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Law, Religion and Politics, Minor

This interdisciplinary minor in law, religion and politics is unique to Saint Louis University.

In it, students analyze and compare legal norms, theory, and practice within religious traditions and in legal systems. They gain a theologically and historically grounded understanding of concepts of human dignity and justice that should be respected and promoted within systems of law and political structures. They consider how laws and political structures can exercise equity toward all members of a community. They develop strong skills in analysis and oral argumentation and real-world experience through an internship.

Leadership

Morgan Hazelton, Ph.D., J.D., Department of Political Science
   Co-Director
Atria A. Larson, Ph.D., Department of Theological Studies
   Co-Director

Curriculum Overview

This minor requires 18 credits in courses from political science, theological studies, and other departments. All courses are marked with a "Law, Religion, & Politics" attribute. No more than 9 credits may be taken in any one department. The minor includes a 4xxx-level seminar and an internship. It is open to all students but is easily joined with the Pre-Law Scholars Program.

Theological Studies Course
Choose one course from the following:3
THEO 3350
Justice and Peace: The Legal Imagination in Christianity
THEO 3750
Creativity and Constraint: The Legal Imagination in Judaism
Political Science Course
Choose one course from the following:3
POLS 2710
Theories of Justice
POLS 3130
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Law, Religion, & Politics Requirements
Choose 6 credits of courses with Law, Religion, & Politics attribute. Examples include:6
PLS 1000
Introduction to Law
PLS 2800
Special Topics
PHIL 3430
Philosophy of Law
POLS 2691
Theory and Practice of Human Rights
POLS 3640
International Law
RUSS 3360
In Prisons Dark: Confinement Literature in the Russian and Soviet Empires
THEO 3510
Faith and Politics
THEO 3540
Incarceration and Incarnation: Prisons and Christian Ethics
Internship3
POLS 3912
Public Service Internship
POLS 3915
Legal Internship
PLS 4910
Legal Internship
Law, Religion, & Politics Elective
Choose a 3-credit seminar with Law, Religion, & Politics Seminar attribute (typically in THEO or POLS)3
Total Credits18

Continuation Standards

Students in the law, religion and politics minor must maintain a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) in required coursework.