Minor in Legal Studies and History

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences are pleased to offer a unique program of study for undergraduate students that enables them to explore multiple perspectives on law as an inter-school supplement to their major field of study.


The Course of Study
The minor involves taking three required courses and five additional courses from five elective brackets. Four courses come from Wharton and four from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Three Required Courses:

LGST101 – Law and Social Values
This course presents law as an evolving social institution, with special emphasis on the legal regulation of business. It considers basic concepts in the history and growth of the legal system, introduces aspects of legal procedure used in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, and demonstrates the fundamentals of rigorous legal analysis. An in-depth examination of contract law is included.

HIST168 – History of American Law to 1877
This course surveys the development of law in the U.S. to 1877, including such subjects as: the evolution of the legal profession, the transformation of English law during the American Revolution, the making and implementation of the Constitution, and issues concerning business and economic development, the law of slavery, the status of women, and civil rights.

HIST169 – History of American Law since 1877
This course covers the development of legal rules and principles concerning individual and group conduct in the United States since 1877. Such subjects as regulation and deregulation, legal education and the legal profession, and the legal status of women and minorities will be discussed.

Elective Brackets:

1. Philosophical Foundations of Law (choose one)
Law is an expression of our society’s deepest moral and cultural values. Anyone seeking to understand law should have a grasp of the philosophical foundations underlying the legal system.

ECON036 Law and Economics
PHIL/PPE008 The Social Contract
PHIL077 Philosophy of Law
PHIL277 Justice, Law, and Morality

2. The Political and Institutional Context of Law (choose one)
Law is intimately related to the political values and institutions that give shape to particular legal rules. An understanding of these relationships and their social context deepens any appreciation of how law evolves.

HIST109 Hamilton’s America: US History 1775-1800
HIST161 American Capitalism
PSCI183 American Political Thought
SOCI135 Law and Society

Another course from the History, Political Science, Sociology or Women’s Studies departments that deals in a significant way with the political values and institutional context of the law may be substituted for the courses listed above with the approval of the History Department’s undergraduate advisor.

3. International Perspective (choose one)
In a global economy, no study of how law works in society is complete without an introduction to the international dimension of law.

LGST216 Legal Problems of Emerging Economies
LGST219 Law and Policy in International Business
LGST224 Human Rights & Globalization

4. Public Policy and Regulation (choose one)
The ways in which political and regulatory systems interact with law and social norms closely tied to law is crucial to understanding how law operates.

BEPP201 Public Finance and Policy
BEPP203 Business in the GlobalĀ Political Environment
LGST100 Ethics and Social Responsibility

5. Legal Depth (choose one)
An in-depth examination of a single area of legal regulation affords students a context in which to apply the historical, philosophical, political and economic perspectives they have gained through their course of study.

LGST202 Law of Corporate Management & Finance
LGST204 Legal Aspects of Real Estate Financing and Developments
LGST205 Innovation, Marketing Strategy, and Antitrust
LGST208 The Law at Work: Employment Law for Managers
LGST212 Economic Analysis of Law
LGST213 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
LGST215 Environmental Management Law & Policy
LGST218 Diversity and the Law
LGST221 Constitutional Law and Free Enterprise
LGST222 Internet Law, Privacy and Cybersecurity
LGST223 Securities Regulation
LGST228 Sports Law
LGST242 Big Data Big Responsibility
LGST243 Other People’s Money
LGST244 Blockchain Cryptocurrency
LGST245 Business, Law, and Democracy
LGST246 Corporate Distress and Reorganization Law

Another 200 level Legal Studies and Business Ethics course may be substituted with the Legal Studies and Business Ethics’ Undergraduate Advisor’s approval. The negotiations courses (LGST 206/291/292) do not qualify for this bracket.

6. Additional Information
For additional information or to apply for this minor, students should contact the appropriate offices:

Students declare the minor through their home school.

College of Arts and Sciences
Academic Advising
120 Cohen Hall
249 South 36th Street

Contact for questions regarding College courses.
History Department
Undergraduate Advisor
College Hall 208C
215-898-4576 or histadv@history.upenn.edu

Contact for questions regarding Wharton courses.
Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department
Undergraduate Advisor
600 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
215-898-7689 orĀ hughesrc@wharton.upenn.edu

Wharton Undergraduate Division
Academic Advising
G95 Jon M. Huntsman Hall