Pre-Law Skills-Based Course Options (2017-2018)

Analytic/Problem Solving Skills

Analytic/Problem Solving Skills
Course Meets Miami Plan CAS Core Requirements Meets Major Requirements Prerequisites
ACC 221
Intro to Financial Accounting
Sophomore Standing
ECO 201
Principles of Microeconomics

(Social Science)
CAS-C MTH 201 or MU Math Placement score into MTH 123 or higher
ECO 202
Principles of Macroeconomics

(Social Science)
CAS-C MTH 201 or MU Math Placement score into MTH 123 or higher
ENG 144
Major American Authors

(Humanities)
CAS-B-LIT
ENG 223
Strategies for Writers
ENG 111, 112
ENG 310
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion
ENG 369
Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature
CAS-B-LIT
HST 206
Introduction to Historical Inquiry
CAS-B HST majors
HST 290K
American Law and the Constitution
PHL 263
Informal Logic
CAS-B First Course in Reasoning Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major
PHL 273
Formal Logic

(Formal Reasoning)
CAS-E Second Course in Reasoning Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major
PHL 373
Symbolic Logic
CAS-E Third Course in Reasoning Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major
POL 241
American Political System
CAS-C Required for PA, POL, and DGP
POL 201
Political Thinking
CAS-C Meets POL requirement
POL 363
Administrative Law
CAS-C Meets POL and PA requirement POL 241
PSY 111
Intro to Psychology

(Social Science)
CAS-C Core Requirement
PSY 221
Social Psychology
CAS-C Social breadth requirement;
First course in the Social Topic Sequence
PSY 111
PSY 231
Developmental Psychology
CAS-C The Developmental breadth requirement;
The first course in the Developmental Topic Sequence;
A tier 1 course for PSY2-Patterns in Human Development Thematic Sequence
PSY 242
Abnormal Psychology
CAS-C The Individual breadth requirement;
The first course in the Psychopathology Topic Sequence;
A tier 1 course for PSY1-Perspectives
on Psychopathology Thematic Sequence
PSY 111
PSY 376
Reasoning and Problem Solving
CAS-C The Cognitive breadth requirement;
The second or third course, beyond
PSY 271, in the Cognitive Topic
Sequence;
An Advanced course (300-level or above;
A tier 2 course for PSY5-Cognition:
Understanding and Improving Thought Thematic Sequence
PSY 271 and 294
SOC 412
Sociology of Law
Counts toward Sociology and Social Justice Studies majors SOC 151 or 153; or SJS 165
STA 261
Statistics

(Mathematics)
CAS-E MTH 201 or 104 or 121

Critical Reading Skills

Critical Reading Skills
Course Meets Miami Plan CAS Core Requirements Meets Major Requirements Prerequisites
ENG 144
Major American Authors

(Humanities)
CAS-B-LIT
ENG 226
Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 311
Contemporary Fiction
ENG 300-level workshop
320 Fiction or
323 Non-Fiction
ENG 226 (for Fiction)
ENG 339
Early Romantic Literature
CAS-B-LIT
HST 111/112
Survey of American History

(Humanities;
Global Perspectives;
Historical Perspectives)
CAS-B
HST 121/122
Western Civilization

(Humanities;
Global Perspectives;
Historical Perspectives)
CAS-B
HST 197/198
Survey of World History

(Humanities;
Global Perspectives;
Historical Perspectives)
CAS-B
HST 200-level course CAS-B
(except 211)
PHL 103
Society and the
Individual

(Humanities;
Historical Perspectives)
CAS-B First Course in Metaphysics and
Epistemology Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and minors
PHL 105
Theories of Human
Nature

(Humanities;
Historical Perspectives)
CAS-B First Course in Metaphysics and
Epistemology Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and minors
PHL 131
Problems of Moral and Social Values

(Humanities;
Cultural Perspective)
CAS-B First Course in Ethics Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and ethics minor
PHL 331
Political Philosophy
CAS-B Counts towards PHL major and ethics minor PHL 103 or 131
PHL 335
Philosophy of Law
CAS-B Counts towards PHL major and ethics minor
POL 303
Modern Political
Philosophy
CAS-C Meets POL requirements POL 201
POL 353
Constitutional Rights & Liberties

(Social Science)
CAS-C Meets POL requirements POL 221
POL 338
Contemporary African Politics
CAS-C Meets POL and DGP requirements POL 221
PSY 251
Introduction to Biopsychology
CAS-C The Biopsychology breadth requirement;
The first course in the Biopsychology Topic Sequence;
A Neuroscience minor core
requirement
PSY 271
Cognitive Psychology
CAS-C The Cognitive breadth requirement;
The first course in the Cognitive Topic Sequence;
A tier 1 course for PSY5-Cognition:
Understanding and Improving Thought Thematic Sequence
PSY 325
Psychology of Prejudice and Minority Experience
CAS-C The Social breadth requirement;
The second or third course, beyond
PSY 221, in the Social Topic Sequence;
An Advanced course (300-level or
above)
PSY 221 and 294
PSY 327
Social Cognition

