Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    18 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 18
  • Accreditation

    WSCUC

The pre-law minor provides a liberal-arts-based introduction to courses in law, government and critical reasoning as a helpful start toward graduate work in the law and related fields.


Courses

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

Settlement and growth of the Anglo-American civilization; the American Revolution; growth of political, economic, social and religious institutions to 1800.

Nationalism and the growth of sectionalism reform movements; Manifest Destiny; disruption of American democracy, Civil War and political reconstruction to 1877.

Post-Civil War economic growth, immigration, trans-Mississippi settlement, industrialization, urbanization; America's rise to world power, Progressive Era and World War I.

Shaping of American social, economic, political, religious and intellectual life and foreign policy in the era of the twenties, New Deal, World War II, Cold War; emphasis on America's new role in a world of global interdependence.

Growth and development of the American economy from the Colonial period to contemporary times. Emphasis on such dynamic factors as political, social, legal, technological and international developments affecting changes in agriculture, transportation, communication, commerce, industry and finance.

The mechanical rules, procedures and customs in the making of laws in American government.

An examination of the principles of the American Constitutional system looking primarily at U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the historical development of Constitutional Law. Attention also given to the judicial branch and its role in American government and politics, particularly its continuing interpretation of the U.S. Constitution as the framework for American democracy.

Specialized study in political science in such areas as American government, the U.S. Constitution, legislation, state and local government, foreign affairs, international relations, the Arab- Israel conflict, political theory, comparative governments, the American presidency, the citizen and the law, political parties, law and public administration.

Elective Courses

The legal and regulatory environment of business including a survey of the legal system, torts, contracts, employment and labor law, business organizations, administrative law and the regulatory process.

Effective oral communication: invention, analysis, evidence, methods of attack and defense and arrangement of ideas.

Descriptions and applications of communication theories such as symbolic interaction, relational theories, narrative paradigm and selected group operational theories.