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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 credits)

History Courses—36 credits which must include the following:

  • Hist 300: Writing about History
  • Hist 469: Seminar in History
  • U.S. history: 6 credits
  • European history: 6 credits
  • Global/non-Western history: 6 credits

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


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

  • Business/Accounting – 6 credits: EconS 101, 102, 198 Acctg 220, or B Law 210
  • Communications—3 credits: (Com 102)​
  • English – 3 credits: English 201, 301, or 402
  • Philosophy – 3 credits: Phil 201, 360, 370, or 470
  • Political Science – 9 credits: (must include Pol S 300), Pol S 101, 102, or 206
  • Social Sciences/Humanities –6 credits: Psych 105 and Soc 101

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