Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Philosophy

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Philosophy and Law

The Minor in Philosophy and Law, which is administered by the Department of Philosophy, combines general training in philosophical ideas, debates, and methods with more focused work on the analytical, critical, and normative issues that arise with laws, legal institutions, and professional work.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Philosophy.

Requirements for the Minor in Philosophy and Law

Complete 18 credits from the following:

1. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  PHL 130 Logic and Reasoning 3
  PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
  PHL 432 Logic and its Metatheory 4
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  PHL 354 Philosophy of Law 3
  PHL 454 Topics in Philosophy of Law 3
3. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  PHL 340 Ethics 3
  PHL 342 Environmental Ethics 3
  PHL 344 Ethical Issues in Health Care 4
  PHL 345 Business Ethics 4
  PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
  PHL 351 African Philosophy 3
  PHL 353 Core Themes in Peace and Justice Studies 3
  PHL 355 Philosophy of Technology (W) 4
  PHL 356 Philosophical Aspects of Feminism 4
  PHL 357 Philosophy of Karl Marx 3
4. Complete one 400-level Philosophy course as approved by the student’s academic advisor. 3 or 4
5. Complete additional Philosophy courses as approved by the student’s academic advisor. 4 to 8