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Pre-Law at Calvin: Recommended Courses

Recommended courses for pre-law students

The following are some specific courses recommendations for students at Calvin. These are not requirements, since the Pre-law Program has no specific course requirements and no student would be able to take every Calvin College course that helps to prepare for a legal career.

 

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Courses which help to develop core skills and values

  • Analytic and problem-solving skills
    • The Philosophy of Logic (PHIL 171) -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -- OFFERED SPRING 2014
  • Critical reading skills
    • Any upper division course in the Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Writing and researching skills
    • Written Rhetoric (ENGL 101)
    • Academic and Professional Writing (ENGL 201)
    • Business Writing (ENGL 265)
    • The Craft of Writing (ENGL 275)
    • Any upper division course in the Social Sciences
  • Oral communication and listening skills
    • Argumentation and Advocacy (CAS 211) -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Courses which help to develop basic areas of knowledge

  • Politics and Political Theory
    • Ideas and Institutions in American Politics (POLS 101)
    • Persons in Political Community (POLS 110)
    • Governments and Globalization (POLS 214)
    • The President and Congress (POLS 234)
    • Freedom, Justice, and Political Authority (POLS 240)
    • Institutions, Civil Society, and Revolution (POLS 301)
    • Political Liberalism and Its Critics (POLS 306)
  • Ethics and Justice
    • Ethics (PHIL 205)
    • Philosophy of Law (PHIL 202) -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -- OFFERED FALL 2013
    • Ethical Theory (PHIL 365)
  • Economics
    • Principles of Economics (ECON 151)
    • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 221)
    • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 222)
  • History
    • World History II (HIST 152)
    • U.S.A. (HIST 229)
    • The American Republic 1763-1877 (HIST 252)
    • American Intellectual History (HIST 355)
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics in the Contemporary World (MATH 100)
    • Precalculus Mathematics (MATH 110)
    • Introduction to Managerial Accounting (BUS 203)
    • Financial Accounting (BUS 204)
  • Human Behavior
    • Introductory Psychology (PSYC 151)
    • Sociological Principles and Perspectives (SOC 151)
    • Deviance (SOC 306)
    • Diversity and Inequality in the United States (SOC 250)
    • Intercultural Communication (SOC 253)
    • Urban Sociology (SOC 302)
    • Contemporary Social Problems (SOC 314)

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Law-related courses

  • American Constitutional Foundations (POLS 310) -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • International Organizations and Law (POLS 309)
  • Law in Business (BUS 350)
  • Criminal Justice Process (SOC 210)
  • Special Problems and Current Issues in Criminal Justice (SOC 319)

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