Pre-2008 Pre-Law Concentration

A history major at DePaul can be tailored to meet your needs, interests and career goals. Besides the standard major, the History Department offers a pre-law concentration, designed for students whose career plans include law school or public service work. By the time they graduate, all history majors are expected to have developed skills in the following five areas: analyzing primary sources, analyzing secondary sources, understanding context, conducting research, and presenting their ideas and findings effectively.

History Courses

All of the following:

  • 199 Historical Concepts and Methods (should be taken before the junior year)
  • 220 The One World of the Twentieth Century
  • 385 United States Constitutional History to 1865
  • 386 United States Constitutional History since 1865
  • 395 Historical Sources and Evidence: Nuremberg to the Gulf War
  • 397 Coordinating Seminar (may only be taken during the senior year)

One of the following:

  • 388 The History of the U.S. Bill of Rights
  • 389 The History of the U.S. Supreme Court

One of the following:

  • 292 England to 1688
  • 328 English Constitutional History

Three additional 200-level courses. One from each of the following areas:

  • Latin America
  • Africa
  • Asia

Supporting Fields

Two of the following:

  • ENG 208 Introduction to Reasoned Discourse
  • ENG 300 Composition and Style
  • ENG 306 Rhetoric

One of the following:

  • PHL 301 Basic Logic
  • PHL 303 Critical Thinking
  • PHL 304 Symbolic Logic

One of the following:

  • PSC 260 Law and the Political System
  • PSC 362 The Criminal Justice System

In addition, twelve courses in fields other than history are to be chosen in consultation with the student's departmental advisor.

To become a history major:

Now it is even easier to become a history major our online form. The LAS college office will notify us of your declaration and we will assign you an advisor. Call, email, or stop by the office with any questions.