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Legal Studies Minor

Coordinator: Aaron Herold (Fraser 107b;

About the Minor

The Legal Studies minor provides the interested student the opportunity to gain a substantive theoretical and critical background in the study of law broadly understood. Aside from law, successful completion of the program opens up career opportunities in government, business and nongovernmental professions.

Some of the classes in the minor may have been added to the minor after your arrival at Geneseo. If so, you will also need a waiver from Professor Herold, and should request one indicating that you wish this particular class to count toward electives. The same goes for slot, experimental and new classes (such as MGMT 363 and 364).

To get a waiver, email with your full name, your G#, and the course for which you seek a waiver (prefix, number and title). This should be after completion of the course, unless you are in your final semester at Geneseo (in which case you need to indicate this).

Important Information about Revisions to the Minor

The Legal Studies Minor underwent significant change in 2017. All those whose catalog year (year starting at Geneseo) precedes 2017-2018 may take the old or new program. Those joining Geneseo in fall 2017 or later must comply with the new requirements. For the program requirements through 2016-2017, see that year's undergraduate bulletin. Program requirements from 2017-2018 onward follow below.

Total Credits Required: 21 credits

Basic Requirements: 3 credits: One of either: PHIL 217 Philosophy of Law or PLSC 218 Politics of the Judicial Process

Electives: Six courses from the following: 18 credits (students may need to complete prerequisites for courses marked with asterisks)

  • AMST 262 American Indian Law & Public Policy (cross-listed with HIST 262)
  • COMN 355 Contemporary Problems in the Freedom of Speech*
  • MGMT 263 Business Law I
  • MGMT 264 Business Law II
  • PHIL 216 Reasoning and the Law
  • PHIL 217 Problems in the Philosophy of Law (if not applied toward the basic requirement)
  • PLSC 218 Politics of the Judicial Process (if not applied toward the basic requirement)
  • PLSC 315 Legislative Process*
  • PLSC 318 Constitutional Law*
  • PLSC 319 Constitutional Rights and Liberties*
  • PLSC 340 International Law and Organization*
  • PLSC 342 Human Rights in a Global Perspective*
  • SOCL 250 Sociology of Deviance counts as an elective by waiver
  • SOCL 310 Sociology of Law
  • SOCL 317 (or 381) Gender and Law*
  • SOCL 347 Criminology & Juvenile Delinquency *
  • MGMT 363: Employment Law and MGMT 364: Cyber-Law count as electives by waiver.


  • Each course may apply only once to the minor.
  • At least 9 credits must be unique to the minor.
  • Students must take courses from at least three different prefixes.
  • Students must apply a minimum of two 300-level courses toward the minor.