Pre-Law at Aquinas College

Legal Studies Minor

Minor Requirements: Twenty-one (21) semester hours (18 required, 3 elective).

Required Courses:

I. Core:

  • PS 314 (3)
  • PS 315 (3)
  • BS 331 (3)
  • BS 332 (3)
  • PS 316 (3)
  • SY 261 (3)

II. Electives:

  • One three (3) semester hour course from the following list is required:
    • PH 251 (3)
    • PS 389 (3)
    • PS 390 (3)
    • KN402 (3)

III. The following list of courses are not required for the Minor but are highly recommended and/or Prerequisites to the Required Courses:

  • PH 111 (3)
  • EH 205 (3)
  • PS 101 (3)
  • HY 102 (3)
  • PS 321 (3)
  • PH/PS 312 (3)

Students must earn a C- or better in a class in order for it to count toward the minor. At least fifteen (15) semester hours of this Minor must be taken at Aquinas College.



  • PS314 Constitutional Law I (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is to provide undergraduate students exposure to the constitutional interpretations regarding the balance of powers created in the U.S. Constitution. Specific sections of the Constitution covered in this class include: justiciability, presidential and executive powers including war powers, congressional powers, tax and spending clause, commerce clause, federalism and state rights, voting rights, and economic rights. Prerequisites: PS101.

  • PS315 Constitutional Law II (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is to provide undergraduate students exposure to the constitutional interpretations regarding American civil rights and liberties as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court. Specific clauses of the U.S. Constitution covered in this class include: Judicial review (authority of the federal courts), the contracts clause, the due process clause, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, (dis) establishment of religion, free exercise of religion, guarantee against unreasonable search and seizures, exclusionary rule, 5th Amendment guarantee against self-incrimination, police interrogation, right to counsel, guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment, the right to privacy, and the equal protection clause prohibiting discrimination. Prerequisites: PS101.

  • BS331 Business Law I (3)

    Focuses on the basics of business organizations including corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, professional corporations; contracts, including formation, legality, enforcement, breach, and remedies; the Uniform Commercial Code with a special emphasis on Sales and Negotiable Instruments and their application to the accounting and banking professions; also facilities liability, surveys estates, creditors rights, bankruptcy, and torts and criminal law as they relate to the business environment.

  • BS332 Business Law II (3)

    Focuses on specialized areas of the law as they relate to business such as: property including real property, landlord and tenant relationships, personal property, bailments, secured transactions; government regulation of business including the nature and scope of government regulation, consumer law, environmental law, antitrust, labor relations; also surveys insurance, wills and the law of inheritance, professional liability, and emerging trends.

  • PS316 Moot Court (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is designed to provide undergraduate students an experience closely comparable to actual appellate practice by attorneys. The course is divided into two sections. In Part I of the course, students will prepare a draft and final version of an appellate brief. In Part II of the course, students will present a practice and then a final oral argument. Finally, teams will compete against other undergraduate teams at a regional competition to be held at the end of the semester. Winners of this regional tournament will be invited to participate in the national tournament. This course is not accepted for the Social Science requirement.

  • SY261 Criminology (3)

    Analysis of crime with reference to behavior of those who engage in, or become victims of criminal behavior. Prerequisite: SY101.

  • PH251 Philosophy of Law (3)

    Philosophical discussion of contemporary philosophical writings and law cases in the areas of free speech, privacy, criminal liability, civil liability, legal insanity, death penalty, legal reasoning and constitutional interpretation, and sex equality and discrimination.

  • PS389 National Security Policy (3) SS1/SS2

    This course provides an introduction to the legal issues surrounding national security and counterterrorism policy. This class will primarily focus on domestic legal issues. Students will have a final exam and develop a paper on a national security issue of their choosing. This course is not accepted for the Social Science requirement.

  • PS390 International Law (3) SS1/SS2

    In-depth study of law and mores guiding nations and individuals in relations with other nations and peoples. Prerequisite: PS150 or Instructor approval.

  • KN402 Sport Law (3)

    An examination of legal principles in sport that lead to situations, problem solving and decision making in sport management. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN159.

  • PH111 Logic (3) HP

    Basic tools for analyzing and criticizing arguments, including basic patterns of deductive logic, recognizing common fallacies, and criticizing analogical and causal arguments.

  • EH205 Advanced Composition (3) WI

    The writing of non-fictional prose. Not for first year students.

  • PS101 American Government and Politics (3) SS1/SS2

    This course is an introduction to the power, structures and functions of the American Government and Political System. Fundamental is a critical examination of the institutions and players who interact in the processes of American politics.

  • HY102 American History (3) HP

    A survey of the development of the United States from the end of the Civil War era to the present.

  • PS321 American Political Thought (3) SS1/SS2, WI

    Fundamental principles derived from the Constitution and The Federalist as context of modern problems. Prerequisite: PS101 or HY101 or HY102.

  • PH312/PS312 Political Thought: Its Histories & Concepts (3)

    Highlights of the history of political philosophy, Ancients, Medieval, Modern social contract theories, Marxism, liberalism, and postmodernism, using primary and secondary source materials. Deals with the relationship between politics and truth; the nature of political authority; democratic theory; the nature of the good society and its relationship to particular theories of human nature.