History Pre-Law

Major in history pre-law

45 credit hours

  • Comm/Engl 204, Expository Writing 3
  • Hist 211, Revolution or Hist 214, Culture Wars3
  • Hist 212, Thinking About the Dead 3
  • Posc 200, Introduction to Political Science or Posc 210, Public Policy3
  • Five upper-level History, at least 2 non-U.S.:15
    • US History:
    • Hist 323, Colonial & Revolutionary America (3)
    • Hist 326, Recent American History (3)
    • Hist 327, US Immigration and Ethnic History (3)
    • Non-US History:
    • Hist 314, Modern China (3)
    • Hist 315, War and Peace in 20th-Century Europe (3)
    • Hist 318, Global Anabaptism (3)
    • Hist 344, Latin American History (3)
    • Hist 330, Gender in World History (3)
  • Posc 305, U.S. Constitutional Law3
  • CJRJ 307, Criminal Law3
  • One of the following related courses:3
    • Bus 310, Business Law (3)
    • PJCS 325, Mediation (3)
    • PJCS 347, Restorative Justice (3)
  • Hist 409, Internship**2
  • Hist 410, History Seminar: Historical Thinking 3
  • Hist 411, History Seminar: Thesis 3

Planning and advising notes

** Must be in the legal field or adjacent; 1 credit hour of Law School application prep and professional communication training at the National Immigration Justice Center. Senior thesis in HIST411 should also be tailored around the legal field and related topics.  Students wanting a minor should refer to the Pre-law studies minor page.

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in history pre-law will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic historical context and patterns, legal principles, and political theories.
  2. Efficiently read and interpret historical, cultural, political, and legal evidence in the form of primary and secondary sources.
  3. Skillfully construct and communicate arguments in both written and oral form.
  4. Analyze, support, and refute arguments from a variety of perspectives.
  5. Interpret the moral responsibilities of these tasks for their professional future in a way that cultivates empathy, civic community, and transformative justice.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Thinking about the Dead
Revolution or Culture Wars
Second year Goshen Core
Introduction to Political Science or Public Policy
Expository Writing
SST (fall or spring)
Third year Goshen Core
U.S. Constitutional Law
Business Law or Restorative Justice or Mediation
Upper level history courses
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Criminal Law
Upper level history courses
HIST410 Seminar
HIST411 Seminar