 International Organizations and Law
POLS 388 Human Rights and International Politics
SOC 200 Introduction to Criminology
SOC 340 Social Control and Deviant Behavior
171-3, 271-3, 371-3, 471-3 Special Topics in Legal Studies (1-3)
Courses not otherwise included in the catalog but for which there may be special needs. May be repeated for credit as subject matter changes. See program director.
The proposed minor is an attempt to coordinate existing University courses related to law. There should be no discernible change in terms of any department's needs and/or course offerings. The creation of an interdisciplinary minor does not entail the creation of any new courses.
There already are a substantial number of existing courses at UNCA dealing with law and legal studies. However, up to this time there has been no coordination of these courses. What also apparently exists is that students stay within the confines of their own discipline. Thus, the vast majority of students in the Philosophy of Law class will be from Philosophy; nearly all of the students in Constitutional Law will be Political Science majors, and so on throughout the campus. The creation of an interdisciplinary minor will achieve two goals. The first is to offer students a coordinated set of courses dealing with various aspects of law. The second goal is to promote cross-fertilization so that students from different majors with an interest in this field will be exposed to different disciplines and different approaches.