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History - Pre-Law Option

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History - Pre-Law Option (120 Hours)

36 semester hours in history is required including 6 hours of US history, 6 hours of European history, and 9 hours of Non-Western/Global history; 12 hours of 100-200-level HISTORY; 3 hours of additional HISTORY; 21 hours of 300-400-level, which must include HISTORY 300 and 469. Included in the program of study below are 30 hours of courses in communication, social sciences and humanities, economics and business that are valuable preparation for study of the law. In addition to these requirements, students are urged to elect, in consultation with their advisor, courses that complement the curriculum's broad based liberal arts education.

To certify in the history pre-law option, a student must have earned at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA.

A grade of C or better is required in all History courses used to fulfill the requirements for this major.

It is assumed that prior to the junior year that students will have completed courses meeting UCORE and College of Arts and Sciences requirements for graduation.
First Year
First TermHours
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]14
COM 102 [COMM]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3 or 4
Second TermHours
ANTH 101 [DIVR]3
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14
PSYCH 105 [SSCI]3
Second Year
First TermHours
SOC 1013
Pre-Law Option3
Electives4
HISTORY Electives26
Second TermHours
Pre-Law Option36
Foreign Language, if necessary, or Elective3 or 4
HISTORY Electives26
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
HISTORY 300 [M]3
Pre-Law Option36
Foreign Language, if necessary, or Elective3 or 4
HISTORY Elective23
Second TermHours
Pre-Law Option33
HISTORY Elective26
300-400-level Electives6
Fourth Year
First TermHours
300-400-level Pre-Law Option33
HISTORY Electives26
300-400-level Electives6
Second TermHours
HISTORY 469 [M]3
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
HISTORY Elective23
300-400-level Electives3
Complete History Department’s Exit Survey

Footnotes
1To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI] and SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 102 [SCI] is offered Spring semester.
2History Electives – 30 credits required, minimum 15 credits at 300-400 level and one [M] course - must include 6 hours US history (HISTORY 110, 111, 150, 201, 205, 216, 280, 298, 308, 313, 314, 320 [M], 321, 322, 390, 398, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413 [M], 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 421, 422, 423, 427 [M], 486, or 496), 6 hours European history (HISTORY 101, 102, 340, 341, 342, 350, 381, 382, 386, 440, 441, 444, 445, 447, 449, 450 [M], 453, 454, 455, 459, 462, 463 [M], 467, 468, or 489 [M]), and 9 hours Non-Western/Global history (HISTORY 230, 231, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 306, 331, 335, 337, 370, 373, 374, 387, 388, 425, 430 [M], 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 439, 466, 472 [M], 473, 474, 475, 476 [M], 477 [M], 483, 491, 492, or 495).
3Pre-Law requirements (may also fulfill UCORE requirements) – Political Science: POL S 300 and two courses from POL S 101, 102, or 206; Business/Accounting: two courses from ECONS 101, 102, 198, ACCTG 230, or B LAW 210; Social Sciences/Humanities: one course from PHIL 201, 360, 370, or 470; English: one course from ENGLISH 201, 301 or 402 [M].

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