The minor in legal studies focuses on constitutional foundations and interpretations, legal processes, the development of common, statutory, and agency law, and the functions of judicial systems.


Walker (minor advisor)


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: LGLS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students must complete all coursework with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course.

Core Courses

GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
GOVT 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
Total Credits6


Select four from the following:12
Internship (when relevant, may be used to partially meet this requirement with prior written approval of the minor advisor.)
Legislative Behavior
Politics of Race and Gender
American Political Thought
Constitutional Interpretation
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
International Law and Organization
Administrative Law and Procedures
Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights
Total Credits12