ENGLISH/HISTORY (PRE-LAW)

Andrew Canady
Catherine O. Clark
Gretchen Cohenour
Antoinette M. Gazda
Jack I. Hayes, Chair
David E. Hoffman
Simona Kragh
Jane Wiseman
Jennifer Hughes

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English/History (Pre-Law) is NOT required for admission to law school.  Successful law students come to law school with undergraduate majors as diverse as sociology and business, nursing and engineering, music theory and computer science.  Nevertheless, students in law school need a foundation of skills, values, and bodies of knowledge, which Averett’s English/History (Pre-Law) major seeks to provide.  The necessary skills include analytic and problem-solving abilities, critical reading skills, the ability to write, speak, and listen effectively, and skills in research and the management and organization of large amounts of information.  The necessary values include a dedication to serving others honestly and competently and to advancing fairness and justice.  The bodies of knowledge that students need include a broad understanding of the following:  history, especially American history; the American system of government; economics; human behavior and social interaction; financial transactions; diverse cultures; and ethics.

Students pursuing this major will enter Averett with a declared major of English/History.  When they attain a 2.75 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in English and history courses, they become English/History: Pre-Law majors.  If students do not attain and maintain these GPAs, they graduate with an English/History major, provided they have a 2.0 overall GPA, a 2.5 GPA in English courses and a 2.0 GPA in history courses at the time of graduation.

The English/History (Pre-Law) major is administered through the History Department.

Requirements for a Major in English/History (Pre-Law):

In addition to the general education requirements, the following courses are required:

  Semester Hours
ENG 111, Introduction to Writing and Research 3
ENG 112, Introduction to Literature 3
ENG 201, Major British Authors, through 18th Century 3
ENG 202, Major British Authors, 19th and 20th Centuries 3
ENG 205, Survey of American Literature to 1860 or  
ENG 206, Survey of American Literature 1860 to 1970 3
English elective in literature at 300 level 3
English elective in literature at 400 level 3
HIS 101, 102, History of Western Civilization I, II 6
HIS 112, Honors Seminar: History of Western Civilization II 1
HIS 201, 202, United States History I, II 6
HIS 322, English History, 1485 to Present 3
History electives at 300-400 level 6
PHL 150, Introduction to Philosophy or PHL 210, Ethics 3
POS 215, American National Government 3
POS 204, State and Local Government 3
Electives (To be selected from the following)  
BSA 221, Principles of Accounting I  
BSA 222, Principles of Accounting II  
BSA 434, Business Law  
POS 411, Constitutional Law  
PSY 110, Psychology as a Social Science  
PSY 305, Abnormal Psychology  
SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology  
Upper level Sociology course 9
Total 61

Sample Four-Year Course Sequence for English/History (Pre-Law)

Freshman Year: Junior Year:
ENG 111, Introduction to Writing and Research Recommended Elective
ENG 112, Introduction to Literature ENG 205, Survey of American Literature to 1860 or
HIS 101, 102, Western Civilization I, II ENG 206, Survey of American Literature 1860-1970
HIS 112, Honors Seminar: Western Civilization II ENG 300-level Literature Elective
PHL 150 or 210, Introduction to Philosophy or Ethics HIS 322, English History, 1485 to Present
  HIS 300-level Elective
   
Sophomore Year: Senior Year:
ENG 201, Major British Authors, through 18th Century 2 Recommended Electives
ENG 202, Major British Authors, 19th and 20th Centuries ENG 400-level Literature
HIS 201, 202, United States History I, II HIS 300- or 400-level Elective
POS 215, American National Government  
POS 204, State and Local Government