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)
- Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (4)
- HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW (4) (should be taken first among upper-division courses)
- 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)
- One course in African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or world history.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.