Prelaw Minor

Main Campus - Melbourne
Minor Code: 6187 Degree Awarded: none
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Curriculum (19 credit hours)
  • COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acquaints students with a variety of library services, sources and systems. Emphasizes research strategies and tools useful in each student's field of study, as well as the use of print, Internet and other electronic resources.
  • COM 2224 Business and Professional Writing
    Credit Hours: 3
    Designed for the future business professional. Includes business research methods, report writing, business correspondence and communication in the workplace. Covers analytical, informational, routine and special reports.
  • HUM 2401 Introduction to Law
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the basics of the U.S. legal system. Explores the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties and civil rights, the U.S. judicial system and how citizens interact with it.
  • HUM 2510 Logic
    Credit Hours: 3
    Deals mainly with deductive logic, although all the fallacies of reasoning are examined in both an informal and a formal context. Brings out the role of logic in science and law, as well as ways of making formal proofs of validity.
Select one course:
  • HUM 3401 Constitutional Law 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the evolution of U.S. constitutional law. Emphasizes the development of the U.S. Supreme Court. Uses important legal cases to determine how power is distributed between the national and state governments.
  • HUM 3402 Constitutional Law 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Continues . Includes in-depth study of the distribution of power between individuals and government through review of important legal cases dealing primarily with civil liberties and civil rights.
Six credit hours from the following:
  • BUS 2601 Legal and Social Environments of Business
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates the operational responsibilities of business in light of political, moral, social, ethical and jurisprudential considerations.
  • COM 2370 Speech
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the concepts and techniques of effective public speaking and small group communication. Students prepare, organize and deliver different kinds of short speeches.
  • COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers interpersonal and group communication in the professions for future executives. Students prepare and deliver a variety of career-related presentations.
  • HUM 2385 Special Topics in World History
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines cultural, geographical and philosophical issues in world history. Topics announced before registration.
  • HUM 2480 Introduction to Political Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces students to the theories and concepts of political science. Emphasizes examining the interaction between ideas, values and institutions in contemporary U.S. political culture.
  • HUM 3385 Special Topics in History
    Credit Hours: 3
    Offers an opportunity for in-depth analysis of a historical problem or event. Includes a wide range of possibilities. Topics announced before registration.
  • HUM 3551 Survey of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the history of philosophy from its beginnings with the pre-Socratic Greeks up through its influence on Christian scholasticism in the Middle Ages. Covers the sweep of intellectual history from Thales to Thomas.
  • HUM 3552 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys philosophy beginning with the Renaissance rise of science. Follows rationalism and empiricism, the philosophies of Kant, Hegel and Marx, and concludes with two main movements of the 20th century: analytic philosophy and existentialism.
  • HUM 3585 Special Topics in Philosophy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies a particular period, movement, or individual philosopher or religious figure. Topics announced before registration.
  • PSF 2551 Survey of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the psychological theories and methods pertinent to the legal and criminal justice systems. Includes victimization, reliability of eyewitness testimony, jury selection, treatment vs. incarceration, insanity, family and drug court issues, and trial testimony. Also explores research and training roles in relation to the justice system.


*Research Sources and Systems is a one-credit course.


Note: Prelaw minor not available to humanities majors. The Humanities-Prelaw degree program may be a more appropriate option.