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LJSC Minor

LJSC Minor Requirements

Prerequisite to Declare Minor

Before declaring the minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change, students must complete a pre-requisite course with a C- or better. The credits from the prerequisite course cannot be included in the 15 credits required to complete the minor.

  • First and second year students should enroll in either SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology: Special Topics
  • Third and fourth year students should enroll in either SOC 300 Sociological Principles and Problems or SOC 302 Health and Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Note that students should only take ONE prerequisite course (SOC 100, 102, 300, or 302); no credit will be granted for the second prerequisite course taken (the second course will have a “Not For Credit” designation on the transcript). If you have questions or concerns about this policy or exceptions to the policy, please email

Minor Credits

Students must complete at least 15 total credit hours with a C- or better from the following list of approved courses.

  • A minimum of 9 credits of which must be elected in the LJSC minor at the 300-level or above (excluding prerequisite)

Approved LJSC Minor Courses:

  • SOC 204: International Migration and the Politics of Membership in a Globalizing World
  • SOC 208: Terrorism, Torture, & Violence
  • SOC 214: Non-profits
  • SOC 225: Project Community - Criminal Justice Section
  • SOC 250: Politics, Power, and Society
  • SOC 270: Gender and the Law
  • SOC 304: American Immigration
  • SOC 325: Project Community: Advanced Practicum - Criminal Justice Section
  • SOC 335: Urban Inequality in America
  • SOC 354: Law and Society
  • SOC 368: Criminology
  • SOC 391: Justice in Action
  • SOC 422: Latin America
  • SOC 461: Social Movements: Political Protest and Collective Resistance
  • SOC 465: Sociology of Deviance: From Sin to Sickness
  • SOC 468: Crime & Justice: Inside Out Prison Exchange
  • SOC 476: Sociology of Bioethics
  • SOC 480: Environmental Justice
  • Approved topics in SOC 295, 495, 394 (SURO), 395 (Independent Study), 396 (Internship)

Explore the LSA Course Catelog > Subject > LSA: Sociology for course descriptions.

Policies & Credit Limits

A maximum of 6 credits in the minor may come from SOC 394 SURO, SOC 395, and SOC 396.

The department will allow up to one course with significant sociological content related to Law, Justice, and Social Change from other LSA departments (NOT the Soc department) to be included in the minor plan. Students interested in petitioning to include a non-SOC course in their minor plan should complete the course petition process, which includes submitting a petition form and the course syllabus.

Up to 6 approved transfer credits may count in the minor.

Law, Justice, and Social Change minors are not permitted to elect a minor in Crime & Justice or History of Law & Policy. 

You must declare a major first before adding a minor. 


LJSC Minor Example 2-Year Plan

 Junior Year – Fall Term:

 • Prerequisite to declare - SOC 300 or 302

 • SOC 200-level or higher elective from approved LJSC list (4 credits)

 Junior Year – Winter Term:

 • SOC 300-level or higher elective from approved LJSC list (4 credits)

 Declare LJSC Minor

 Senior Year – Fall Term:

  • SOC 300-level or higher elective from approved LJSC list (4 credits)

 Apply for Graduation and submit Minor Release Request

 Senior Year – Winter Term:

 • SOC 300-level or higher elective from approved LJSC list (3 credits)