2022-2023 Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Law Major

Advisors — Dr. Esler and Dr. Louthan, Politics and Government; Dr. Terzian, History

Law schools do not require one specific major for admission. They do seek evidence of a rich, liberal arts education, expecting students to have developed their skills in three major areas: comprehension and expression in words; critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals; and creative power in thinking. Among the options available to Ohio Wesleyan’s pre-law students are traditional majors such as history, English, economics, and politics and government, as well as supplementary course work to help them prepare for the Law School Admission Test.

Ohio Wesleyan students also may select an interdepartmental pre-law major. Students who major in pre-law must complete a second major in a traditional course of study. For the pre-law major, a core of appropriate courses is outlined in English, philosophy, history, economics, and politics and government. Six other courses complete the major: these are chosen with an eye toward breadth and depth of preparation and after careful consultation with the student’s advisor. The list of courses from which to choose electives includes those courses most helpful in the past to students going on to study law.

Core Courses

Any Economics course; any American, British, French, German, or Spanish Literature course; PHIL 341  or PHIL 112 ; two from PG 350 , PG 351 , PG 352 , or PG 490  Moot Court; and any upper-level (250 or above) American or British History course.


Six courses from ACCT, BWS, CMLT, ECON, ENG (excluding ENG 105 ), GEOG, HIST, JOUR, PHIL, PG, PSYC, REL, WGS. No more than two may be taken in one department.


A general description of Ohio Wesleyan’s pre-professional programs appears in the earlier chapter of this Catalog, Degrees and Special Programs.