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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 [Archived Catalog]

Sociology—Prelaw Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4254

College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology Department
Bentley Annex 162
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1350
Fax: 740.593.1365

Ursula Castellano, contact person

Program Overview

Students who enter this program often have a goal of attending law school. This program provides a broad liberal arts preparation for this purpose. Students are encouraged to develop communication and analytic skills in a variety of academic disciplines. Course work is designed to encourage learning in several social sciences, writing, and text analysis.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the sociology-prelaw program are well-equipped to pursue law school. Those who choose to pursue a career immediately upon graduation rather than attending law school will find meaningful and rewarding employment as consultants to business and government, social change agents (e.g., community organizers), politicians, and educators. The range of careers available to students with an emphasis on pre-law also includes those available to sociology and sociology-criminology majors.

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Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Sociology Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 30 semester credit hours of SOC coursework, including all the requirements below.

Sociology Core Courses

Earn a C or better in the following three courses:

Sociology Statistics Courses

Complete one of the following courses:

Sociology Concentration

Complete three courses at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Criminal Justice System Requirement

Complete one course.

Pre-Law Electives

Complete two courses from the following list. The SOC courses will satisfy major requirements in the sociology major and the POLS courses will satisfy social science distribution requirements in Arts and Sciences.

Sociology Capstone

Complete the following course:

Preparation for Law

The Sociology Pre-Law Major is a flexible course of study to help students prepare for a successful law school application. Working with the Pre-Law faculty advisor, students develop a curriculum plan emphasizing the development of analytic skills, writing skills, and oral expression. Pre law coursework in the sociology department offers a rigorous examination of the legal processes and institutions that function to bring justice to individuals, families, and communities. To complement the sociological component of pre-law, students may also take courses in literature, philosophy, political science, and economics. Students who qualify may also apply for the Law, Justice & Culture Certificate Program  program.

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