Jun 13, 2024  
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Law, B.A.

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120 Credit Hours

*must include a minor or an additional major

Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

1.   Demonstrate effective written communication skills.

2.   Demonstrate effective public speaking skills.

3.   Demonstrate effective analytical skills.

4.   Demonstrate ability to construct well-formulated arguments.

5.   Analyze primary and secondary legal texts.

6.   Demonstrate knowledge of the main elements of the Anglo-American legal and political tradition.

7.   Demonstrate knowledge of the main political, economical and social developments in U.S. history from the European discovery to the present day. 

8.   Demonstrate knowledge of America’s founding ideas.

9.   Explain the political and legal characteristics of the American system of government.          

10. Explain how the U.S. Constitution allocates governing authority.

11. Identify and apply the main protections of civil liberties in the U.S. Constitution.

12. Demonstrate knowledge of Christian perspectives on law and justice.

13. Demonstrate knowledge of Christian perspectives on government.

14. Analyze the role of Christianity in the development of Western law.

General Education Requirements - 43 Credit Hours

Pre-Law majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements  as set out in the General Education Program .

Global Studies and Social Science Requirements

Global Studies Requirement:  Pre-Law majors must take PLS 3253   Principles of International Law as the Global Studies electve.

Social Science Requirement: Pre-Law major must take PLS 3113  - Methodology of Political Science as the Social Science elective

Additional Natural Science Requirements - 5 Credit Hours

Students in the School of Arts and Sciences must take five additional hours of natural science: 1 lab to accompany the course taken for general education [BIO 1043 , BIO 1023 , ESC 1043 , OCY 1043 , PHY 1033  or PHY 1063 ], and one additional natural science course and accompanying lab. The two natural sciences must be in different areas (both cannot be in biological sciences). In sum, students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of natural science courses: two natural science courses (in two different areas) along with the labs associated with each.

Modern Language Requirement - 3-6 Credit Hours

Pre-Law majors are required to successfully complete (with a final grade of C- or higher):

  • One intermediate modern language course (3 credit Hours), OR
  • Two elementary modern language courses (6 credit Hours), OR
  • One elementary and one intermediate modern language course (6 credit Hours).

Pre-Law majors who choose another major or minor with its own language requirements may elect to use the language requirement of that major or minor as a substitute for their Pre-Law modern language requirement.

Note: No CLEP, AP, IB, or transient study credit may be used to fulfill this requirement. These credits must be fulfilled at PBA.

Minor Requirement

Pre-Law students are required to complete a minor or additional major in a discipline of their choice. Courses completed for the Pre-Law degree may not be credited toward the minor or second major unless this is allowed by the second program.

Politics as a Second Major - 21 Credit Hours

Pre-Law students may earn a second major in Politics by completing all of the General Education Credits (43 hours), Additional Natural Science Credits (5 hours), Modern Language Credits (3-6 hours), and Required Courses for the Pre-Law Program (39 hours) above and:


Additional Requirements

*25-28 additional credit hours are required to meet the 120-credit hour requirement and the 42-credit hour upper-level requirement.

All students majoring in Pre-Law must attain a “C” grade or higher in all pre-law program required courses and a “C-” or higher in the following courses:

Sample Degree Plan

Pre-Law Degree Plan 

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