Pre-Law Concentration

Students who wish to major in history and prepare for law school or prestigious J.D.-Ph.D. programs can opt for a pre-law concentration. Students should contact Robert Baker, the department’s pre-law advisor, for more information about law school admissions.

Area A-F requirements for the Pre-Law Concentration are the same as for the B.A. in History. One or more of the following courses are strongly recommended:

  • PHIL 2500 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)
  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (Prerequisite: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111) (3)
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (Prerequisite: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111) (3)

Area G (Pre-Law): Major Courses (30)

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (4)
    • HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW (4) (should be taken first among upper-division courses)
  2. Two of the following courses (8):
    • HIST 4450 Crime in America (4)
    • HIST 4460 Bills of Rights (4)
    • HIST 4470 The Founders’ Constitution (4)
    • HIST 4532 Crime & Law, Early Modern Europe (4)
    • HIST 4540 Britain, Ireland, and the British Atlantic, 1485-1689 (4)
    • HIST 4550 Britain, Ireland, and the British Empire since 1689 (3)
  3. One course in African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or world history.
  4. Capstone Course in Historical Research (4)
    • HIST 4990 Historical Research-CTW (4) (Prerequisite: HIST 3000 and at least three other upper-division courses, including at least two 4000-level classes.)

Area H (Pre-Law): Minor and Additional Courses

Students in the pre-law concentration must take an additional 9 hours. At least three credit hours must come from Field 2.

Field 1:

  • HIST 3250 Religion in American Life (4)
  • HIST 3900 Human Rights in World History (3)
  • HIST 4100 Philosophy of History (3)
  • HIST 4190 American Culture and Ideas I (4)
  • HIST 4200 American Culture and Ideas II (4)
  • HIST 4630 European Intellectual History I: from Medieval to Marx (4)
  • HIST 4640 European Intellectual History II: from Marx to Postmodernism (4)

Field 2:

  • PHIL 4500 Symbolic Logic (prerequisite: PHIL 2500 with grade of B or higher) (3)
  • PHIL 4700 Ethics (prerequisite: one 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course) (3)
  • PHIL 4820 Philosophy of Law (prerequisite: one 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course) (3)
  • RELS 4140 Religion and Law (3)
  • RELS 5150 Religion, Nation, and Law (3)
  • RELS 4670 Church and State (3)
  • SOCI 3224 Crime and Punishment (3)
  • POLS 3140 Judicial Process and Courts (3)
  • POLS 4130 American Constitutional Law (3)
  • POLS 4131 Civil Liberties and Rights (3)

Other courses may be substituted for the Area H requirement by the History pre-law advisor.

Additional courses from departments other than the major must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of KH 1010. The department strongly recommends that majors take the fourth semester of a foreign language: Lang 2002.