The Uniqueness of the Law and Society Minor
The LAS minor is intended for use by students who want a broad understanding of how law operates in society as well as by students who anticipate a career in the law. The LAS minor is unique in several respects. Compared to the Legal Studies in Business Minor (in the Department of Finance and General Business) and the Public Law Minor (in the Department of Political Science), the Law and Society minor is highly interdisciplinary, looking at the topic of "law" from a wide variety of perspectives.
The Law and Society Minor does not rely primarily upon one discipline as do the two other law-related minors offered here at Missouri State. It should be understood that each of the minors mentioned are needed in order for interested students to have access to the minor which best addresses their intellectual and/or career objectives. That is, the Legal Studies in Business Minor is very well designed for anyone interested primarily in business-related law, as is the Public Law Minor for students interested in public law.
The Law and Society Minor is for other students - those who are curious about the nature and expression of "law" in a variety of societal settings (e.g., relationships between ethics and law, law and media, environmental law, planning law, the economics and philosophy of law, and all the other studies of law as found in the course titles below). As mentioned above, the Law and Society Minor is highly interdisciplinary, making it compatible with the current trend in academia towards interdisciplinary studies.
The content of courses available in the Law and Society Minor address Missouri State's unique public affairs mission by enhancing students' understanding of the interrelationship of various social institutions and the structure of society in general. Finally, the Law and Society Minor refines and replaces the need to construct personalized minors in this area of study.
Because it requires only twenty-one (21) hours of course study, the Law and Society Minor can be taken easily with any one of several related majors (Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Anthropology, English, etc.). It is an eclectic minor and, as such, is compatible with a wide variety of majors and student interests.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact any of its advisors.