Undergraduate Catalog
Colleges

Department of History and Political Science

Dr. Peter Dykema, Interim Head
Witherspoon Hall, Room 255
(479) 968-0265
pdykema@atu.edu

Professors:
Busch, DeBlack, Dykema, Jenkins, Mitchell, Moses, Tarver, Woods
Associate Professors:
Gleason, Link, Rogers
Assistant Professors:
Hagge, Housenick, McArthur, Neel, Pearson, Swain

A baccalaureate degree in history or political science offers excellent preparation for careers in government and education, further study in graduate school or law school, and careers in the private sector of the economy. The baccalaureate degree in public history prepares students for careers in historic preservation as well as museum and archive management. Students interested in becoming teachers may also elect to work toward social studies secondary teaching licensure. In addition, the department offers minors in geography, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies, strategic studies and pre-law.

Students must complete 120 hours for graduation with a degree in history, political science or public history.

For the curriculum in Social Studies for teacher licensure, see Curriculum in Secondary Education.

History

In the General Education requirements, history majors are required to take the two-course sequence in World Civilization (HIST 1503, HIST 1513), and the two-course sequence in American history (HIST 2003, HIST 2013). Additional courses required for the history degree include the introductory courses in political science and economics (POLS 2003, ECON 2003), Regional Geography of the World (GEOG 2013), the introduction to anthropology or sociology (ANTH 2003 or SOC 1003), Historical Methods (HIST 2513), Arkansas History (HIST 4153), and Senior Seminar (HIST 4963). Fifteen additional semester hours must be 3000-4000 level history courses with at least six hours in U.S. History and six hours in World/European History. History majors are also required to take six hours of beginning language courses or obtain the appropriate waiver for high school language study.

Curriculum in History

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Beginning Language I5 3 Beginning Language II5 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 ANTH 2003 or SOC 1003 3 HIST 2013T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 ECON 2003 3 HIST 2513 3
TECH 1001 1 POLS 2003 3 GEOG 2013 3 ElectiveT 6
HIST 1503T 3 HIST 1513T 3 HIST 2003T 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 HIST 4153 3
HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 Elective2 12 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3 HIST 4963 3
HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3   Elective2 9 Elective2 9
Elective2 6
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Beginning Language I5 3 Beginning Language II5 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 ANTH 2003 or SOC 1003 3 HIST 2013T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 ECON 2003 3 HIST 2513 3
TECH 1001 1 POLS 2003 3 GEOG 2013 3 ElectiveT 6
HIST 1503T 3 HIST 1513T 3 HIST 2003T 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 HIST 4153 3
HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 Elective2 12 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3 HIST 4963 3
HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3   Elective2 9 Elective2 9
Elective2 6
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
3HIST class must be in the sub-field of United States History.
4HIST class must be in the sub-field of European or World History.
5Students may waive three hours of language requirement for every one year of language study in high school with grades of "C" or better.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

International Studies

The International Studies program is interdisciplinary. The Degree Program in International Studies requires thirty-seven hours of General Education coursework, thirty-four hours of courses that comprise the Common Core, thirty-three hours in the area of concentration, and sufficient electives to complete one hundred and twenty hours with a minimum of forty hours of upper division courses. Students will select either Political Affairs or Cultural Affairs as the area of concentration. Students must follow the established course sequence and prerequisite requirements already defined in the catalog.

International Studies majors must select a foreign language as part of the Common Core. For the Cultural Affairs concentration, students must complete twenty one hours in the language. For the Political Affairs concentration, students must complete twelve hours in the language. Students with previous foreign language experience may petition the Department of English and World Languages for advanced placement and credit. Petitioners will be given written and/or oral examinations by a foreign language faculty member who will then recommend an appropriate foreign language placement level based on university policy. The department head and dean must approve the determined placement level. Students who have omitted one or more courses in the basic language sequence will receive credit for omitted courses when they have validated their advanced placement by passing the course into which they are placed with a grade of "C" or better.