(Mathematics)
CAS-C The Social breadth requirement;
The second or third course, beyond
PSY 221, in the Social Topic Sequence;
An Advanced course (300-level or
above)
PSY 221 and 294 or permission
SOC 412
Sociology of Law
Counts toward Sociology and Social Justice Studies majors SOC 151 or 153; or SJS 165

Writing Skills

Writing Skills
Course Meets Miami Plan CAS Core Requirements Meets Major Requirements Prerequisites
ENG 223
Rhetoric Strategies for Writers
ENG 111, 112 or
permission
ENG 310
Special Topics in Rhetoric
ENG 223
ENG 315
Business Writing
ENG 316
Legal Writing
ENG 226 (for Fiction)
ENG 300-level workshop
320 Fiction or
323 Non-Fiction
HST 300-level course CAS-B
PHL 103
Society and the
Individual

(Humanities;
Historical Perspectives)
CAS-B First Course in Metaphysics and
Epistemology Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and minors
PHL 105
Theories of Human
Nature

(Humanities;
Historical Perspectives)
CAS-B First Course in Metaphysics and
Epistemology Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and minors
PHL 131
Problems of Moral and Social Values

(Humanities;
Cultural Perspective)
CAS-B First Course in Ethics Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and ethics minor
PHL 331
Political Philosophy
CAS-B Counts towards PHL major and ethics minor PHL 103 or 131
PHL 335
Philosophy of Law
CAS-B Counts towards PHL major and ethics minor
POL 387
Comparative Security Issues
CAS-C Meets POL and DGP major
POL 471
Human Rights: Past and Future
Capstone CAS-C Meets POL and DGP major POL 271
POL 459
American Politics Seminars
Capstone CAS-C Meets POL major POL 241
SOC 412
Sociology of Law
Counts toward Sociology and Social Justice Studies majors SOC 151 or 153; or SJS 165

Oral Communication and Listening Abilities

Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
Course Meets Miami Plan CAS Core Requirements Meets Major Requirements Prerequisites
COM 332
Argumentation and Debate
PHL 331
Political Philosophy
CAS-B Counts towards PHL major and ethics minor PHL 103 or 131
PHL 355
Feminist Theory
CAS-B Counts towards Ethics Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and ethics minor;
Counts towards Women's Studies major and minor
PHL 376
Environmental Philosophy
CAS-B Counts towards Ethics Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and ethics
minor
PSY 325
Psychology of Prejudice and Minority Experience
CAS-C Social breadth requirement;
The second or third course, beyond
PSY 221, in the Social Topic Sequence;
An Advanced course (300-level or
above)
PSY 221 and 294
PSY 327
Social Cognition
CAS-C Social breadth requirement;
The second or third course, beyond
PSY 221, in the Social Topic Sequence;
An Advanced course (300-level or
above)
PSY 221 and 294 or permission
SOC 412
Sociology of Law
Counts toward Sociology and Social Justice Studies majors SOC 151 or 153; or SJS 165

General Research Skills

General Research Skills
Course Meets Miami Plan CAS Core Requirements Meets Major Requirements Prerequisites
PHL 301
Ancient Philosophy
CAS-B Required for PHL major;
Counts towards History of Philosophy
minor
PHL 103, 104, 105, or 131
PHL 302
Modern Philosophy
CAS-B Required for PHL major;
Counts towards History of Philosophy
minor
PHL 103, 104, 105, or 131
PHL 311
Ethical Theory
CAS-B Counts towards Ethics Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and ethics
minor
PHL 131
PHL 331
Political Philosophy
CAS-B Counts towards PHL major and ethics
minor
PHL 103 or 131
PHL 335
Philosophy of Law
CAS-B Counts towards PHL major and ethics
minor
POL 306
Applied Research Methods
CAS-C Required for PA Majors POL 241
POL 355
Public Opinion and Political Behavior
CAS-C Meets POL requirements POL 241
POL 352
Constitutional Law & Politics
CAS-C Meets POL requirements POL 241
PSY 293
Research Design and Analysis in Psychology I
CAS-C Core requirement STA 261
*May NOT be taken concurrently with STA 261 or PSY 294
PSY 294
Research Design and Analysis in Psychology II
CAS-C Core requirement STA 261 and PSY 293
SOC 262
Research Methods
CAS-QL Required for SOC, SJS, and GTY majors SOC 151, SOC 153, or SOC/SJS 165

Task Organization and Management Skills

Task Organization and Management Skills
Course Meets Miami Plan CAS Core Requirements Meets Major Requirements Prerequisites
PHL 301
Ancient Philosophy
CAS-B Required for PHL major;
Counts towards History of Philosophy
minor
PHL 103, 104, 105, or 131
PHL 302
Modern Philosophy
CAS-B Required for PHL major;
Counts towards History of Philosophy
minor
PHL 103, 104, 105, or 131
PHL 311
Ethical Theory
CAS-B Counts towards Ethics Sequence;
Counts towards PHL major and ethics
minor
PHL 131
BTE 301
Personal Organization Skills