The Impact of Law on Society

Law is everywhere in our lives. It shapes what it means to be female or male, a child or adult, a citizen or non-citizen. Law determines the quality of our water and food; the rights we have to sue or be sued; how we are protected by law enforcement or from law enforcement. Law is too important to all of us to be left only to lawyers and legislators. Whether someone is interested in law school or a career in law, or wants to improve their undergraduate skills—a minor in Law and Society helps enhance what you know, what you do, and how you do it.

Minor in Law & Society

The interdisciplinary Law & Society (LSoc) minor is housed in the Department of Sociology and is open to all qualifying GWU undergraduates. Check out our Law & Society Brochure and details below, then download the Law & Society Minor Application Form.

The minor is structured as follows:

Admission to the minor requires a 3.3 minimum GPA, based on at least 30 credit hours of coursework at GW

18 credit hours (excluding prerequisites):
- With the exception of prerequisites and SOC/PSC 2988, no more than two courses from a single department may count for the minor
- No more than two courses may be counted for both the Law & Society minor and any other major or minor

Two required foundation courses (6 credits):

SOC 2167  Sociology of Law (3 credits)
UW 2031 or 2031W  Equality & the Law (3 credits)

At least one secondary foundation course selected from the following (3 credits):

AMST 1160  Race, Gender & Law
PHIL 3142  Philosophy of Law
PSC 2214  U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics I
PSC 2215  U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics II

Three elective courses selected from the following (9 credits):

Any of the secondary foundation courses listed above

BADM 4101  Business Law & Ethics
ECON 3190  Law and Economics
HIST 3370  U.S. Constitutional History
MAE 3171  Patent Law for Engineers
PSC 2213  Judicial Politics
PSC 2444  Public International Law
PUBH 3136  Health Law
SMPA 2173  Media Law
SOC 2145  Criminal Law
SOC 2146  The Bill of Rights & Criminal Justice (formerly SOC 2189 or 5785)
SOC 2988  Internship in Law and Society (formerly PSC 2988)
WSGG 3470  Sexuality and Law (formerly WSGG 3170)


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Meet Our Professors: Fran Buntman

Professor Fran Buntman

Living in Washington with its monuments to democracy, Professor Buntman constantly reminds herself and her students that societies are understood not only by what is highlighted, but also by what is hidden. In that regard, her passions include prisons and law, and what they tell us about power and resistance, social choice, and social change. Her teaching and research are focused on helping students grow and flourish - at GW and beyond - through learning, thinking, writing, and doing.