Law, Ethics and Constitutional Studies

The minor in Law, Ethics and Constitutional studies (LEX) helps students appreciate the nation’s constitutional order and its roots in the Western political and philosophical traditions. Jointly sponsored by the political science and philosophy departments, LEX engages constitutionalism, ethics, and the law through thinkers ranging from Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas and Immanuel Kant to James Madison and John Marshall.

Jointly sponsored by the Political Science and Philosophy Departments, LEX engages constitutionalism, ethics and the law through thinkers ranging from Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas and Immanuel Kant to James Madison and John Marshall. In coursework based upon The American Founding, Constitutional Law, Logic, and the Philosophy of Law, students become familiar with political and philosophical texts like the Federalist Papers and The Treatise on Law, as well as landmark legal documents like the Mayflower Compact, the Constitution of the United States and Marbury v. Madison. You’ll approach these not merely as technical works but as political and philosophical texts that reflect ethical judgments, texts that must continue to be interpreted through the deliberate reflection of a political community.

The reasoning, rhetorical and writing capacities students develop in the Law, Ethics and Constitutional Studies minor are ideally suited to graduate school, law school, and employment in a variety of fields, such as government, teaching, journalism, law, and business. Not a pre-professional program, LEX helps students, whatever their future careers, to develop into citizens ready to take their place in the philosophical and constitutional tradition of America and the West. Drawing on the unique strengths of Assumption University as a Catholic liberal arts institution, the LEX Minor in Law, Ethics and Constitutional Studies is designed for those who want to acquire the liberal arts skills essential to professional and personal excellence, as well as to all those who aspire to thoughtful citizenship.

Program Contact

Jeremy Geddert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science, LEX Director
508-767-7166 Founders Hall - Room 332

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • The LEX minor consists of seven courses: four specified courses, two courses selected from Electives List A, and one course selected from Electives List B.

    Required Courses (4)
    PHI 199 Logic
    PHI 314 Philosophy of Law
    POL 312 The American Founding
    POL 316 Constitutional Law Electives
    List A (2)
    PHI 318 Individual and Community
    PHI 321 Biomedical Ethics
    PHI 322 Advanced Topics in Ethics
    POL 311 American Political Thought
    POL 315 The Judiciary
    POL 318 Problems in Civil Liberties
    POL 345 Political Mass Murder
    POL 373 International Law
    POL 376 Terrorism in the Modern World
    POL 377 Politics of Just Wars
    Electives List B (1)
    BUS 215 Business Law I
    ECO 230 Law and Economics
    ENG 201 Argument and Persuasion
    ENG 211 Speech
    HIS 202 Ancient Rome, 509 B.C. – A.D. 565
    HIS 259 Revolutionary America
    HIS 267 United States Foreign Relations Since 1776
    LAT 101-202 Latin I-IV
    PHI 202 Ethics
    POL 110 Political Issues: The Quest for Justice
    POL 201 American Government
    SOC 242 Criminology
    THE 343 Social Teachings of the Church

    Course Descriptions

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