History with 3+3 Track to Law (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in History with a 3+3 Track to Law (HISTBA 3+3)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: History

Program Information

The College of Arts & Sciences and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law have joined forces to create 3+3 Accelerated Law programs that allow eligible students in the College of Arts & Sciences to begin law school in their senior year of undergraduate study. Students substitute undergraduate major requirements with the first 30 hours of law school, earning an undergraduate degree after their first year of law school and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree two years later.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 169
Minimum Total Hours122

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in History requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major. A 3.5 GPA is recommended by the School of Law (see below).

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

Admission to Law School

Admission to the 3+3 track does not guarantee admission to the law school. Students seeking admission to law school must complete a law school application and satisfy all of Brandeis’ admissions requirements, including its median GPA and LSAT expectations.

It is recommended that students planning to pursue this track have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

For more information on Brandeis and its admissions requirements, please contact the law school’s Office of Admissions. The office can also arrange for you to visit the law school and to sit in on a class.

Brandeis School of Law Office of Admissions

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH (additional required courses also satisfy the SBH & D2 requirements)
American History I - D1, SBH (additional required courses also satisfy the SBH & D1 requirements)
Courses above satisfy the SBH, D1 and D2 requirements; students will need to complete an additional course designated SB or SBH to complete the Social & Behavioral Sciences Requirement.

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of History 4
HIST 101
HIST 102
History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH
History of Civilizations II - D2, SBH
6
HIST 211
HIST 212
American History I - D1, SBH
American History II - D1, SBH
6
Pre-Modern World
Select one of the following: 3
Early Political Thought
Ancient Mediterranean World
The Ancient Near East
Ancient Greece
The Roman World
Culture of the Ancient Near East
Greek and Roman Culture
Origins of Christianity
Medieval Europe I
Medieval Europe II
Islamic Middle East
African History Before 1800 - D2, SBH
Modern Japan: Imperialism and Democracy
Studies in Graeco-Roman History
Studies in Medieval History
English Medieval History, 1066 to 1500
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India
Asia, Africa, Latin American Area (AALA) 5
Select two of the following: 6
Comparative Environmental History
Colonial Latin America
Latin America, 1820 to Present
Women in Latin American History
The Ancient Near East
Culture of the Ancient Near East
Origins of Christianity
Islamic Middle East
Middle Eastern History, 1453 to the Present
The United States and the Middle East
British Imperialism
War in the Modern Middle East
The Ottoman Empire to 1800
The Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey from 1800
African History Before 1800 - D2, SBH
African History Since 1800 - D2, SBH
Contemporary Africa
History of India
Traditional China
Modern China
Twentieth-Century Latin America
The U.S. and Latin America
The History of Mexico: Pre-Columbian to the Present
The Middle Eastern Wars
Women and Sexuality in the Middle East
Women in East Asian History
Studies in African History
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India
Civilizations of Modern India
American Image of the Middle East
Studies in Middle Eastern History
Nationalism and Modernity in East Asia
HIST 304Historical Methods 63
History electives at the 300 level or above6
History electives at the 500 level 76
Law School Courses
LAW 802Torts I3
LAW 803Torts II3
LAW 804Contracts I3
LAW 805Contracts II3
LAW 810Criminal Law3
LAW 811Lawyering Skills I3
LAW 812Lawyering Skills II3
LAW 814Property4
LAW 815Civil Procedure4
LAW 819Constitutional Law I4
Minimum Total Hours69

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Six hours of required 500-level history courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

One elective should be an approved CUE course (see list below). 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Cooperative Internship in History
Philosophy of History
American Environmental History
History of the Old South
History of the Jews in America
Antebellum United States, 1800-1860
Colonial America to 1765
The American Revolution and the Confederation
United States Civil War and Reconstruction
Recent American History, 1929-1945
Recent American History, 1945 to Present
Twentieth-Century Latin America
The U.S. and Latin America
The History of Mexico: Pre-Columbian to the Present
Advanced Studies in History
Studies in Graeco-Roman History
Studies in Ancient History
Studies in Medieval History
U.S. and the Cold War Policy
U.S. and Vietnam
The Middle Eastern Wars
Women and Sexuality in the Middle East
The Renaissance
The French Revolution and Napoleon
History of European Ideas: Selected Topics
Contemporary Europe 1945-Present
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
Studies in African History
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India
Civilizations of Modern India
American Image of the Middle East
History of the Future
Oral History

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
HIST 101 History of Civilizations I - D2, SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social/Behavioral - SB 3
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours17
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
HIST 102 History of Civilizations II - D2, SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours17
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts and Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 3 4
HIST 211 American History I - D1, SBH 3
HIST 304 Historical Methods 3
 Hours16
Spring
HIST 212 American History II - D1, SBH 3
History Elective (300 level or above) 3
History Pre-Modern World Area Course (300 level or above) 3
History AALA Area Course (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts and Humanities - AH 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
History AALA Course (300 level or above) 3
History Elective (500 level) 3
History Elective (500 level) 3
 Hours12
Spring
History WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
History CUE Requirement (500 level) 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours12
Year 4
Fall
LAW 811 Lawyering Skills I 3
LAW 804 Contracts I 3
LAW 802 Torts I 3
LAW 815 Civil Procedure 4
LAW 810 Criminal Law 3
 Hours16
Spring
LAW 812 Lawyering Skills II 3
LAW 805 Contracts II 3
LAW 803 Torts II 3
LAW 814 Property 4
LAW 819 Constitutional Law I 4
 Hours17
 Minimum Total Hours122

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