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B.A. Degree in History/Pre-Law


The B.A. in History/Pre-Law combines work in history, political science, economics, and literature to prepare the student for a variety of career opportunities and graduate studies. This degree is designed as preparation for careers in public administration, civil service, or foreign service, typically after taking an appropriate graduate degree. It also provides a good background for graduate work in the areas studied and is an excellent preparation for law school.

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Pre-Law will:

  1. Be familiar with law school pedagogy and course work.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of history and knowledge of basic research techniques, the use of documents, and the handling of evidence, as part of a Christian worldview.
  3. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through effective communication of independent research.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of American and European history.
  5. Be able to apply Christian ethics to life situations, as a leader in the home, community, and church.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours. 

63 hours, no minor required, plus 6 hours of same foreign language

1. 6 hours Western Civilization 

  • HIST-2923 - Perspectives in Western Civilization
  • any European history course 

2. 6 hours American history 

  • HIST-2213 - History of the U.S. to 1877
  • HIST-2223 - History of the U.S. Since 1877

3. 9 hours research courses;

Each must be passed with a grade of C or better. 

  • HIST-2123 - Introduction to Historical Research
  • HIST-2813 - Data Analysis
  • HIST-4733 - Senior History Seminar

4. 15 hours 3000/4000 level courses.

  • It is recommended that these include both American and European history courses. 

5. 3 hours history electives/2000 level or higher 

6. 6 hours business chosen from 

  • ACCT-2113 - Accounting Principles I
  • BUSA-4213 - Business Law
  • ECON-2113 - Macroeconomic Principles
  • ECON-2213 - Microeconomic Principles

7. 18 hours - Option A or Option B. 

Option A 

1. 9 hours political science 

  • POLS-2113 - Introduction to American Politics
  • POLS-3313 - Legal and Legislative Analysis
  • POLS-4113 - Constitutional Law

2. 3 hours political science chosen from 

  • POLS-3413 - The Presidency and Congress
  • POLS-3613 - Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • POLS-3713 - State and Local Politics

3. 6 hours political science electives 2000 level or higher 

Option B 

1. 9 hours political science 

  • POLS-2113 - Introduction to American Politics
  • POLS-3313 - Legal and Legislative Analysis
  • POLS-4113 - Constitutional Law

2. 9 hours literature in courses above ENGL-2213

8. 6 hours of the same foreign language required

Related Careers

  • Campaigns
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Legislative Bodies
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Museums
  • Research Institutes
  • Teaching (primary school, middle school, high school and university level)

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