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History, Pre-Law Track (B.A.)

B.A., History,
Pre-Law Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

A high-quality history paper is one that’s clearly written with a persuasive argument and judicious use of evidence. It’s not surprising that those heading to law school find that a degree in History makes a good foundation. As a History major pursuing the Pre-Law track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll find that studying the past is an outstanding way to prepare for your future. 

Through your history classes, you can choose to study a broad range of topics such as colonial America, medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, ancient Greece, Native Americans, early China, the Civil War, Russia, and the Middle East. All History majors are encouraged to do an independent study or an honors thesis.

You’ll also take seven courses covering business, criminology, economics, history, philosophy, and political science for the Pre-Law track. This major offers you the academic preparation demanded by law schools and helps you to develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need for the law school admissions examination.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Arts degree in History achieved through pursuit of the Pre-Law track will prepare you for admission to law school or for careers that require knowledge of history. Museums, national parks, official historic sites, and tourism bureaus all hire those with history expertise. Scholarly publishers, libraries, archives, state and local historical societies, and government offices also employ history majors.

Although the job market for lawyers is highly competitive, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that salaried jobs can be found in government, corporations, utility companies, real estate agencies, banks, or nonprofit organizations. The report also notes that slightly more than one quarter of lawyers in a recent labor study were self-employed in law firms.

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Special Features

  • An honors program is available.
  • The History Club is open to anyone who has an interest in history. The club organizes fund-raisers, trips to local historical sites, movie nights, and guest speakers.
  • IUP has a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (a history honor society).
  • Students can participate in an archaeology project overseas in Cyprus.