Philosophy and Law Minor

For information, contact the Department of Philosophy, 212 Hall Auditorium, 513-529-2440.

This minor offers students not majoring in philosophy the opportunity to explore key features of legal reasoning and the philosophy of law, and to connect these to broader themes in social and political theory. The minor will provide students with intellectual skills (critical reading, identifying and developing arguments, written and oral communication) necessary for the study of law, and will acquaint students with foundational philosophical concepts operative in the law and legal institutions (such as liberty, equality, rights, and responsibility). Students wishing to sign up for the minor should register their interest with the chief departmental advisor. A minimum 2.00 GPA is required for all courses in the minor, and courses must be taken for a grade, not credit/no credit. Special-topics courses at the 300 and 400-levels may also count toward the minor (subject to approval).

Program requirements

Required courses:
PHL 273Formal Logic4
PHL 335Philosophy of Law4
Select one of the following:3
Society and the Individual
Theories of Human Nature
Introduction to Ethics
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Informal Logic
Ethical Theory
Contemporary Moral Problems
Problems of Metaphysics and Knowledge
Political Philosophy
Feminist Theory
Symbolic Logic
Environmental Philosophy
Advanced Ethical Theories
Political Philosophy Seminar
Total Credit Hours20