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English: Pre-Law Track

The English Studies/Pre-Law Track enables students to design a course of study in the history and practice of persuasive communication, interpretation, and the cultural power of literary representation.

A student who completes the Pre-Law Track will be able to identify, evaluate, and apply varied forms of analysis and argumentation; read, write, speak, and think in thoughtful, informed, persuasive fashion; and understand and distinguish the culturally and historically specific relationships among language, cultural power, and interpretation, both in terms of persuasive writing and speech and the literary representations of minorities. The Track should also enable students to do well on law school admissions essays and examinations in law school.

Track courses: 15 credits

  • ENGL 265 Literature and the Law

Two courses in persuasion:

  • ENGL 313 Rhetorical Trends and Traditions
  • either ENGL 321 Persuasive Speaking and Writing or ENGL 310 Public Speaking

One writing course, chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 220 Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 221 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 222 Technical Writing
  • ENGL 325 Writing Poetry
  • ENGL 326 Writing Fiction
  • ENGL 327 Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 360 Editing and Publishing

One course focusing on connections among language, cultural power, and interpretation, chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 308 Literary, Textual, and Cultural Studies Theory
  • ENGL 336 Language, Gender, and Society
  • ENGL 344 Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 348 African American Literature
  • ENGL 350 Gender/Sexual Orientation in Literature, Theory, Film
  • ENGL 385 Advanced Studies in Women’s Literature
  • ENGL 396 Literature of Emerging Nations
  • ENGL 466 Topics in Theory

Controlled Electives in Pre-Law Interdisciplinary

Track: 3–21 credits

Seven courses, including at least one from each of six areas:

Business:

  • ACCT 201
  • ACCT 202
  • BLAW 235 

Criminology:

  • CRIM 210
  • CRIM 215
  • CRIM 255

Economics:

  • ECON 121
  • ECON 122
  • ECON 332

History:

  • HIST 320
  • HIST 321
  • HIST 346

Philosophy:

  • PHIL 101
  • PHIL 110
  • PHIL 222
  • PHIL 450

Political Science:

  • PLSC 358
  • PLSC 359
  • PLSC 361
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