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The Paralegal Studies minor is designed for those who do not plan to attend law school but who would like to work as legal assistants in law offices, governmental agencies, or other law-related organizations. Such assistants typically do legal research and handle routine legal matters under the supervision of attorneys. The minor requires a total of 30 hours, but where appropriate, students are permitted to double count classes in their major and minor. There is no limit on the number of hours a student may take in a single discipline. Students interested in this minor should contact an advisor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations as early in their careers at MTSU as possible.
Interdisciplinary minors require the student to complete a minimum of 15 to 21 hours from a list of specific courses. Unless otherwise noted, a student may take no more than 6 hours of courses from a single department until he or she surpasses the required minimum number of hours necessary for completing the minor. Exceptions to this rule may be found within the discussions of several of the minors. In most cases, a student is also limited to just 3 hours of credit toward the minor in the same department or discipline in which he or she is taking a major. Except for the Paralegal Studies minor, no course may be counted both for major and minor credit. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. In some cases, advisors may approve course substitutions within these program requirements.