Curriculum in Cultural Affairs Concentration

Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,5,T 3 ENGL 10231,5,T 3 PHIL 2013T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 POLS 2403 or POLS 2413T 3 GEOG 2013 3
Mathematics1,5,T 3 HIST 1513T 3 FR 2013, GER 2013, JPN 2013 or SPAN 20132,3,T 3 POLS 2003T 3
TECH 1001 1 FR 1023, GER 1023, JPN 1023, or SPAN 10232,3,T 3 Electives4 6 POLS 2403 or POLS 2413T 3
FR 1013, GER 1013, JPN 1013 or SPAN 10132,3,T 3 Electives4 3 FR 2023, GER 2023, JPN 2023 or SPAN 20232,3,T 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
HIST 3703 or HIST 3803 3 GEOG 3303 or GEOG 3413 or GEOG 3703 3 PHIL 3063/POLS 3063 3 ANTH 2003T 3
POLS 3433 3 HIST 4503 3 SOC 4073 3 ENGL 2003T 3
FR 3003, GER 3003, JPN 3003 or SPAN 30033 3 FR 3013, GER 3013, JPN 3013 or SPAN 3013 3 FR 3113, GER 3113, SPAN 3123 or SPAN 3133 3 ENGL 4283 or MUS 4853 3
Electives4 6 Electives4 6 Electives4 6 HIST 3603 or HIST 3323 3
Electives4 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Students with previous study in a foreign language should refer to Foreign Language Advanced Placement and Credit under Credit by Examination.
3Lab attendance is required for the beginning and intermediate foreign language courses.
4At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level.
5Students must complete course with a grade of C or better.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Curriculum in Political Affairs Concentration

Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,5,T 3 ENGL 10231,5,T 3 EAM 1013 3 POLS 2003T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 GEOG 2013T 3 POLS 2403 or POLS 2413T 3
Mathematics1,5,T 3 EAM 1003 3 HIST 1513T 3 FR 2023, GER 2023, JPN 2023 or SPAN 20232,3,T 3
TECH 1001 1 FR 1023, GER 1023, JPN 1023 or SPAN 10232,3,T 3 POLS 2403 or POLS 2413T 3 Electives4 6
FR 1013, GER 1013, JPN 1013 or SPAN 10132,3,T 3 Electives4 3 FR 2013, GER 2013, JPN 2013 or SPAN 20132,3,T 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 6 EAM 3243 3 HIST 4083 3 ANTH 2003T 3
HIST 3083 3 HIST 3513 3 PHIL 3063/POLS 3063 3 HIST 3323 3
HIST 3703 or HIST 3803 3 HIST 4483 3 Electives4 9 HIST 3603 3
POLS 3433 3 POLS 3013 or POLS 3473 3   Electives4 6
Electives4 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Students with previous study in a foreign language should refer to Foreign Language Advanced Placement and Credit under Credit by Examination.
3Lab attendance is required for the beginning and intermediate foreign language courses.
4At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level.
5Students must complete course with a grade of C or better.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Political Science

The political science degree requires thirty nine additional semester hours beyond the General Education requirements. ; In the General Education requirements, political science majors are required to take the two-course sequence in American history (HIST 2003,HIST 2013), World Civilization II (HIST 1513), and an introductory course in sociology, psychology or economics (SOC 1003, PSY 2003, ECON 2003) ; The thirty nine semester hours required for the political science degree include the introductory course (POLS 2003), Western Political Thought (POLS 2253), Research Design (POLS 2513), either American Political Behavior (POLS 3123) or Congress (POLS 3133), and either Comparative Government (POLS 2403) or International Relations (POLS 2413). Majors also choose one course from each of the four political science blocks: Research Methods, Political Theory, International Relations, and American Politics; Nine semester hours of electives, six of which must be 3000-4000 level and Senior Seminar (POLS 4963) complete the major requirements. Political science majors are required to take six hours of beginning language courses or obtain the appropriate waiver for high school language study.

