History/Pre-Law

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History/Pre-Law

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History/Pre-Law at Marywood

Our pre-law major will prepare you for law programs by developing your writing, research, and analytical skills in history and other appropriate disciplines, like criminal justice, political science, philosophy, and sociology. The program also includes courses in legal research and writing.

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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History/Pre-Law

Our pre-law major will prepare you for law programs by developing your writing, research, and analytical skills in history and other appropriate disciplines, like criminal justice, political science, philosophy, and sociology. The program also includes courses in legal research and writing.

Requirements for the History/Pre-Law Major

Core Requirements:

PHIL 215 (3 credits)– Critical Thinking strongly encouraged for Pre-Law Students

Major Requirements:

History Required Courses -- 24 credits

HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World 3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century 3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
HIST 252 US History to 1865 3
HIST 253 US History from 1865 3
HIST 200+ Developing World 200 level 3
HIST 260 Theory and Methods in History 3
HIST 460 Seminar in History 3

History Electives -- 18 credits

6 courses 300-400 level (at least 1 from each field):

  • US History
  • European History
  • Non-western/Global South

Social Science Cognates -- 9 credits

SOC 211 Intro to Sociology 3
ECON 100 Basic Economics (or another macro-economics course) 3

PS 210
OR
PS 211

American Government and Politics

State and Local Government

3

Pre-Law Concentration -- 18 credits

PL 200 Intro to Legal Studies 3
PL 210 Legal Reasoning 3
CJ 100+ Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Upper Level Electives -- choose 3 courses from at least 2 different disciplines. 9

Choose from:

  • CJ/SOC 303 Criminology
  • CJ 309 Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CJ 330 Prosecuting Criminal Cases
  • CJ/SOC 443 The American Prison
  • CJ 425 Children‘s Rights and Societal Responses
  • ENG 484 Political Writing and Rhetoric
  • PHiL 304 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 315 Ethics
  • PHIL 326 Political Philosophy
  • PHiL 328 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 450S Moral and Legal Rights
  • SOC 318 Social Theory
  • PS 312 International Relations
  • PS 315/316 Constitutional Law I and II
  • PS 314A/B American Political Thought
  • PS 325 The American Presidency
  • PS 327 US Contemporary GeoPolitics
  • PS 400 Comparative Government

Total Credits: 109-112 (Other electives to equal 120)