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.

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.

Regularly offered courses in History include:

506:216 Law and History

512:216 Famous Trials

512:368 History of Civil Rights, 1900-1980 

512:402 American Constitutional History to 1865  

512:404 American Constitutional History from 1865 

508:110 Political Islam, Present and Past 

506:260 Wars, Wayfarers and the Wall: A History of the U.S.-Mexican Border

506:220 Piracy: A Global History 

512:322 Drugs: A Social History 

510:394 Human Rights

506:210 Sex and Power

510:245 The Arts of Power

512:229 History of Medical Ethics

512:318: Political Corruption in America

508:367 The Afro-Latin American Experience


Coming soon….

512:250 Natives and Newcomers: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History  

512:385 Women Behaving Badly 


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.)