Degrees and Requirements

Pre-law

Law schools look for students with critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities, as well as strong writing and oral communication skills. The courses required for completion of a Pre-Law Minor should help students develop those types of skills.

Three academic years are estimated for the Pre-Law Minor with respect to fall/spring course rotation and prerequisites. Students interested in preparing for the LSAT examination should consult with the chair of the Justice, Law, and Security Department for assistance. Completion of this minor alone may not necessarily facilitate adequate preparation for this professional credential.

30 credits are required for completion of the Pre-Law Minor.

REQUIRED COURSES:  SELECT 2 from the following - 6 credits:

  • PHIL3-4XXX: Upper-level Philosophy
  • PSYC3-4XXX: Upper-level Psychology
  • SOCL3-4XXX: Upper-level Sociology
  • CRIM3-4XXX: Upper-level Criminal Justice

Summary of Requirements

Pre-Law Required Course: Choose 1 course: 3 credits

  • ADMG3024
    PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION |

    ADMG3024
    PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide students in the professional areas with training in preparing and giving professional presentations. Students will develop skills in audience/client assessment, research, presentation design and development, using presentation tools and presentation evaluation.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Reserved for JR/SR Only

  • CRIM2011
    INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS & PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES (NSCS2011)|

    CRIM2011
    INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS & PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES (NSCS2011)|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the process used by analysts to develop strategic intelligence. Students will participate throughout the course as a member of a group tasked to complete an estimative project. Students will learn to apply strategic theory to critical national security problems. Cross-listed with NSCS2011 |

    PREREQUISITES:

    CRIM1001 & ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • SPCH1001
    MODERN PUBLIC SPEAKING |

    SPCH1001
    MODERN PUBLIC SPEAKING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Intended to develop an understanding of and facility in the preparation, organization, delivery and criticism of speeches.|

    PREREQUISITES:

Pre-Law Required Courses: 21 credits

  • ENGL2XXX

    ENGL2XXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

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  • ENGL3037
    ADVANCED EXPOSITION |

    ENGL3037
    ADVANCED EXPOSITION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An advanced course in essay writing with emphasis on improving writing style. Methods include an examination of professional writings, frequent written assignments, detailed criticism of student's papers and evaluation of revisions to increase writing flexibility and precision.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • HIST3036
    HIST OF AMERICAN VALUES, BELIEFS(POLI3036) |

    HIST3036
    HIST OF AMERICAN VALUES, BELIEFS(POLI3036) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    In this course we explore the central values, beliefs and ideas that have helped to both shape and reflect the changing history of the United States. Special attention is paid to how particularly important values and ideas reflected certain time periods in American history, and helped to make this country unique. America's values and beliefs evolved both from social changes and grassroots political movements as well as from its leaders and influential thinkers. Contemproary ideas and values in America are provided considerable attention. Cross listed with POLI3036 |

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  • PHIL1020
    LOGIC |

    PHIL1020
    LOGIC |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to help the student understand the methods and principles necessary for correct reasoning. The correct use of reason is indispensable for written and spoken communication. The course deals with language and its uses, fallacies, propositions, syllogisms, inference, probability and scientific hypothesis.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PHIL2026
    ETHICS(SLRS1013) |

    PHIL2026
    ETHICS(SLRS1013) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of historical and contemporary responses to significant moral problems encountered in the Christian life. Topics include conscience, racism, peace and war, ecology, population control, economic justice and capital punishment. Cross-listed with SLRS1013|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • POLI1022
    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT |

    POLI1022
    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces students to the major American political institutions, the way in which the houses of Congress function, and the Presidency while also analyzing civil liberties, constitutional rights, policy-making, social policy issues, the role of political parties, the electoral process, the political role of the media, and foreign policy debates.|

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  • POLI3005
    CONSTITUTIONAL LAW(CRIM3005) |

    POLI3005
    CONSTITUTIONAL LAW(CRIM3005) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore the difficulty in interpreting the meaning of constitutional language. The interpretive role of the U.S. Supreme Court will be studied through an examination of landmark constitutional decisions. The major schools of thought that guide interpretation will also be studied. Cross-listed with CRIM3005.(Previously POLI2005)|

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