Minor in Philosophy and Law

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


This minor offers students a course of study that emphasizes the philosophical analysis of legal issues. It acquaints students with the rich tradition of philosophical argument dealing with the justification of law, its relation to moral theory, the justifications for punishment, and the concepts of justice, rights, liberty, and legal responsibility. In addition, an education in philosophy stresses intellectual skills that are important in the study of law.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Courses

PHIL 173 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
PHIL 311 Philosophy of Law 3
Select one course from the following: 3
History of Western Philosophy: Ancient
History of Western Philosophy: Modern
Total Credits 9


Select two courses from the following: 1 6
Classical Western Political Theory
or GOVT 323
Classical Western Political Theory
Modern Western Political Theory
or GOVT 324
Modern Western Political Theory
Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought
Contemporary Western Political Theory
or GOVT 327
Contemporary Western Political Theory
Philosophy after Auschwitz
Theories of Justice
GOVT 428
Advanced Democratic Theory
Select one course from the following: 3
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Theories of Ethics
GOVT 448
Ethics and International Politics
Total Credits 9

One elective course may be chosen from other coursework in philosophy with prior written approval of the undergraduate director.