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Minor in Pre-Law

The Pre-Law minor offers students interested in either exploring the idea of Law school or committed to it but preferring to major in a traditional degree program such as History/Political Science, English, or Sociology a minor option in preperation for graduate school.  The program strives to provide students with a basic understanding of our society’s historical and political development, solid reading, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills, and some experience with the law directly.  It is run by the Program Coordinator for History/Political Science who also serves as the campus Pre-Law Adviser, currently that is Professor Andrew McFarland.

Minors must complete 18 credit hours in history with a grade of C- or higher in each course.

Political Science Foundation (3 credits)

  • Intro to Political Theory, Y215

History Foundation (3 credits)

  • Any 300+ level History course

Literature Foundation (3 credits)

  • Any E or L 300+ literature course except L390 and L391

Humanities Foundation (3 credits)

Ethics and Philosophy:

  • P342 Problems in Ethics
  • P345 Problems in Social and Political Philosophy
  • P375 Philosophy of Law,

Or Debate/Argumentation:                                            

  • SPCH228 Argumentation and Debate
  • C310 Rhetoric and Public Address
  • C321 Persuasion
  • C325 Interviewing
  • C444 Political Communication

Law Electives (6 credits, at least 3 at the 300 level or above) from SPEA, Psychology, Labor Studies, Sociology, Political Science, or Business.                                                 


  • V376 Law and Public Policy
  • J301 Substantive Criminal Law
  • J306 The Criminal Courts
  • SPEA-J321 American Policing
  • J331 Corrections
  • SPEA-J439 Crime and Public Policy
  • J302 Procedural Criminal Law
  • J305 The Juvenile Justice System

Note: V classes require V170 and J classes require J101 as prerequisites.


  • S325 Criminology
  • S328 Juvenile Delinquency
  • S360 Topics is Social Policy
  • S420 Topics in Deviance

Note: All require S100 or S101 as a prerequisite, and S316 Family is required for S360: Family Violence.


  • P322 Psychology in the Courtroom

Labor Studies:                                                                        

  • L200 Survey of Employment Law
  • L201 Labor Law
  • Corporate Law


  • L200 Elements of Business Law
  • L201 Legal Environment of Business

Political Science:                                                        

  • Y304 Constitutional Law
  • Y371 Workshop in International Topics if it pertains to law directly.

Note I: Many of these courses have prerequisites in their fields.

Note II: A course not listed, but related to one of the categories can be accepted to count for that category with the permission of the Pre-Law advisor.

Note III: At least 12 of the 18 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above.

For More Information

Please contact us for more information about programs available from the Department of Sociology, History, and Political Science.

Last updated: 06/09/2015