Pre Law Major

7186
Bachelor of Arts
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7186 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities - Prelaw offers the courses needed to meet the entrance requirements of law schools. Prelaw majors are able to gain a thorough grounding in a variety of academic disciplines applicable to graduate study in law. Students work with the prelaw advisor to select a course of study customized for their own needs and interests. A prelaw major contemplating admission to a law school should consult the prelaw advisor early in the program.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities - Prelaw require a minimum of 122 credit hours as outlined in the following requirements and sample curriculum. Any program plan selected in consultation with the student's advisor must include Q-designated research in an agreed area to begin during the spring term of the junior year. Prelaw majors must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours of advanced coursework (3000-level and above) chosen from upper-level courses in humanities or psychology.

Candidates for a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities - Prelaw require a total of 122 credit hours for graduation as follows.

Curriculum
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern
    Credit Hours: 3
    Similar in purpose and method to , continues the interpretation of primary texts, emphasizing the Renaissance period, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Modern Age.
Select one course:
  • 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.
  • 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.
Computer Science (3 credit hours)
Foreign Language (12 credit hours from four courses in the same language)
Free Electives (12 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Electives (3 credit hours)
Mathematics (6 credit hours)
Physical or Life Sciences (6 credit hours)
Social Science (3 credit hours)
Program Requirements
Complete:
  • 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.
  • HUM 2085 Critical Approaches to Humanities and Social Sciences
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines issues in the humanities and the social sciences. Improves students' critical thinking and writing abilities. Topics announced before registration.
  • 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 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 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.
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relationship between cultural variables and psychological processes from both a psychological and an anthropological perspective. Addresses cultural, international and ethnic issues.
Prelaw (18 credit hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys some of the basic problems in U.S. history through the Civil War era. Emphasizes origins, social characteristics and competing cultural values of the people that formed the American nation.
  • HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the major ideas, ideals and events that have determined the American experience in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Humanities Degree Core (10 credit hours)

Includes Introduction to the Humanities (HUM 3900), Junior Seminar in Humanities (HUM 3905), Capstone Research Methods (HUM 3999) and Senior Capstone Project (HUM 4100)

Humanities Electives (15 credit hours)

At least nine credit hours must be from 3000-level (or higher) HUM courses.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews computers and terminology. Identifies appropriate problems and solution design using specific applications packages. Introduces the use of word processors, data managers, spreadsheets and the Internet (email and Web browsers).
    Requirement(s):
    College of Engineering majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • MTH 1701 College Algebra
    Credit Hours: 3
    Real-number system; arithmetic operations with polynomials, special products and factoring; linear, fractional and quadratic equations; inequalities, exponents, radicals and absolute values; functions and graphs; and complex numbers, logarithms, logarithmic and exponential functions. Credit can only be applied toward business, communication, humanities, management, psychology or computer information systems degrees at Florida Tech.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • LNG xxxx Foreign Language Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Science) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1702 Applied Calculus
    Credit Hours: 3
    Elements of differential and integral calculus with application to business, economics, management and the social and life sciences, as well as maxima, minima, rates, exponential growth and decay, and some techniques of integration.
  • LNG xxxx Foreign Language Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Science) Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • 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.
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
  • LNG xxxx Foreign Language Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern
    Credit Hours: 3
    Similar in purpose and method to , continues the interpretation of primary texts, emphasizing the Renaissance period, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Modern Age.
  • HUM 2085 Critical Approaches to Humanities and Social Sciences
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines issues in the humanities and the social sciences. Improves students' critical thinking and writing abilities. 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.
  • LNG xxxx Foreign Language Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 3900 Introduction to the Humanities
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces the many facets of humanities. Includes department faculty who introduce the humanities through the lenses of their individual disciplines (history, literature, philosophy, political science, art history, music). Emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach so department majors/minors can better understand the diversity of the humanities.
    Requirement(s):
    FIXED: multidisciplinary
  • HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys some of the basic problems in U.S. history through the Civil War era. Emphasizes origins, social characteristics and competing cultural values of the people that formed the American nation.
  • 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 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.
  • PSY 2444 Cross-Cultural and Ethnic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the relationship between cultural variables and psychological processes from both a psychological and an anthropological perspective. Addresses cultural, international and ethnic issues.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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.
  • HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the major ideas, ideals and events that have determined the American experience in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • 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 3905 Junior Seminar in the Humanities
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on one enduring question facing scholars in the humanities. Considers a different question and its related texts each semester. Equips students for the Senior Capstone Project by increasing awareness of the humanities through study and writing in the styles of the divers disciplines.
  • Humanities Elective (3000-level or higher) Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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 3999 Capstone Research Methods
    Credit Hours: 3
    Acts as the first step in the two-course capstone sequence. Covers conducting research in the humanities, and applying knowledge and research skills acquired to writing required for capstone project. Requires working with a capstone faculty member to gather materials necessary for thesis and capstone proposal and project.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective (3000-level or higher) Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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.
  • HUM 4100 Senior Capstone Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    A project consisting of original research that will result in a substantial written work about a significant issue in the humanities. Serves as the culmination of a humanities major's undergraduate program.
    Requirement(s):
    Department head approval
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective (3000-level or higher) Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 122