The Philosophy Pre-Law major is designed for students who want to investigate the basic moral and political concepts and traditions that shape contemporary legal thought. Law is a morally complex phenomenon. On the one hand, law claims to embody values of fairness, justice, equality and freedom. On the other hand, skeptics argue that law is the site of exploitation, domination, racism, sexism and inequality. Philosophy provides the tools and perspectives to address the most difficult questions about law and society. Philosophy pre-law majors will also achieve a firm grounding in the history and problems of philosophy broadly conceived.
The Philosophy Pre-Law major provides students interested in a career in law with a program specifically designed to develop the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary for law school. The pre-law philosophy major also offers an ideal preparation for students interested in careers in public policy, NGOs or government.
The pre-law track requires a minimum of 30 credit hours to complete the major, satisfying the following distribution of courses:
I. Systematic Philosophy
Moral and Political Theory (Choose 1):
Philosophy and Social Topics (Choose 1):
Theoretical Philosophy (Choose 1):
II. History of Philosophy
(Choose 1 from each of the 3 historical periods):
Students must take 3 electives. Some courses offered recently are:
IV. Major Seminar course
All majors must complete at least one Major Seminar course (A490, A491, A492 or A493) prior to graduation.