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Pre-Law Philosophy Major Requirements enrolled before Fall 2009

Area A-F requirements are the same for the B.A. in Philosophy and the B.A. in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

1. Area B: The department strongly recommends that philosophy majors take Phil 1010, Critical Thinking.

Area F Courses Appropriate to the Major

1. Required Courses (9)
Phil 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
Phil 2050 Philosophical Thinking (3)
For. Lang. 1002 Elementary Foreign Language 11 (3)

2. Recommended Courses (6)
Econ 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
Econ 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
Soci 1101 Introductory Sociology (3)
For. Lang. 2001 Intermediate Foreign Language 1 (3)
For. Lang. 2002 Intermediate Foreign Language 11 (3)
* Students with no other language preference should consider that a grounding in Latin is useful in law school.

Area G Major Courses

*A grade of "C" or better is required in all major courses.*

1. History of Philosophy Requirement (6)
Phil 3010 History of Western Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval (3)
Phil 3020 History of Western Philosophy II: Modern(3)

2. Ethics Requirement: Select at least one of the following courses. (3)
Phil 3720 Contemporary Moral Problems (3)
Phil 3730 Business Ethics (3)
Phil 4800. Social and Political Philosophy. (3)
Phil 4850. African-American Ethical and Legal Issues. (3)

3. Metaphysics, Epistemology, or Philosophy of Mind Requirement: Select at least one of the following courses. (3)
Phil 4090 Special Topics in Continental Philosophy (3)
Phil 4100 Epistemology (3)
Phil 4130 Philosophy of Science (3)
Phil 4330 Philosophy of Mind (3)
Phil 4300 Metaphysics (3)
Phil 4530 Philosophy of Language (3)

4. Pre-Law Concentration Requirement (12)

a. Phil 4700 Ethics (3)

b. Phil 4820. Philosophy of Law. (3)

c. Two of the following courses (6)
AAS 3070. African-Americans in the Criminal Justice System. (3)
Hist 3220. United States in the 20th century (4)
Hist 4240. American Labor and Working Class (4)
Hist. 4540. England to 1689 (4)
Hist 4620. Europe: Culture and Ideas (4)
LglS 3020. Introduction to the Law. (3)
LglS 4050. Principles of Business Law. (3)
Phil 4520. Symbolic Logic. (3)
This course is strongly recommended both for the mental abilities it develops and because many feel that it improves performance on the LSAT.
Phil 4670. Church and State. (3)
PolS 3140 Judicial Process and Courts (3)
PolS 4130 Constitutional Law I (3)
PolS 4131 Constitutional Law II (3)
PolS 3110 State Government (3)
PolS 3170 American Legislative Process (3)
PolS 3700 Public Administration and Bureaucratic Politics (3)
PolS 3750 Public Policy Analysis (3)
PolS 3770 Governmental Budgeting (3)
PolS 4115 Urban Politics (3)
PolS 4157 Politics of the Civil Rights Movement (3)
PolS 4180 American Chief Executives (3)
PolS 4420 International Law (3)
PolS 4425 International Criminal Justice (3)
PolS 4427 International Human Rights (3)
PolS 4570 American Political Thought (3)
PolS 4780 Administrative Law and Government (3)
PolS 4950B Practicum in Political Science (3)
RelS 4670. Church and State. (3)
Soci 3220. Activism, Protest, and Revolution (3)
Soci 3222. Deviant Behavior (3)
Soci 3224. Crime and Punishment (3)
Soci 4218. Power and Politics. (3)
Soci 4314. Complex Social Institutions (3)
Soci 4366. Law and Society (3)

Other law-related 3000-level or 4000-level courses (in any College) approved IN ADVANCE by the Philosophy Pre-Law Adivsor, Dr. Andrew I. Cohen. No courses will be approved after a student has enrolled in the course.

See Course Scheduling.

Developing a relationship with one or more professors so that they know you well and can write good letters of recommendation is also an excellent idea.

The philosophy major does NOT require but is designed to allow, students to set a double major or minor in other disciplines.