Law and History Minor

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  pdf Declaration Form (83 KB) and submit it to Anuja Rivera in Van Dyck Hall, Room 111 or 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

512:229 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

512:291 Topics in History: Abortion and History……….(needs to be manually counted)

512:308 History and Asylum Law

512:317 Murder in American History

512:318: Political Corruption in America

512:322 Drugs: A Social History 

512:368 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.)