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The Interdisciplinary Minor in Pre-Law is for students interested in studying law. It has a threefold mission.

First, it seeks to encourage sustained reflection upon the relationship between law and human nature.

Second, it seeks to give students a practical introduction to the basic elements of the American legal system, as well as other legal systems, and the history of legal thought and practice.

Third, it seeks to provide students with the background and skills necessary for success in law school and in the field of law. Special attention will be given to logical and critical thinking, persuasive argument, and cogent speaking and writing.

Entry Procedure for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Pre-Law Studies:  Approval and planning a course of study with an advisor and the program director in Political Science is required.

Requirements for Interdisciplinary Minor in Pre-Law Studies (18 credits)

Students may not count more than 12 hours of Political Science toward the minor. 9 hours must be from approved General Education courses.

Foundation Course Required:  
+PSCI 110 Law and Society: An Introduction to the American Legal System

Choose One:  
CRJU 400 Criminalogical Theory
+PHIL 210 Social/Political Philosophy
+PSCI 320 Natural Law, Natural Rights & the Common Good
+THEO 310 Social Justice

Choose Two:  
COMM 432 Media Law
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJU 410 Crime Policy Analysis
CRJU 411 The Constitution and Criminal Justice
CRJU 487 Race, Gender, Class, and Criminal Justice
CRJU 499 Comparative Justice Systems
+WI-ENGL 303 Shakespeare 
+HIST 307 Revolutionary America, 1763-1815
+HIST 350 Advanced Topics in History
+PSCI 304 U.S. Constitution and Civil Liberties
PSCI 360 Administrative Law and Regulations 
PSYC 321 Psychology and Law
PSYC 325 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSYC 327 Psychology and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender 
PSYC 328 Psychology and Treatment of the Crime Victim 
+SOC 120 Social Problems
+SOC 235 Deviant Behavior
+SOC 340 Race and Ethnicity
+WI-SOC 365 Social Stratification and Inequality

Choose One:  
+COMM 228 Argumentation and Advocacy
+COMM 329 Business and Professional Speaking 
WI-ENGL 216 Persuasive Writing 
WI-ENGL 315 Written Business Communication 
LAT 101 First Semester Latin 
+PHIL 201 Logic
+PSCI 305 Mock Trial (1 credit)

Capstone experience:  
WI-PSCI 400, or capstone in major with permission.

+ = satisfies a general education requirement
WI = writing intensive course