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College of Arts & Sciences

Philosophy Pre-Law Major (B.A.)

  • Understanding the logic and ethical assumptions behind the law
  • Focus on the philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and moral theory
  • Preparation for graduate school with strong critical analysis and writing skills

Admissions Information
Degree Requirements
Major code BA5244
Sample Curriculum (hyperlink )
Faculty Contact: Dr. Alfred Lent

Program Overview

The pre-law major in philosophy is for students whose major interest in philosophy is using it to help understand the logic and ethical assumptions behind the law. While providing a basic education in philosophy, the prelaw 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.

Careers and Graduate School

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 work 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.
A degree in philosophy also prepares Ohio University students for further graduate-level work in philosophy, law, theology, and various other related disciplines.
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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond university admission requirements.
Change to Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.
External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond university admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Philosophy Pre-Law Major Requirements

Complete 33 hours of PHIL courses, including the two courses and five components listed below:

Component 1: Fundamentals

Complete both of the following courses:

  • PHIL 1010 - Fundamentals of Philosophy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 1300 - Introduction to Ethics Credit Hours: 3.0
Component 2: History of Philosophy

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 3100 - History of Western Philosophy: Ancient Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 3120 - History of Western Philosophy: Modern Credit Hours: 3.0
Component 3: Logic

Complete the following course:

  • PHIL 3200 - Symbolic Logic I Credit Hours: 3.0
Component 4: Political Theory

Complete the following course:

  • PHIL 2400 - Social and Political Philosophy Credit Hours: 3.0
Component 5: Upper Division Courses

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 4400 - Contemporary Social Philosophy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 4420 - Philosophy of Law Credit Hours: 3.0
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:

  • PHIL 4901 - Senior Seminar Credit Hours: 3.0

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