The Pre-Law emphasis within the political science major offers excellent preparation for students considering future legal training. Both the requirements of the Pre-Law emphasis and the advice given by the students' academic advisors are shaped by the recommendations of the Law School Admissions Council. Pre-Law students develop the knowledge base and critical thinking, writing and speaking skills essential for success in law school. As with the general Political Science degree, the Pre-Law emphasis opens the door to a wide variety of opportunities besides the legal profession. Combining of Pre-Law with Justice Studies is a valuable choice for Political Science (Pre-Law emphasis) majors. Beyond academic course work, the program provides counseling on how to apply for law school as well as an array of activities that enhance the students' chances of success in securing law school admission.
The political science major must (1) complete the University's General Education requirements; (2) meet the distribution and hour requirements (36) in political science; (3) take either MATH 143 Elementary Statistics (substitutes for MATH 113 College Algebra in the University's General Education requirements) or SOSCI 388 Social Research Analysis; (4) elect a minor; (5) take at least 45 upper division hours of classes listed at the 300 level or above; and (6) complete at least 27 hours of upper division political science classes.
MATH 143 can be used as a General Education substitute for MATH 113 College Algebra.