Undergraduate Degree - Humanities - Prelaw Program

Program:
Humanities - Prelaw Program
Program Code:
0607 Humanities-Prelaw
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FQ68


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Arts and Letters

Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary Programs

Humanities - Prelaw Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities—Prelaw is derived from the triad version of the Bachelor of Arts degree program in interdisciplinary humanities. In the prelaw program, one emphasis area consists of course work selected from an approved list of prelaw courses in a variety of disciplines both within and outside the College of Arts and Letters. At least one of the other two emphasis areas must be a discipline within the College of Arts and Letters.  The remaining emphasis area may also be within the College of Arts and Letters; however, students are encouraged to select an area outside the college in order to achieve the academic breadth appropriate for law and related fields.
Students with majors in departments within the College of Arts and Letters may add a prelaw component to their education by completing a cognate comprised of course work from the approved list of prelaw courses.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities—Prelaw

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities—Prelaw.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Humanities—Prelaw major is met by completing the Tier II writing requirement for one of the departmental majors that is associated with one of the disciplines within the College of Arts and Letters that the student selects to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Humanities—Prelaw.  Refer to the requirements referenced in items 3. a. (1) (a) and 3. a. (1) (b) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree, with the exception of the College's cognate requirement.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses that are related to Humanities—Prelaw (50 to 64 credits):  
      (1) All of the following 3 emphasis areas; both the areas and the related courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor (45 credits):  
        (a) At least 15 credits in a discipline within the College of Arts and Letters.1, 2  
        (b) At least 15 additional credits in a discipline within or outside the College of Arts and Letters.1, 2  
        (c) At least 15 additional credits in approved pre–law courses selected from the following:  
          ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
          ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
          CJ 210 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
          CJ 220 Criminology 3
          CJ 421 Minorities, Crime, and Social Policy 3
          CJ 425 Women and Criminal Justice 3
          CJ 471 Law of Corrections 3
          CJ 474 Law and Criminal Justice Policy 3
          EC 330 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets 3
          EC 335 Taxes, Government Spending, and Public Policy
          EC 340 Survey of International Economics 3
          EC 360 Private Enterprise and Public Policy 3
          EC 380 Labor Relations and Labor Market Policy 3
          EC 425 Law and Economics 3
          EC 435 Public Expenditures 3
          EC 436 Public Revenues 3
          GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
          HST 318A United States Constitutional History to 1890 3
          HST 318B United States Constitutional History from 1877 3
          HST 350 Constitutional and Legal History of Medieval England
          HST 351 Constitutional and Legal History  
                of England since 1400 3
          PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
          PHL 340 Ethics 3
          PHL 344 Ethical Issues in Health Care 4
          PHL 345 Business Ethics 4
          PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
          PHL 354 Philosophy of Law 3
          PHL 440 Central Issues in Ethics 4
          PHL 450 Liberal Theory and Its Critics 3
          PLS 310 Public Bureaucracy in the Policy Process 3
          PLS 320 The American Judicial Process 3
          PLS 321 American Constitutional Law 3
          PLS 322 Comparative Legal Systems 3
          PLS 324 American Legislative Process 3
          PLS 325 American Executive Process 3
          PLS 371 Classical Political Philosophy 3
          PLS 372 Modern Political Philosophy 3
          PLS 377 American Political Thought 3
          PSY 280 Abnormal Psychology 3
          SOC 241 Social Psychology 3
          SOC 331 Political Sociology 3
          SOC 452 Environment and Society 3
          WS 404 Women and the Law in the United States 3
                   
      (2) A capstone experience of at least 3 credits in an internship, senior seminar, independent study, or overseas study course approved by the student's academic advisor.  
      (3) Additional credits in courses related to Humanities—Prelaw as needed to meet the requirement of at least 50, but not more than 64, credits in courses in the major (2 to 16 credits).  
      (4) At least 20 credits in 300–400 level courses in the student's 3 emphasis areas.  
    b. At least 6 credits in courses that involve quantitative reasoning skills selected from areas such as the following:  mathematics,3 computer science, economics, statistics and probability,3 logic, and research methodology. Both the area and the related courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  

1    A discipline is associated with a departmental major.  The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Humanities—Prelaw major is met by completing the Tier II writing requirement for one of the departmental majors that is associated with one of the disciplines within the College of Arts and Letters that the student selects to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Humanities—Prelaw referenced in items 3. a. (1) (a) and 3. a. (1) (b).  [EXAMPLE:  A student selects philosophy as one of his or her disciplines within the College.  The student chooses to meet the Tier II Writing Requirement for the Humanities—Prelaw major by completing the Tier II Writing Requirement for the Philosophy major.  For that student, the Tier II writing requirement is met by completing one of the following courses:  Philosophy 492 or 499.]

2    If the student selects a foreign language as a discipline, the courses must be at the 300–400 level or above.

3    For students who are admitted to Michigan State University as new freshmen and new transfer students beginning Fall 1993, courses in mathematics and in statistics and probability that may be used to satisfy the University mathematics requirement may not be counted toward this requirement.

 

 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Humanities - Prelaw, BA (0607)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Humanities - Prelaw - Quantitative Reasoning
Major - Humanities - Prelaw - Quantitative Reasoning: 6 credits from courses that involve quantitative reasoning skills selected from areas. Both the area and the related courses must be approved by academic advisor.

Requirement 12: Major - Humanities - Prelaw - Prelaw Courses
Major - Humanities - Prelaw - Prelaw Courses: 15 credits from approved prelaw courses.

Requirement 13: Major - Humanities - Prelaw - Required Electives
Major - Humanities - Prelaw - Required Electives: 5 credits from additional courses related to Humanities-Prelaw as needed to meet the requirement of at least 50, but not more than 64, credits in courses in the major.

Requirement 14: Major - Humanities - Prelaw - Capstone
Major - Humanities - Prelaw - Capstone: 3 credits from approved courses in an internship, senior seminar, independent study, or overseas study. See academic advisor.

Requirement 15: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 20 credits from 300-400 level courses in the student's emphasis areas.

Requirement 16: College - Arts and Letters - Open Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Open Cognate: 15 credits from Courses in a cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 17: College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate: 15 credits from Courses in an open cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 18: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 19: College - Arts and Letters - Second Language
College - Arts and Letters - Second Language: 1 course from a second year foreign language course demonstrating competency in a foreign language.

Requirement 20: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 21: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.