Legal Studies (minor program only)

Dr. Stephen Krason, chair

Dr. Joseph Almeida, director

Department Mission Statement

The Department of Political Science answers the call given by the Church of articulating a true understanding of the integration of faith, reason, and culture. The study of political life and more broadly of social, economic, legal, cultural, scientific, and human life questions, which is done in the Department’s programs, proceeds from a Catholic understanding of the human person, his social relationships, the natural law that governs his conduct and his final end in God.


Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary academic minor program that gives students an introduction to the law and to legal research. It can help prepare those bound for law school by introducing them to the different fields of law and the basics of doing legal research and writing. Additionally, it provides liberal arts students with a basic understanding of this critical area of social life that connects with and helps shape so many other of man’s endeavors in community. The program, which stresses that human law must be grounded in the natural law, can help students to be effective advocates for justice and truth in the public square.

Legal Studies Course Descriptions