Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

A legal studies minor will be capable of:

  1. identifying how the law interfaces with multiple academic disciplines by studying the relationship of the law, including but not limited, to politics, economics, history, communication, philosophy, psychology and sociology by reading materials in those fields and doing analyses in class and on exams;

  2. articulating how elements of justice, fairness, order, equality and property allocation are the basic tenets of legal systems, institutions and reasoning by effectively analyzing case law decisions that resolve and define the aforementioned elements;

  3. understanding the strengths and limitations of the law in addressing societal problems and resolving disputes between parties by analyzing case law, statutes and related materials that succeed or fail in resolving problems and disputes;

  4. identifying and comprehending how the law is an instrument for resolving grievances, imposing punishment, promoting public good, public benefit and equality and enforcing regulation by identifying the areas of the law through class readings, case law and newsworthy materials that align and respond to those areas;

  5. researching, reading and writing about legal concepts and phenomena and applying that research to hypothetical legal scenarios (and thereby achieving critical thinking skills) by short written responses and term papers; and

  6. being informed by the law’s intersections with historical, social, cultural, economic and political forces by assessing legal scenarios through these lenses.