The History and Political Science Department provides a solid foundation for a career in law. The Pre-law Program is specifically designed to prepare students to enter and succeed in law school while challenging them to consider how Christian faith is relevant in the legal system.
As a pre-professional program, students link their Pre-law studies with any major they choose including those recommended by the American Bar Association and most law schools: history, political science, communication, English, business, criminal justice, psychology, information technology, math, biology, and Spanish. Our Pre-law Program also introduces students to a broad range of challenging liberal arts courses and opportunities for an internship in the field. The program culminates in the Pre-law Capstone Seminar and includes a Pre-law faculty advisor in addition to a primary advisor.
Examples of courses in this major:
Basic legal principles which control modern business transactions. Deals with such topics as contracts, agencies, employment, negotiable instruments, property, sales, and business relations with government.
The study of substantive criminal law as a means of defining social values. Attention is given to the definition and classification of crime, as well as criminal law theory and the relationship of criminal law to the criminal justice system.
This introduces students to how the political system in America functions. It focuses on the actual workings of the American government and starts with the cultural and constitutional contexts of American politics.
This varsity academic team focuses on learning and practicing important mediation skills. Students will participate in regional and national mediation conferences and tournaments.
An examination of the logical structure and function of argument in oral and written discourse with special attention given to fallacies and test of evidence. Students will engage in two-person and four-person classroom debates.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in History and English, Spring Arbor University; M.Sc. in British History, University of Edinburgh, U.K.; Ph.D. in British History, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
Dr. Mark Norris is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, professor of European and world history, and he advises pre-law and social studies education students. Dr. Norris is engaged in various writing projects dealing with Tudor England, the history of India, and religion in America during the early part of the twentieth century. Additionally, he co-edited a volume on the history of Grace College and Seminary entitled Becoming Grace (BMH 2015). Dr. Norris has taken students on study trips to Scotland, India, and to areas in the South that were instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. He also is coach of the Grace Mediation team. Dr. Norris and his wife, Marla, have three children and live in Warsaw, Indiana.
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What others are saying:
The Department of History and Political Science takes a holistic approach to education. The faculty demonstrate a unique marriage of excellence and rigor with flexibility, grace, and a desire to learn along with students.
—Bailey Standish B.A., Pre-Law and Communication, 2010