Minor in Legal Studies and History (LSHS)

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.

To declare the LSHS minor: College students should contact Dr. Yvonne Fabella, and Wharton students should contact Professor Robert Hughes

The Legal Studies and History Minor requires 8 courses


Required Core courses (3):

  • HIST 1119 (formerly HIST 168) History of American Law to 1877               
  • HIST 1169 (formerly HIST 169) History of American Law Since 1877
  • LGST 1010 (formerly LGST 101) Law and Social Values


Philosophical Foundations of Law (choose 1):

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.

  • PHIL 1433 (Formerly PHIL/PPE 008) The Social Contract             
  • PHIL 1450 (Formerly PHIL 077) Philosophy of Law        
  • PHIL 2450 (Formerly PHIL 277) Justice, Law and Morality          
  • ECON 0440 (formerly 036) Law and Economics   


Political & Institutional Context of Law (choose 1):

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.

  • HIST 1110 (formerly HIST109) Hamilton's America: US History 1775-1800
  • HIST 1151 (formerly HIST 161) American Capitalism       
  • PSCI 0602 (formerly PSCI 183) American Political Thought       
  • SOCI 1120 (formerly SOCI 135) Law and Society            


International Perspective (choose 1):

In a global economy, no study of how law works in society is complete without an introduction to the international dimension of law.

  • LGST 2160 (LGST 216) Emerging Economies  
  • LGST 2190 (LGST 219) Law and Policy in International Business            
  • LGST 2240 (LGST 224) Human Rights and Globalization            


Public Policy & Regulation (choose 1):     

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.

  • BEPP 2010 (BEPP 201) Public Finance and Policy.        
  • BEPP 2030 (BEPP 203) Business in the Global Political Environment.  
  • LGST 1000 (LGST 100) Ethics and Social Responsibility              


Legal Depth (choose 1):

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.

  • LGST 2020 (LGST 202) Law of Corporate Management and Finance  
  • LGST 2040 (LGST 204) Real Estate Law
  • LGST 2050 (LGST 205) Innovation, Marketing Strategy, and Antitrust
  • LGST 2080 (LGST 208) The Law at Work: Employment Law for Managers
  • LGST 2120 (LGST 212) Economic Analysis of Law
  • LGST 2130 (LGST 213) Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • LGST 2150 (LGST 215) Environmental Management Law & Policy
  • LGST 2180 (LGST 218) Diversity and the Law
  • LGST 2210 (LGST 221) Constitutional Law and Free Enterprise
  • LGST 2220 (LGST 222) Internet Law, Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • LGST 2230 (LGST 223) Securities Regulation
  • LGST 2280 (LGST 228) Sports Law
  • LGST 2420 (LGST 242) Big Data Big Responsibility
  • LGST 2430 (LGST 243) Other People’s Money
  • LGST 2440 (LGST 244) Blockchain Cryptocurrency
  • LGST 2450 (LGST 245) Business, Law, and Democracy
  • LGST 2460 (LGST 246) Corporate Distress and Reorganization Law
  • Another 2000-level Legal Studies and Business Ethics course may be substituted with the approval of the Legal Studies and Business Ethics’ Undergraduate Advisor: Professor Brian Feinstein The Negotiations courses (LGST 2910/2920) do not qualify for this bracket.

Questions regarding College courses taken for the minor (ECON, HIST, PHIL, PPE, PSCI, SOCI) can be sent to Dr. Yvonne Fabella in the Department of History.