History Area in Law (3+3)

The 3+3 History Area in Law is designed to allow students to complete a BA in history at Murray State University and a law degree at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in a total of six years instead of seven. Students complete three years of coursework in history and law-related fields here at Murray State University and then transfer to the Brandeis School of Law for their fourth through sixth years. Course hours completed at the University of Louisville in the first year are transferred to Murray State University, allowing the student to earn their BA degree at MSU. Students will need to apply for graduation at MSU.

Students wanting to complete the History Area in Law (3+3) can enter the program at any time after enrollment at Murray State University 

To qualify:

  • Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 3.25 cumulative GPA in History courses
  • Students must submit a reflective statement on their interest in and viability for completing the program to the department chair.
  • Recommendations from at least 2 faculty members (from the department at MSU if possible) must be submitted to the department chair.

History Area in Law (3+3)

Total Course Requirements (120 hours) (including 21 hours transferred to Murray State University from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law)

  • University Studies Requirements (BA) (47 hours 
    University Studies selections must include:
    • CIV 201 World Civilizations I and
    • CIV 202 World Civilizations II
  • Required Courses (13 hours)
    • HIS 100T Transitions
    • HIS 300 Introduction to Historical Studies
    • Three of the following:
      • HIS 201 Modern Europe
      • HIS 202 Understanding Global History
      • HIS 221 American Experience to 1865
      • HIS 222 American Experience Since 1865 
  • Required Limited History Electives (30 hours)
    • HIS 176 History of the United States Constitution
    • HIS 375 Crime and Punishment
    • Upper-level courses, at least two must be at the 400-level, to include the following: 
      • Global History Electives (6 hours)
        HIS 301, 305, 309, 316, 325, 331, 340, 350, 352, 354, 355, 356, 357, 359, 360, 362, 370, 407, 418, 449, 450, 451, 456, 459, 472, 474, 475, 476, 478, 479, 481. 
      • U.S. History Electives (6 hours)
        HIS 315, 320, 322, 323, 326, 327, 329, 330, 333, 334, 416, 417, 421, 422, 424, 425, 430, 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 441, 442, 445, 446, 491.
      • European History Electives (6 hours)
        HIS 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 307, 310, 324, 363, 364, 401, 402, 403, 406, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 419, 425. Depending on topic, these courses will be acceptable under an above group with advisor approval: HIS 390, 415, 477, 490. 
      • Elective hours of choice (6 hours)
  • Required Legal Studies Courses (9 hours)
    Three of the following:
    • CRJ 140 Intro to Criminal justice
    • PHI 202 Ethics
    • POL 140 American National Government
    • POL 240 State and Local Government
    • POL 250 Intro to International Relations or POL 252 Intro to Comparative Politics
    • SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology

Total number of BA hours (120 hours) (including 21 hours transferred to Murray State University from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law)

Law School Courses (at UofL) (21 hours) (transferred to MSU as undergraduate hours)
LAW 802, 803, 804, 805, 810, 811, 812, 814, 815, 819. 3 of these hours, either LAW 811 (Lawyering Skills I) or LAW 812 (Lawyering Skills II), transfer in as HIS 400 (a grade of C or better) in the MSU catalog, thus completing the history core.

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