Jul 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Philosophy—Pre-Law Major (B.A.)

Major code BA5244

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department of Philosophy    
Lindley Hall S124
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4588

Al Lent, contact person

Program Overview

The pre-law major in philosophy is for students interested in using philosophy to understand the logic and ethical assumptions behind the law. While providing a basic education in philosophy, the pre-law track allows a focus on the philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and moral theory. Students with this sort of background are especially well suited for law school and the practice of law.

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

With strong skills in critical analysis and writing, graduates of the Philosophy – Pre-Law program are well-equipped to pursue law school. Philosophy – Pre-Law graduates have the same variety of potential employment and graduate school opportunities that general philosophy graduates have, as well. A bachelor of arts in philosophy – pre-law prepares students for a wide range of careers, from politics, to business, to service, and much more. Virtually any job that requires critical thinking skills, an ability to communicate well, and creativity in working out problems will be suitable for a philosophy major. Examples of potential employers include, but are not limited to, the following: institutions of higher education; adult education programs; research institutes; environmental agencies; consulting firms; legal clinics; non-profit organizations; financial institutions; religious organizations and retreat centers; correctional institutions; etc.

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University-wide 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 university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  page.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Philosophy Pre-Law Major Requirements

Complete 33 hours of PHIL coursework, as distributed in the seven components listed below.

Component 1: Fundamentals

Complete both of the following courses:

Component 2: History of Philosophy

Complete one of the following courses:

Component 3: Logic

Complete the following course:

Component 4: Political Theory

Complete the following course:

Component 5: Upper Division Courses

Complete one of the following courses:

Component 6: Electives

Complete an additional 6 hours of PHIL courses at the 4000 level, not including PHIL 4901 and PHIL 4970.

Component 7: Senior Seminar

Complete the following course: