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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Philosophy—Prelaw Major (B.A.)

Major code BA5244

College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy Department  
Lindley Hall S124
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4588
Fax: 740.593.4597
philosophy.department@ohio.edu
https://www.ohio.edu/cas/philosophy

Al Lent, contact person
lent@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The prelaw major in philosophy is for students whose major interest in philosophy is using it to help understand the logic and ethical assumptions behind the law. While providing a basic education in philosophy, the prelaw track allows a focus on the philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and moral theory. Students with this sort of background are especially well suited for law school and the practice of law.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

With strong skills in critical analysis and writing, graduates of the Philosophy – Prelaw program are well-equipped to pursue law school. Philosophy – Prelaw graduates have the same variety of potential employment and graduate school opportunities that general philosophy graduates have, as well. A bachelor of arts in philosophy – prelaw prepares students for a wide range of careers, from politics, to business, to service, and much more. Virtually any job that requires critical thinking skills, an ability to communicate well and work out problems will be suitable for a philosophy major. Examples of potential employers include, but are not limited to, the following: institutions of higher education; adult education programs; research institutes; environmental agencies; consulting firms; legal clinics; non-profit organizations; financial institutions; religious organizations and retreat centers; correctional institutions; etc.

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