Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Concentration in Pre-Law
A number of departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offer programs, both minors and majors, designed to serve students who intend to go to Law School. By majoring in Liberal Studies, students can combine the best of these into one cohesive program. The suggestions below combine the minors in History, Philosophy and Political Science with most of the English (major) Concentration in Pre-Law.
General Education Requirements (GenEd)
|Area||Credits Required||Pre-Law Suggestion|
|Social Sciences||6||HIS 227, 4 credits and PSC 111, 4 credits|
|Arts & Humanities||6||ENG 240, 4 credits or ENG 241, 4 credits and HL 130, 4 credits|
|Other GenEd||Student's Choice|
Liberal Studies Requirements Beyond GenEd
|Area||Credits Required||Pre-Law Suggestion|
|Social Sciences||16||Political Science|
|Arts & Humanities||16||English, History, and Philosophy|
|Natural Sciences/QL||16||Student's Choice|
|Free Electives||18||More English, History, and Philosophy|
|Liberal Studies Total||66|
1. Social Sciences (Liberal Studies requires 16 credits beyond GenEd)
PSC 111 (take as part of GenEd Social Science Requirement)
- PSC 310 Constitutional Law, 4 credits
- PSC 311 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, 4 credits
- PSC 340 Foundations of Political Thought, 4 credits
- PSC 341 Modern Political Thought, 4 credits
- PSC 342 American Political Thought, 4 credits
Plus: PSC 423 Seminar in Legal and Political Theory, 5 credits
Since PSC 111 is listed among the GenEd Social Science pre-law suggestions, only 13 credits are needed to insert a Political Science Minor into a Liberal Studies Program. The remaining 3 are the student's choice. That is, taking PSC 111 as part of GenEd, and taking PSC 423 along with two of PSC 310, 311, 340, 341, or 342, incorporates the pre-law minor in Political Science as part of a major in Liberal Studies.
2. Arts and Humanities (Liberal Studies requires 16 credits beyond GenEd)
By carefully choosing courses from among those listed for English, History and Philosophy, a Liberal Studies major can combine several strong pre-law minors into a comprehensive pre-law major.
Introductory courses, one of which is taken as part of GenEd Humanities Requirement:
- ENG 240, 4 credits
- ENG 241, 4 credits
One Grammar or Linguistics course:
- ENG 310 Traditional Grammar, 4 credits
- ENG 311 Elements of Linguistics, 4 credits
One Critical Theory or Rhetoric course:
- ENG 302 Rhetoric of the Law, 4 credits
- ENG 360 Studies in Literary Criticism, 4 credits
- ENG 361 Classical Rhetoric, 4 credits
- ENG 382 Canonicity, 4 credits
Electives: 14 credits in courses numbered ENG 300 and above Senior seminar: ENG 495 (4 credits)
Since one introductory course is taken as part of GenEd, the Concentration consists of 30 credits. However, no more than 18 credits from any one department may count towards a Liberal Studies major. So, the full English Concentration in Pre-Law cannot be inserted into a Liberal Studies Program. Liberal Studies majors are advised to choose among the suggestions according to their interests or even to combine Liberal Studies with a second major in English.
A minor in history consists of 24 credits in history, of which at least 16 must be earned at the 300 level or above. Since 4 credits in History are listed among the GenEd Social Sciences pre-law suggestions, 20 more are needed for the minor. However, no more than 18 credits from any one department may count towards a Liberal Studies major. If HIS 227 is taken as part of the GenEd Social Sciences, another approved lower level history course may be taken as part of the GenEd Humanities, after which only 16 more credits are needed and those may be inserted into a Liberal Studies program.
A minor in philosophy consists of 16 credit hours selected from courses eligible to count for the major. That is from among
- PHL 130, (take as part of GenEd Humanities Requirement) or
PHL 332 (take as part of Liberal Studies Math Requirement)
- PHL 261 Ancient Philosophy
- PHL 262 Medieval Philosophy
- PHL 263 Early Modern Philosophy
- Electives: 16 credits, no more than 4 that are below the 300 level
Since PHL 130 is listed among the GenEd Humanities pre-law suggestions, only 12 credits are needed to insert a Philosophy Minor into a Liberal Studies Program. Only 8 are needed if PHL 332 is taken as part of the Liberal Studies Natural Sciences/Quantitative Literacy requirement.
3. Natural Sciences/Quantitative Literacy (Liberal Studies requires 16 credits beyond GenEd)
PHL 332 Deductive Logic II
See the Liberal Studies Course Planner for additional choices.
4. Free Electives, 18 credits beyond GenEd
Fill out the major by choosing 18 credits from among the Liberal Studies suggestions for Arts and Humanities.
5. Capstone Course
Among the last 16 credits taken, choose a capstone course from among those offered by English, History, Philosophy and Political Science.
GenEd Pre-Law Suggestions
1. Quantitative Literacy, 6 credits
Two courses from the GenEd QL list including at least one in statistics.
2. Arts and Humanities, 6 credits in two fields
- ENG 240, Introduction to Poetry, 4 credits or
ENG 241, Introduction to Fiction and Drama, 4 credits
- PHL 130 Introduction to Logic, 4 credits
This gives a total of 8 credits. Six credits complete the GenEd Arts & Humanities Requirement. The remaining 2 count towards the Liberal Studies major.
3. Social Sciences, 6 credits in two fields
- HIS 227, Power, Authority, and Society in Nonwestern Communities, 4 credits
- PSC 111, American Government, 4 credits
This gives a total of 8 credits. Six credits complete the GenEd Social Science Requirement. The remaining 2 count towards the Liberal Studies major.
4. The other GenEd requirements are fulfilled according to the choices of the Liberal Studies student.<!-- END local site text -->