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English–Pre-Law B.A.

Phoenix-Crane

Phoenix Crane '17 in a law office that offers internships. She is a Psychology major, pursuing an English minor and a certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

  • Preparation for law school
  • Preparation for M.A. or Ph.D. programs in English Literature & Language
  • Preparation for careers in corporate communications, grant-writing and non-profits, advertising, publishing, personnel management and more

Faculty contact: Dr. Ghirmai Negash

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

Although any major in English literature or rhetoric is an excellent preparation for law school, the English – Pre-Law major brings together the most relevant skills and contexts for a legal career.

A rigorous survey of Anglo-American literary history gives students familiarity with the historical culture and linguistic environment in which our laws were formed; the study of rhetoric offers students ways to understand how language changes our perceptions and makes things happen; and the analytic demands and extensive writing practice of the English Department’s small-enrollment courses sharpen essential intellectual tools.

The major is also flexible enough to match students’ other interests.  Students can fulfill up to 9 of the required hours in the major with creative writing workshops, courses in rhetoric or visual texts, or apprenticeship or internship experiences. Like all majors in the English Department, the English – Prelaw major includes the English Core to provide a solid foundation in literary genres and research.

Careers and Graduate School

Graduates of English – Pre-Law usually go to law school, both in-state and around the nation. Opportunities are not, however, limited to law school. With strong skills in critical analysis as well as writing and solid training in literary history, English – Pre-Law graduates also have the same variety of potential employment or graduate school tracks that other English program graduates enjoy. These include graduate school in English Literature & Language, master’s programs in Information Science or Education, and law or business school, as well as careers in publishing, web content development, corporate communications, grant-writing and community organizing, advertising, or personnel management.

Preparation for Law: Students who plan to enter law school should choose an undergraduate major that reflects their true academic interests as well as provides intellectual foundations for legal training. The practice of law draws on a number of different disciplinary strengths, which means that students should view the whole of their liberal arts coursework as part of their preparation.

English is, however, one of the most common undergraduate majors for law students, both because many people who are drawn to law are drawn to the analogous kinds of thinking and writing required in English, and because it develops skills that every lawyer needs.

Students interested in pursuing law as a career would be well advised to supplement their English coursework with classes that reinforce the cognitive skills for the LSAT and for legal work, such as logic and ethics. Classes in American history, political science, economics, and sociology provide background for understanding the American legal system, while classes and practice in speech and oral communication will help prepare students for the practice of law.

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Admission Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: For students currently enrolled at Ohio University, transferring into an English major requires a 2.0 GPA. Students choosing to transfer into the English – Pre-Law major should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department for assistance. Students who wish to add an English major in addition to another major program should seek assistance from the Director of Undergraduate Studies; students with a second major outside the College of Arts & Sciences will be responsible for meeting the degree requirements of both the English – Pre-Law major and the College of Arts & Sciences.

External Transfer Admission: For students currently enrolled at institutions other than Ohio University, transferring into an English major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English Department for assistance.

Degree Requirements

  • Major code BA5234

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

English Hours Requirement

For a B.A. degree with a major in English - Creative Writing, a student must complete a total of 42 semester credit hours in ENG coursework.

English Department Core Requirements

Genre Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • ENG 2010 - Introduction to Prose Fiction and Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 2020 - Introduction to Poetry and Drama Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature before 1800 Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3010 - Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3020 - Topics in Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3110 - English Literature to 1500 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3120 - English Literature: 1500-1660 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3130 - English Literature: 1660-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3210 - American Literature to 1865 Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature after 1800 Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3140 - English Literature: 1800-1900 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3150 - English Literature: 1900 to Present Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3220 - American Literature: 1865-1918 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3230 - American Literature: 1918 to Present Credit Hours: 3.0
Writing and Research in English Studies Course

Complete the following course:

  • ENG 3070J - Writing and Research in English Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
Senior Seminar Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 4600 - Topics in English Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4640 - English Authors Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4650 - American Authors Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4660 - International Authors Credit Hours: 3.0

Major Requirements

Courses used to fulfill English Core requirements may not be used for Major Requirements.

Law and English Studies Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3290 - Rhetoric and Law Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3570 - Law and Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature before 1800 Course

Complete one of the following courses. Only one course from ENG 3010 and 3020 may be used to fulfill a pre-1800 requirement.

  • ENG 3010 - Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3020 - Topics in Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3110 - English Literature to 1500 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3120 - English Literature: 1500-1660 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3130 - English Literature: 1660-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3210 - American Literature to 1865 Credit Hours: 3.0
Theory and Rhetoric Course

Complete one of the following:

  • ENG 3270 - Queer Rhetorics and Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3280 - Women's Rhetorics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3290 - Rhetoric and Law Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3300 - Ecological Discourses in English Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3400 - Introduction to Analysis of Moving Image Texts Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3820 - Rhetorical Approaches to Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3830 - Politics and Literacy: Issues of Race, Class and Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3850 - Writing About Culture and Society Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3860 - Composing in New Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4470 - Studies in Criticism Credit Hours: 3.0
Multi-Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Literature Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3240 - Jewish American Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3250 - Women and Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3260 - Lesbian and Gay Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3310 - Studies in Asian Literatures I: Beginnings to 1850 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3320 - Studies in Asian Literature II Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3340 - Israeli Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3370 - African American Literature to 1930 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3390 - African American Literature from 1930 to the Present Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3550 - Studies in World Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4500 - Postcolonial and Transnational Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4660 - International Authors Credit Hours: 3.0

Major Electives

Complete at least nine hours of ENG courses, excluding ENG 3***J, ENG 4510, and ENG 4520. Three hours may be at the 2000-level or higher; six hours must be at the 3000-level or higher

 

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