History with 3+3 Track to Law (BA)

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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.

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.

The law school requires that students seeking admission through the 3+3 program have completed three years of undergraduate course work, including transfer credit and credit earned in summer.  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 Brandeis School of Law Office of Admissions. The office can also arrange for you to visit the law school and to sit in on a class.

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
History of Civilizations II
The World Since 1900
American History I
American History II
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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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
Select two of the following: 6
History of Civilizations I
History of Civilizations II
The World Since 1900
American History I
American History II
HIST 304Historical Methods 43
HIST 504Research Seminar in the Americas 3
HIST 505Research Seminar in World History 3
Pre-Modern World 5
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
The Americas (US, Caribbean/Latin America) 5
Select three of the following: 9
Historical Geography of the United States
United States Economic History
History of US Foreign Relations I
Comparative Environmental History
History of US Foreign Relations II
United States Constitutional History I
United States Constitutional History II
African American Experience in Wartime
U.S. in the Sixties
African-American History I
African-American History II
Black Culture and U.S. Democracy
The History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1900 to Present
Modern American Social Movements
The History of Women, 1700 to the Present
History of Childhood in America
American and U.S. Military History to 1877
American and U.S. Military History Since 1877
History of the New South
Colonial Latin America
Latin America, 1820 to Present
Women in Latin American History
Modern Jewish History: The 20th Century
The United States and the Middle East
The World 5,6
Select three of the following: 9
Comparative Environmental 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
African History Since 1800
Contemporary Africa
History of India
Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan: Imperialism and Democracy
Free elective3
Minimum Total Hours39
Law School Courses
LAW 802Torts I3
LAW 803Torts II3
LAW 804Contracts I3
LAW 805Contracts II3
LAW 806PROPERTY I3
LAW 807PROPERTY II3
LAW 808Civil Procedure I3
LAW 810Criminal Law3
LAW 811Lawyering Skills I3
LAW 812Lawyering Skills II3
Minimum Total Hours30

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

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Research Seminar in the Americas
Research Seminar in World History
1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above.

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Once a student has declared a History major, the student must enroll in HIST 304 as 3 of the next 12 History credit hours.  A grade of C or better must be earned in HIST 304

5

Courses numbered HIST 310, HIST 498, HIST 499,HIST 501, HIST 502, HIST 503 and HIST 540 may at times also fulfill area requirements; consult History Department. 

6

Includes courses on the Middle East. 

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
HIST 101
History of Civilizations I
or History of Civilizations II
or The World Since 1900
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 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts and Humanities-AH 3
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 104
American History I
or American History II
3
HIST 304 Historical Methods 3
 Hours16
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts and Humanities - AH 3
History The Americas Area Course (300 level or above) 3
History Pre-Modern World Area Course (300 level or above) 3
History The World Area Course (300 level or above) 3
History The Americas or The World Area Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
History The World Area Course (300 level or above) 3
History The Americas Area Course (300 level or above) 3
HIST 504
Research Seminar in the Americas
or Research Seminar in World History
3
Free elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
HIST 505
Research Seminar in World History
or Research Seminar in the Americas
3
History The Americas or The World Area Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours12
Year 4
Fall
LAW 802 Torts I 3
LAW 804 Contracts I 3
LAW 806 PROPERTY I 3
LAW 810 Criminal Law 3
LAW 811 Lawyering Skills I 3
 Hours15
Spring
LAW 803 Torts II 3
LAW 805 Contracts II 3
LAW 807 PROPERTY II 3
LAW 808 Civil Procedure I 3
LAW 812 Lawyering Skills II 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Degree Audit Report
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Flight Planner
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