The History and Political Science Department provides a solid foundation for a career in law. The Pre-law Program is specifically designed to prepare students to enter and succeed in law school while challenging them to consider how Christian faith is relevant in the legal system.

As a pre-professional program, students link their Pre-law studies with any major they choose including those recommended by the American Bar Association and most law schools: history, political science, communication, English, business, criminal justice, psychology, information technology, math, biology, and Spanish. Our Pre-law Program also introduces students to a broad range of challenging liberal arts courses and opportunities for an internship in the field. The program culminates in the Pre-law Capstone Seminar and includes a Pre-law faculty advisor in addition to a primary advisor.

Course Requirements for a Pre-Law minor


Examples of courses in this major:

LAW 3130 Business Law I

Basic legal principles which control modern business transactions. Deals with such topics as contracts, agencies, employment, negotiable instruments, property, sales, and business relations with government.

LAW 4100 Criminal Law

The study of substantive criminal law as a means of defining social values. Attention is given to the definition and classification of crime, as well as criminal law theory and the relationship of criminal law to the criminal justice system.

POS 2200 Introduction to American Government

This introduces students to how the political system in America functions. It focuses on the actual workings of the American government and starts with the cultural and constitutional contexts of American politics.

LAW 2500 Mediation Team

This varsity academic team focuses on learning and practicing important mediation skills. Students will participate in regional and national mediation conferences and tournaments.

COM 4140 Argumentation and Debate

An examination of the logical structure and function of argument in oral and written discourse with special attention given to fallacies and test of evidence. Students will engage in two-person and four-person classroom debates.