Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Prelaw

The department offers a philosophy pre-law program for those students interested in philosophy or a general arts education and in pursuing a legal career.

It is generally acknowledged that a concentration in philosophy and the other arts provides an appropriate basis for the study of law. The requirements of law schools in the United States have been taken into account in advising a student in the course of study. The philosophy pre-law program includes 30 hours of philosophy and a variety of other courses within other required areas of study.

For further information about preparing for law school, consult St. Bonaventure's Center for Law and Society.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Prelaw

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy prelaw. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all philosophy courses. For one possible breakdown of the philosophy prelaw major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Philosophy  30
      PHIL 102. Introduction to Philosophy
      PHIL 210. Metaphysics
      PHIL 312. Symbolic Logic
      PHIL 325. Philosophy of Law
      PHIL 326. Legal Reasoning
      PHIL 327. Legal Ethics
      PHIL 404. History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
      PHIL 407. History of Modern Philosophy
      PHIL 498. Senior Research Seminar*
      One philosophy elective
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
 Business  9
      ECO 101. Microeconomics or ECO 102. Macroeconomics
      ACCT 201. Introduction to Financial Accounting
      BLX 210. Business Law I
3
3
3
 Quantitative Reasoning  3
      One mathematics course 3
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above** 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World & CLRL 302 (Lab)
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum 
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives***   39
 Total  120

* The Senior Research Seminar is taken in the fall semester of the student's senior year.

** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

*** PSYC 101. An Introduction to Psychology, SOC 101. Introductory Sociology, POLS 102. American Politics, and POLS 420. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties are recommended.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Philosophy majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Quantitative Reasoning.

Philosophy Double Majors Program

The Department offers special advisement to students wishing to pursue the study of philosophy as a second or double major in conjunction with their primary field of study.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Prelaw

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
CLAR 110 3 PHIL 312 3
Foreign Lang./General Elective 3 Foreign Language* 3
PHIL 102 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 4
CLAR 101 3 PHIL 210 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 CLAR 111 3
Total 15 Total 16
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
Quantitative Reasoning 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
CLAR 304 3 PHIL 407 3
General Elective 3 General Electives 9
Core Area Course (Clare) 3
ECO 101/ECO 102 3    
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 404 3 PHIL 326 3
PHIL 325 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
BLX 210 3 General Electives 9
Core Area Course (Clare) 3
ACCT 201 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 327 3 General Electives 15
PHIL 328/Philosophy Elective 3
PHIL 498 3    
Core Area Course (Clare) 3
CLAR 401 2    
Total 14 Total 15

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.