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School of Arts and Communication

Prelaw, BA

Humanities-Prelaw students receive a grounding in a variety of academic disciplines applicable to careers in law. The curriculum engages students in a series of challenging courses in history, law, philosophy, psychology and political science. It emphasizes critical thinking, learning to write well and an understanding of human society, skills that are essential for success in law school and professional careers.

Humanities majors complete their General Education Core requirements and Humanities electives such as surveys in American History and Philosophy, Constitutional Law and Introduction to Political Science. In their junior year, students take HUM 3900: Introduction to the Humanities where they are introduced to research methods in the Humanities and HUM 3905: Humanities Junior Seminar that features guest lectures by Humanities faculty members representing a range of disciplines. Some examples of past seminar topics are the Risks of Science and Technology, Superheroes, Alternate History, Race in the Modern World,Banned and Censored Books, and Storytelling.

The courses prepare students for their Senior Capstone Project, beginning in the first semester of their senior year and including HUM 3999: Capstone Research Methods and HUM 4100: Senior Capstone Project. Students choose an interdisciplinary research project that is an extension of their previous coursework. The students regularly meet with the Capstone  Committee, a group of humanities faculty members, and their peers in the Capstone program and work individually with two humanities faculty members as they research and write their senior theses.