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— Above, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.),
the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee,
with Earlham students. (Photo by Jennifer Domenick)


Courses in the Law and Social Justice Applied Minor seek to provide an understanding of the role of law in the quest for social justice. Students can examine major court decisions, the structure of the nation’s legal system, and the theoretical and philosophical assumptions about the law. They can also gain additional skills and knowledge important for law school success, including: critical reading and thinking, verbal communication, collaborative work, and perhaps most importantly an understanding of key social justice issues. By navigating the recommended courses, as well as taking advantage of extra-curricular opportunities, students will additionally be in an excellent position to make a decision regarding whether to pursue a law degree after completing their undergraduate education.

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Plan of Study


Each student will complete five courses.

Three of the following courses

  • POLS 111 Introduction to Politics
  • POLS 342 Congress and Public Policy
  • POLS 346 Constitutional Law
  • POLS 364 Power, Politics, Theory

Two of the following courses

  • REL 330 Mass Incarceration and Moral Vision
  • ENG 350 Contesting America
  • ENG 353 Topics in Peace and Justice
  • HIST 121 Introduction to U.S. History to 1865
  • HIST 122 Introduction to U.S. History since 1865
  • MATH/PHIL 130 Symbolic Logic


Co-Curricular Activity

At least two of the following activities:

  • Participation in Earlham Student Government in a leadership position (at least 20 hours)
  • Participation as Student representative on a College-wide committee (at least 20 hours)
  • Leadership position in ECMUN (at least 20 hours)
  • Participation in FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend
  • Participate in an MUN Traveling Team
  • Volunteer with an advocacy organization (at least 20 hours)


Culminating Experience 

A Capstone Portfolio to include

  • Title page with student name
  • Rationale for pursuing this Applied Minor
  • Short essay (under 1500 words that connects the rationale, courses taken, and co-curricular components)
  • Writing sample from course work
  • Resume highlighting this Applied Minor

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