This minor offers students a course of study that emphasizes the philosophical analysis of legal issues. It acquaints students with the rich tradition of philosophical argument dealing with the justification of law, its relation to moral theory, the justifications for punishment, and the concepts of justice, rights, liberty, and legal responsibility. In addition, an education in philosophy stresses intellectual skills that are important in the study of law.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: PHLW

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

PHIL 173Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL 311Philosophy of Law3
Select one course from the following:3
History of Western Philosophy: Ancient
History of Western Philosophy: Modern
Total Credits9


Select two courses from the following: 16
Classical Western Political Theory
Classical Western Political Theory
Modern Western Political Theory
Modern Western Political Theory
Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought
Contemporary Western Political Theory
Contemporary Western Political Theory
Philosophy after Auschwitz
Theories of Justice
Advanced Democratic Theory
Select one course from the following:3
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Theories of Ethics
Ethics and International Politics
Total Credits9

One elective course may be chosen from other coursework in philosophy with prior written approval of the undergraduate director.