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History | Pre-Law

Certifying into History Pre-Law

A history pre-law option emphasizes the historical evolution of the law and the role of legal change in the formation of the social, political, and economic structure of the modern world. The student enrolled in this program will gain knowledge of legal institutions as they currently exist and of the ways in which they developed.

Students who indicate an interest in History and have a 2.5 GPA or above may be admitted to the major. Students majoring in history with an option in pre-law should have a strong and broad high school background in humanities, social science, and languages.

Bachelor of Arts in History with Option in Pre-Law (66 hours)

Required History Courses
Hist 300: Writing about History
Hist 469: Seminar in History
6 hours of U.S. history
6 hours of European history
9 hours of Global/non-Western history

At least 21 of the 36 hours in history courses must be at the 300 and 400 level.

Pre-Law Option: 30 credits – may double as UCORE

  1. Political Science – 3 courses (must include Pol S 300), Pol S 101, 102, or 206
  2. Business/Accounting – 2 courses, EconS 101, 102, 198, Acctg 220, or B Law 210
  3. Social Sciences/Humanities – 3 courses, Psych 105, Soc 101, and Anth 101
  4. Philosophy – 1 course, Phil 201, 360, 370 or 470
  5. English – 1 course, Engl 201, 301, 402

History courses used to complete the degree must be passed with a grade of C or better.