Constitutional Studies Minor

The Constitutional Studies minor provides interdisciplinary training in the politics, history, and philosophy of constitutional government. As an interdisciplinary liberal arts major, it aims to help students achieve the following outcomes: to gain general knowledge of constitutional government in the United States and abroad and to develop effective communication, analytical and critical thinking skills. While completing this minor might constitute excellent preparation for law or graduate school, it is not a prerequisite for any further study of the law.

I. Minor Program Requirements

Twenty-one semester credits. To satisfy the interdisciplinary requirement, students must complete courses from at least three different disciplines below (History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theology).

Foundations in the American Constitutional Tradition (6 credits required):

PO104American National Government

3

or

HI121US History I (ND)

3

 

PO216American Political Thought

3

Students must complete credits from each of the following three concentrations:

The American Founding and American Constitutional History (3 credits):

HI121US History I (ND)

3

HI122US History II

3

HI322Slavery and the Civil War

3

PO104American National Government

3

PO210Intro to Constitutional Law

3

PO216American Political Thought

3

PO230Montana State Politics

3

PO315Congress and the Presidency

3

SO314Sociology of Law (GD)

3

Comparative Constitutionalism and International Law (6 credits):

HI241History Modern Middle East (CD)

3

HI251Introduction to East Asia(GD)

3

HI271History of Modern Latin America (GD)

3

HI291Modern African History CD/GD

3

PO102Intro Comparative Politics (CD)(GD)

3

PO242State & Nation in World Politics

3

PO243Political Economy

3

PO321Citizenship: Think Global, Act Local-ND

3

PO348International Negotiation Simulation-GD

3

Constitutionalism: History and Philosophy (6 credits):

PHIL256Social & Political Philosophy(WI)

3

PHIL31520th Century European Philosophy

3

PHIL324Ethical Theory (WI)

3

TH263Modern Catholic Social Teaching (WI)

3