The Media Law and Ethics minor studies the intersections of social institutions and practices with issues of professional and individual responsibility. The laws and regulations that govern the organization, content and ownership of media outlets profoundly impact on the shape of our society. Students preparing for careers across the public and private sectors need to understand the historical and contemporary context for a variety of policy debates. This knowledge will help them develop their own ideas about proper conduct and just behavior. This minor incorporates courses on professional ethics and conduct that conform to the national standards set by the American Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the Public Relations Society of America.