Credits Required

Total credits in the minor: 16

Credits at CSUMB: Please see an HCOM advisor.



Outcomes, Courses and Assessment

Any course currently available to HCOM majors for the Pre-Law concentration is also available to students seeking a Pre-Law minor. Students choose one course that meets each learning outcome and one additional Pre-Law course of their own choosing. Students may NOT use one course to meet TWO of the minor's learning outcomes. Students may also choose one learning experience including HCOM 398HCOM 398: Legal Studies Internship or an independent study to complete their elective course for the minor.

To complete the minor, students will have learned the following outcomes:

LO 1 Ethical and Effective Decision-Making ~ Students will be able to identify and describe complex issues involving decision-making processes in a variety of contexts at the interpersonal, community and global levels. Students will also demonstrate the ability to self-reflexively identify and describe their own and other people's relevant beliefs, attitudes, values and ethical frameworks in their socio-historical context without imposing their own onto others.

Complete one of the following:
HCOM 304HCOM 304: Relational Ethics
HCOM 310HCOM 310: Free Speech & Resp
HCOM 403HCOM 403: Ethical Issues
HCOM 403SHCOM 403S: Ethics in the Professions:SL
HCOM 412HCOM 412: Multicultural Conflict Resolut

LO 2 Deeper Understanding of Law in Society ~ Students will develop a deeper understanding of how law and legal systems intersect with everyday lives of ordinary people, especially in terms of race, class, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation. Students will also develop a deeper awareness of how law and legal systems intersect with systems of power and privilege. In the process, students will develop the skill to analyze how law and legal institutions articulate with historically specific multicultural communities in the United States and/or across national boundaries.

Complete one of the following:

HCOM 310HCOM 310: Free Speech & Resp HCOM 340SHCOM 340S: Topics in Social Movements SL HCOM 343HCOM 343: Race & Gender Justice HCOM 357HCOM 357: Constitutional Law HCOM 358HCOM 358: Crit Perspect on Law inSociety HCOM 359HCOM 359: Sexuality, Law and History HCOM 360HCOM 360: Topics in Const History

LO3 Critical Thinking, Communication and Advocacy Skills ~ Students will become aware of the impact of interpersonal, intercultural, small group, and/or institutional contexts on communication dynamics, and develop the ability to understand how and why beliefs, values, assumptions and communication practices interact to shape ways of being and knowing. In the process, students will demonstrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills that enable empathic and critical communication and advocacy. Such skills will include the ability to ask relevant questions, critically identify and explore significant information, and the ability to address, analyze, and assess divergent points of view with mutual respect.

Complete one of the following:
HCOM 301HCOM 301: Ways Of Knowing
HCOM 312HCOM 312: Cooperative Argumentation
HCOM 404HCOM 404: Restorative Justice
HCOM 412HCOM 412: Multicultural Conflict Resolut

Students may choose one upper division course from another academic unit at CSUMB to meet one of the minor learning outcomes or as their elective, subject to the approval of the Pre-Law advisor. At present, the following courses outside of HCOM have been approved to satisfy the following minor learning outcomes. Other courses will be added periodically.

Students may petition the Pre-Law advisor for a course not listed here. 

Additional Choices for LO 1: Ethical and Effective Decision-Making
ENSTU 384ENSTU 384: Social & Ecological Justice and ENSTU 384SENSTU 384S: Social & Ecological Justice SL

CHHS 350CHHS 350: Ethics for Health & Human Serv

BUS 331BUS 331: Organizational Behavior

BUS 331BUS 331: Organizational Behavior

GS 390GS 390: Global Politics

Additional Choices for LO 2: Deeper Understanding of Law in Society
ENSTU 387ENSTU 387: Water Resource Assess/Law/Poli

GS 310GS 310: Genealogy of Globalization

GS 335GS 335: Comparative/Gov'ts & Politics

GS 350GS 350: Gender/Violence in Global Life

GS 360GS 360: Religion/Violence/Peacemaking

GS 370GS 370: Global Political Economy

SBS 350SBS 350: Domination & Resistance: US

Additional Choices for LO 3: Communication and Advocacy Skills
CHHS 330CHHS 330: Collab Community Leadership

CHHS 340CHHS 340: Conflict Res/Collab Negotia

CHHS 350CHHS 350: Ethics for Health & Human Serv

SBS 339SBS 339: Sweat/Service/Solidarity

SL 394SSL 394S: Service & Social Justice