Feb 23, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

English—Pre-Law Major (B.A.)


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Major code BA5234

College of Arts and Sciences  
English Department  
Ellis 201
Athens, OH 45701
Fax: 740.593.2832
english.department@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/cas/english/

Dr. Carey Snyder, contact person
snyderc3@ohio.edu

Program Overview

Although any major in English literature or rhetoric is an excellent preparation for law school, the English – Pre-Law major brings together the most relevant skills and contexts for a legal career. The analytic demands and extensive writing practice of the English Department’s small-enrollment courses will sharpen essential intellectual tools. The major is also flexible enough to match your other interests: you can fulfill up to 9 of the required hours in the major with creative writing workshops, courses in rhetoric or visual texts, or apprenticeship or internship experiences. Like all majors in the English Department, the English – Pre-Law major includes the English Core to provide a solid foundation in literary genres and research. 

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Enrollment in an English major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

For students currently enrolled at Ohio University, transferring into an English major requires a 2.0 GPA. Students choosing to transfer into the English – Pre-Law  major should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English department for assistance. Students who wish to add an English major in addition to another major program should seek assistance from the director of undergraduate studies; students with a second major outside the College of Arts and Sciences will be responsible for meeting the degree requirements of both the English – Pre-Law major and the College of Arts and Sciences.

External Transfer Admission

For students currently enrolled at institutions other than Ohio University, transferring into the English – Pre-Law major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English Department for assistance.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of English – Pre-Law usually go to law school, both in-state and around the nation. Your opportunities are not, however, limited to that. With strong skills in critical analysis as well as writing and solid training in literary history, English – Pre-Law graduates also have the same variety of potential employment or graduate school tracks that other English program graduates enjoy.

Preparation for Law: If you plan to enter law school, you should choose an undergraduate major that reflects your true academic interests as well as providing intellectual foundations for legal training. The practice of law draws on a number of different disciplinary strengths, which means that you should view the whole of your liberal arts coursework as part of your preparation. English is, however, one of the most common undergraduate majors for law students, both because many people who are drawn to law are drawn to the analogous kinds of thinking and writing required in English and because it develops skills that every lawyer needs. Students interested in pursuing law as a career would be well advised to supplement their English coursework with classes that reinforce the cognitive skills for the LSAT and for legal work, such as logic and ethics. Classes in American history, political science, economics, and sociology provide background for understanding the American legal system, while classes and practice in speech and oral communication will help prepare you for the practice of law.

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Requirements

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement


View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

English Hours Requirement


For a B.A. degree with a major in English – Pre-Law , a student must complete a total of 42 semester credit hours in ENG coursework.

English Core Requirements


Complete the following requirements with a GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher.

Intercultural Foundations


Complete the following course:

Literary Reading


Complete one of the following courses:

British or American Literature I


Complete one of the following courses:

British or American Literature II


Complete one of the following courses:

Writing and Research


Complete the following course:

Senior Seminar


Complete one of the following courses:

Concentration Requirements


Complete the following requirements with a GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher:

Literary Theory


Complete the following course:

Pre-Law


Complete the following course:

Electives


Complete at least nine credit hours of additional ENG courses at the 2000-level or higher, excluding ENG 2800 , ENG 3***J, ENG 4510 , ENG 4520 , ENG 4911 , ENG 4912 . Three of these credit hours must be taken at the 3000-level or higher.

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