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Minor in Political/Legal Studies
An understanding of the way the government works and the various intricacies of the American legal system can be useful to any career. Your minor in political/legal studies can make you a better journalist, teacher, psychologist, ASL interpreter, business person, writer, advocate, and citizen. It can serve as a useful addition to a bachelor’s in business, English, Criminal Justice, and more.
The William Woods University minor in political/legal studies includes coursework in Constitutional law, procedure, equestrian law, advocacy and more. You will grow your writing skills, sharpen your understanding of logic and argumentation, and advance your ability to analyze and interpret research and legal documents.
The minor in political/legal studies at William Woods University includes 15 required course credits and 3 required elective credits.
Courses you may take
Introduction to Criminal Justice
This introductory course will examine crime in America with a focus on the role of police, courts, and correctional institutions. Students will consider the balance between freedom and security issues and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the American justice system as it adapts to cultural, political, and societal changes.
This introductory course will explore the cause and major theories of criminal behavior. Students will learn the various research techniques that have been used to study criminal behavior and examine connections to social, environmental and ethnographical factors. Students will gain a more complete understanding of crime and how it relates to human social life. Finally students will apply the knowledge gained in their studies to examine current policy trends and the methods used to address crime and proscribed social behavior.
This course involves the study of substantive and procedural criminal law including due process, probable cause, statutory and case law authorities governing criminal law and rules of criminal procedure. This course will also provide a foundation for further work in the Criminal Justice field, and host an in-depth examination of the crimes committed by suspects, and actions taken by criminal justice professionals to deal with those crimes.