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 hrs 
University Studies selections must include:
CIV 201 World Civilizations I
and
CIV 202 World Civilizations II

Required Courses………………………………………………….13 hrs
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 hrs
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 hrs)
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 hrs)
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 hrs)
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 hrs)

Required Legal Studies Courses..........................................9 hrs
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 hrs (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 in the MSU catalog, thus completing the history core.