Law and History Minor/Certificate

Are you interested in pursuing a career in law or social justice? History provides training in making arguments, researching, and writing—crucial skills for these fields!

For students majoring in History the certificate allows you to dedicate some of your coursework to law-related classes inside and outside the major. For those majoring in other disciplines, the minor provides a historical foundation for the study of law.

Requirements: 6 courses for the minor and 5 courses for the certificate.


If you are interested in pursuing the Law & History Certificate, please complete the  Declaration Form and submit it to Kenneth Linden by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that the Declaration Form is only being accepted via email at this time.


All students must take the required course, “506:216 Law and History,” or a suitable alternative as determined in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students may count one law-related course from outside the History Department towards these requirements, including courses in Political Science, Criminal Justice, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


History courses that count towards the Law and History minor and certificate include:

  • 506:216 Law and History
  • 506:210 Sex and Power
  • 506:220 Piracy: A Global History 
  • 506:236 Poverty in World History
  • 506:255 Science, Nature, and Empire
  • 506:260 Wars, Wayfarers and the Wall: A History of the U.S.-Mexican Border
  • 506:299 History Workshop: Power & Protest……….(needs to be manually counted)
  • 506:401 History Seminar: Children in Danger……….(needs to be manually counted)
  • 506:401 History Seminar: Slavery and the Law in the Atlantic World……….(needs to be manually counted) 
  • 508:110 Political Islam, Present and Past 
  • 508:367 The Afro-Latin American Experience
  • 510:245 The Arts of Power
  • 510:261 History of the Holocaust
  • 510:268 Fascism
  • 510:335 Modern France
  • 510:345 English Constitutional History
  • 510:394 Human Rights
  • 512:121 Environments and Health in the U.S.
  • 512:215 American Legal History
  • 512:216 Famous Trials
  • 512:221 Abortion:  The Collision of History, Law, Religion, Medicine, and Human Rights in the 20 and 21 Centuries
  • 512:229 History of Medical Ethics
  • 512:238 History of Homelessness
  • 512:250 Natives and Newcomers: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History  
  • 512:253 Asian American History
  • 512:264 Black Lives Matter
  • 512:308 History and Asylum Law
  • 512:317 Murder in American History
  • 512:318: Political Corruption in America
  • 512:322 Drugs: A Social History 
  • 512: 342 Policing in Black Communities: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration
  • 512:368 History of Civil Rights, 1900-1980 
  • 512:385 Women Behaving Badly 
  • 512:402 American Constitutional History to 1865  
  • 512:404 American Constitutional History from 1865 


For more information contact the “Law and History” advisors:

  • Professor Julia Stephens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Professor Judith Surkis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)