Minor in Legal Studies

Minor in Legal Studies

In antiquity, Socrates held that the laws were his “true parent.” For then as now, laws help to constitute and regulate the family, school, church, commercial, and governmental institutions. They, therefore, affect the lives of everyone throughout, although conversely, human beings make the law. Legal foundations, developments, and effects are consequently of intrinsic interest and concern to many disciplines and their students. The Legal Studies curriculum is accordingly designed not so much for the pre-law student, as for any student whose liberal education seeks to understand the formative bases of human civilization and culture.


Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in courses primarily focused on legal matters. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine. Students must earn a “C” or better in order for the courses to count toward the minor.

Below is a list of courses that count toward the minor. Other courses on legal topics may count as well. Students should contact the program advisor, Prof. Mark Brewer, in order to determine if a particular course would count toward the minor.


Possible course options include but are not limited to:

  • CHF 404: Selected Topics in Child Development and Family Life (legal topics only) (3 credits)
  • CHF 452: Violence in the Family (3 credits)
  • CHF 488: Family Legal Issues (3 credits)
  • ENG 229: Topics in Literature (legal topics only) (3 credits)
  • FSN 436: Food Law (3 credits)
  • LDR 200: Leadership Ethics (3 credits)
  • MGT 220: The Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)
  • PAX 451: Meditation: Its Premises, Practices, and Policies (3 credits)
  • PHI 235: Biomedical Ethics (3 credits)
  • POS 306: Crafting the American Constitution (3 credits)
  • POS 349: Topics in Comparative Politics (legal topics only) (3 credits)
  • POS 359: Topics in American Government (legal topics only) (3 credits)
  • POS 369: Topics in International Relations (legal topics only) (3 credits)
  • POS 384: American Civil Liberties (3 credits)
  • SOC 214: Crime and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • SVT 221: Boundary Law (3 credits)
  • SVT 451: Survey Business Law (3 credits)


Minors are available to current degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Maine.

Enrollment is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Maine and there are no admissions requirements beyond those of the college a student is entering.

Complete this form to declare a Legal Studies minor.

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