Curriculum in Political Science

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HIST 2013T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 Research Methods Block3 3-4
Mathematics1,T 3 HIST 2003 3 Beginning Language I7 3 Beginning Language II7 3
HIST 1513T 3 POLS 2003 3 POLS 2253 3 POLS ElectiveT 3
SOC 1003, PSY 2003, or ECON 2003 3 Elective2 3 POLS 2513 3 Elective2,T 2-3
TECH 1001 1    
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Political Theory Block4 3 International Relations Block5 3 American Politics Block6 3 POLS 4963 3
POLS 2403 or POLS 2413 3 American Politics Block6 3 POLS Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 Elective2 9
Elective2 9 Elective2 9 Elective2 6
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HIST 2013T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 Research Methods Block3 3-4
Mathematics1,T 3 HIST 2003 3 Beginning Language I7 3 Beginning Language II7 3
HIST 1513T 3 POLS 2003 3 POLS 2253T 3 POLS ElectiveT 3
SOC 1003, PSY 2003, or ECON 2003 3 Elective2,T 3 POLS 2513 3 Elective2,T 2-3
TECH 1001 1
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
POLS 2403 or POLS 2413 3 American Politics Block6 3 American Politics Block6 3 POLS 4963 3
Political Theory Block4 3 International Relations Block5 3 POLS Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 Elective2 9
Elective2 9 Elective2 9 Elective2 6
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
3The Research Methods choices include: POLS 3513; or grade of C or better in any FL 2023 course; or appropriate methodology course approved by Department Head.
4The Political Theory choices include POLS 3063; or POLS 3253; or appropriate political theory or philosophy course approved by Department Head.
5The International Relations choices include POLS 3013; or POLS 3433; or POLS 3473; or appropriate international relations or comparative government course approved by Department Head.
6The American Politics choices include POLS 3023; or POLS 3033; or POLS 3053; or POLS 3083; or POLS 3123; or POLS 3133; or POLS 3143; or POLS 4043; or appropriate American politics course approved by Department Head.
7Students may waive three hours of language requirement for every one year of language study in high school with grades of "C" or better.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Public History

The public history degree requires fifty three additional semester hours beyond the General Education requirements. In the General Education requirements, public history majors are required to take the two-course sequence in World Civilization (HIST 1503, HIST 1513), and the two-course sequence in American history (HIST 2003, HIST 2013). The fifty three semester hours required for the public history degree include introductory courses in political science (POLS 2003), historical geography or economic geography (GEOG 3803 or GEOG 4203), cultural anthropology (ANTH 2003), an introduction to public history (HIST 2203), sources and methods in history (HIST 2513), local and oral history HIST 3223), grant writing (HIST 3281), archive and manuscript management (HIST 3243), historical editing (HIST 3283), Arkansas history (HIST 4153), Native American History (HIST 4143), historic preservation (HIST 4293), museum methods (HIST 4403), as well as a practicum and internship (HIST 3291,HIST 4973). Twelve additional semester hours must be 3000-4000 level history courses with at least six hours in U.S. History and six hours in World/European History. Public history majors are required to take six hours of beginning language courses or obtain the appropriate waiver for high school language study.

Curriculum in Public History

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Beginning Language I5 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 Beginning Language II5 3
Mathematics1,T 3 ANTH 2003 3 HIST 2003 3 HIST 2013T 3
TECH 1001 1 POLS 2003 3 Elective2 5 HIST 2203 3
HIST 1503T 3 HIST 1513T 3 HIST 2513 3
Elective2 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
GEOG 3803 OR GEOG 4203 3 HIST 3283 3 HIST 3243 3 HIST 4973 3
HIST 3223 3 HIST 3291 1 HIST 3281 1 Electives2 9
HIST 4143 3 HIST 4403 3 HIST 4293 3
HIST 4153 3 HIST Elective 3 3 HIST Elective3 3
HIST Electives4 3 HIST Electives4 3 Electives 5
Elective 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Beginning Language I5 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 Beginning Language II5 3
Mathematics1,T 3 ANTH 2003 3 HIST 2003 3 HIST 2013T 3
TECH 1001 1 POLS 2003 3 Electives2 5 HIST 2203 3
HIST 1503T 3 HIST 1513T 3 HIST 2513 3
Elective2 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
GEOG 3803 or GEOG 4203 3 HIST 3283 3 HIST 3243 3 HIST 4973 3
HIST 3223 3 HIST 3291 1 HIST 3281 1 Electives2 9
HIST 4143 3 HIST 4403 3 HIST 4293 3
HIST 4153 3 HIST Elective3 3 HIST Elective3 3
HIST Elective4 3 HIST Elective4 3 Electives 5
Elective 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
3HIST class must be in the sub-field of United States History.
4HIST class must be in the sub-field of European or World History.
5Students may waive three hours of language requirement for every one year of language study in high school with grades of "C" or better.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor Geography

The minor in geography is designed to allow students who have successfully completed eighteen or more hours in Geography the opportunity to have his/her transcript noted with a statement certifying such accomplishment.

Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point in their Geography courses to be eligible for a Geography minor.

Students wishing to obtain a minor in geography must complete:

GEOG 2013 Regional Geography of the World
GEOG 2023 Human Geography
GEOG Electives (12 hours with no more than 3 hours in GEOG 4993, Special Problems in Geography)

Minor History

The minor in history is designed for those students majoring in other disciplines who wish to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge of the human past. This minor is particularly well suited for students who are interested in criminal justice, international studies, and foreign languages. The discipline of history satisfies our shared desire to know more about ourselves, and students can tailor the curriculum of the minor to meet their specific interests. Students must have a minimum of 2.00 grade point in History courses to be eligible for a History minor. The minor in history requires 18 hours of courses:

HIST 1503 World Civilization I or HIST 1513 World Civilization II
HIST 2003 U. S. History I or HIST 2013 U. S. History II
HIST Electives (12 hours of 3000 - 4000 level)

Minor Military Science

The minor in military science is awarded to students who complete the Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) Program at Arkansas Tech University. The objective of the program is to provide a basic military education and, in conjunction with the goals of the University, to develop individual attributes essential to an Army officer. Instruction covers military fundamentals common to all branches of the military service. Students must have a minimum of a 2.00 grade point average in the required 21 hours to be eligible for a Military Science minor. Students wishing to obtain a minor in Military Science must complete:

MS 1101 Leadership I
MS 1111 Leadership II
MS 2312 Military Organization/Tactics I
MS 2402 Military Organization/Tactics II
MS 3503 Advanced Leadership and Tactics I
MS 3603 Advanced Leadership and Tactics II
MS 4703 Applied Leadership and Management I
MS 4803 Applied Leadership and Management II

and

MS 4013 United States Military History or HIST 4013 United States Military History

Minor Philosophy

The minor in philosophy is designed for those students who wish to broaden their study of the nature of knowledge. This minor is particularly well suited for students who wish to prepare for graduate work or law school. In addition to the academic benefits, the study of philosophy can make an important contribution to the well-lived life. Students can tailor the curriculum of the minor to meet their specific interests. Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point in their Philosophy courses to be eligible for a Philosophy minor. The minor in philosophy requires 18 hours of courses:

PHIL 3103 Logic

and 6 hours selected from the following:
PHIL 2013 Religions of the World
PHIL 3023 Ethics
PHIL 3033 Esthetics
PHIL 3053 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 3063 Modern Political Thought
PHIL 3253 Classical Political Thought
PHIL 4103 Advanced Logic

and 6 hours selected from the following:
PHIL 3003 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 3013 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 3113 Contemporary Philosophy
PHIL 3203 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 4093 American Philosophy

and 3 hours in any additional Philosophy courses

Minor Political Science

The minor in political science is designed for anyone interested in politics, law, and government and is particularly well suited for students who are interested in criminal justice, international studies, journalism, business, and emergency management. Students can tailor the curriculum of the minor along either a national or international focus. Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point in their Political Science courses to be eligible for a Political Science minor. The minor in political science requires 18 hours of courses:

POLS 2253 Survey of Western Political Thought
POLS 2413 International Relations or POLS 2403 Comparative Government
POLS 2513 Research Design
POLS 3123 American Political Behavior or POLS 3133 United States Congress or POLS 3143 The United States Presidency
6 hours in any 3000 or 4000 level Political Science courses

Minor Pre-Law

The Pre-Law minor program's objective is to prepare students for entrance to and advanced study at law school or alternative careers in the legal profession (e.g. legal aide, court reporter, paralegal, etc.) upon graduation through the development of writing, analytic, logical reasoning, and research skills key to the study and practice of law. The minor in pre-law requires 21 hours of courses:

