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Legal Studies Minor

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The interdisciplinary minor in Legal Studies formally guides and encourages the exploration of law and its influence in society. The curriculum blends challenging course options in students' home disciplines with relevant interdisciplinary electives to facilitate an interest in and an appreciation for the beneficial application of theory and research through the vehicle of law.

TTU Academic Catalog for Legal Studies as a Minor

  • The 18 credit hour minor consists of 5 uniformly required courses and 3 directed electives
  • Students must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative TTU GPA to declare Legal Studies
  • A grade of C or better in each class is needed to complete minor requirements
  • A minimum of nine credits must be completed in residence at Texas Tech University
  • Legal Studies is not available as an online minor 
  • To declare your Legal Studies Minor please bring your minor declaration form from your college to Drane Hall 332.
  • For questions about the Legal Studies Minor, please email us at universitystudies@ttu.edu

Legal Studies Minor Required Coursework

With an emphasis on academic and institutional engagement, utilization of resources, intellectual agility, and future application, the following 12 credit hours of coursework are required for all Legal Studies Minor students.

  • RRP 1100: RaiderReady: First Year Student Seminar (or 1-hour independent study substitute)
  • LIBR 1100: Introduction to Library Research
  • ENGL 2311: Introduction to Technical Writing
  • COMS 3313: Persuasion
  • RRP 4100: RaiderReady: Experience and Professional Skills Seminar 

Elective Coursework

The remaining 9 credit hours will be divided among the three curricular learning objectives of the minor: Communication, Social Science, and Professional Practice. Students will select one course from each category. Courses required explicitly and without alternative by a student's declared major may not be used to fulfill elective coursework in the Legal Studies minor.


  • COMS 3314: Argumentation & Debate
  • COMS 3332: Intercultural Communication
  • COMS 3356: Leadership & Communication
  • ENGL 2391: Introduction to Critical Writing
  • ENGL 3362: Rhetorical Criticism
  • ENGL 3365: Professional Report Writing
  • MCOM 3320: Mass Communications Law
  • THA 2301: Introduction to Acting


  • HDFS 4343: Family Law & Public Policy
  • HIST 4324: Courts & Capitalism
  • PHIL 2320: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 3321: Philosophy of Law
  • POLS 3350: Criminal Process
  • POLS 3351: The Judicial Process
  • PSY 4305: Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC 3327: Sociology of Law & Policing
  • WS 4327 or HIST 4327: Gender, Race, & Class in U.S. Law


  • AAEC 4320: Agribusiness Law
  • AHCM 4314: Quality Assurance and Risk Management
  • AHCM 4318: Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • ARCH 5392: Professional Practice
  • BA 3302: Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • BLAW: Business Law (choose any course)
  • ECO 3327: Antitrust Law and Economic Regulation
  • EDLD 5340: Educational Law
  • ENGR 4392: Engineering Ethics & Impact on Society
  • HONS 2311: Seminar in International Affairs
  • PFP 3301: Personal & Family Finance
  • PSY 4384: Forensic Psychology


TTU Prelaw Program

Students who are interested in attending law school should begin preparing long before graduation. The discipline of law is for students who are interested in combining precision in thinking, researching, and writing with a desire to work with people. While many graduates of law choose to practice in the courtroom, others leverage their newly developed skills to excel in other fields. A law education equips students for success in law practice, public service, teaching, and business. Through a structured four-year process, the TTU Prelaw Program cultivates the undergraduate to become a confident and articulate law school applicant bearing exceptional qualifications.

Questions about Legal Studies Minor? 

Visit University Studies in Drane Hall, RM 332 for more information. 

To declare your Legal Studies Minor, please bring your minor declaration form from your College to Drane Hall RM 332.

Phone: 806-742-7100

Address:  2515 15th ST Drane Hall, RM 332