ENGL 2053Technical Writing
PHIL 3103 Logic
POLS 3023/CJ 3023 Judicial Process or POLS 3043 Judicial Politics
POLS 4043 American Constitutional Law
SPH 2003 Public Speaking

and 3 hours selected from the following:
HIST 3023 American Revolution and Founding Era
HIST 4183 American Legal History

and 3 hours selected from the following:
BLAW 2033 Legal Environments of Business
CJ 4023 Law and the Legal System
MGMT 3123 Business Ethics
PHIL 3023 Ethics

Minor Religious Studies

The minor in religious studies is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about religion in cross-cultural and historical perspectives. The required courses are designed to provide a comparative perspective on world religions and to develop an appreciation of both the origins and contemporary expressions of different religions. This minor is particularly well suited for students in the humanities and social sciences as well as students in other disciplines who want to deepen their understanding of the role of religion in contemporary life. Students must have a minimum of 2.00 grade point in the required 18 hours to be eligible for a Religious Studies minor:

ANTH 2003 Cultural Anthropology
HIST 1503 World Civilization I
HIST 4503 History of Christianity
PHIL 2013 Religions of the World
PHIL 3053 Philosophy of Religion
SOC 4073 Sociology of Religion

Minor Strategic Studies

The minor in strategic studies is designed for those students who wish to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge of the principles that have played a major role in shaping our understanding of foreign and security policy. This minor is particularly well suited for students who are interested in international studies, emergency management, political science, diplomatic history, military science, and international law. Students wishing to obtain a minor in Strategic Studies must complete:

POLS 2153: Introduction to Strategic Studies
POLS 2413: International Relations
POLS 3013: Recent American Foreign and Military Policy
POLS 3473: National Security Policy

and any two of the following courses:
EAM 3013: Public Policy Issues in Emergency Management
EAM 3243: Introduction to Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism
ECON 4093: International Economics and Finance
GEOG 4803: Seminar in Global Studies
HIST 4013: American Military History
HIST 4023: Vietnam War
HIST 4083: American Diplomatic History, 1912 to the Present
HIST 4813: World War II

Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point in the required 18 hours to be eligible for a Strategic Studies minor.

Pre-Law Pre-Professional Program

Pre-Law Advisors
Witherspoon Room 255

Accredited law schools have not, in general, adopted specific requirements for pre-law courses. However, in most cases, courses of value to those planning the study of law include: history, economics, political science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, English composition, and literature, as well as courses in the natural sciences, mathematics, and accounting. A broad cultural background is of prime importance. Rather than attempt to prescribe the specific contents of courses to be taken by pre-law students, Arkansas Tech University considers the individual intellectual interests of students of prime importance, encouraging development of the ability to read and comprehend accurately, rapidly, and thoroughly; to think logically; to analyze and weigh situations and materials; to speak and write clearly; and to develop a critical approach and mature study habits.

The pre-professional curriculum is not a major in itself. Pre-law students must declare a major for graduation selected from any degree currently offered at Arkansas Tech University. Among general electives in the chosen major, or in excess of the 120 hours required for graduation, pre-law majors are urged to take the courses listed below to prepare them for the LSAT and law school. Many pre-law students choose to major in History and Political Science, and pre-law advisors are located in that department. Students should consult these listed pre-law advisors regardless of their chosen major, as these advisors specifically help students design a good pre-law curriculum.

Suggested Curriculum in Pre-Law

BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of Business PHIL 3103 Logic
CJ 2043/SOC 2043 Crime and Delinquency POLS 2003 American Government
CJ 4023 Law and the Legal System POLS 3023/CJ 3023 Judicial Process
CJ 4053 Criminal Law and the Constitution POLS 4043 American Constitutional Law
ENGL 3043 Advanced Composition PSY 2003 General Psychology
JOUR 4123 Laws of Communication SPH 2003 Public Speaking
PHIL 3023 Ethics SPH 2111-SPH 2121 Debate Practicum
PHIL 3063/POLS 3063 Modern Political Thought SPH 4153 Persuasive Theory and Audience Analysis