Major Prerequisites

Major Prerequisites

*****NOTE: P/NP and DPN grades in prerequisite courses, upper div Area courses and Core classes Sp20, Fa20, Sp21, Su21, and Fa22 will be accepted for the major.******

Students must take one distinct course from each of the following four areas.
All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade.
Students must have an overall 2.0 prereq gpa.

NOTE:  Prerequisites may be taken at a community college during the summer. Check on under Legal Studies for courses that articulate

NOTE: Prereqs cannot be fulfilled while studying abroad.

NOTE:  AP exams with a score of 3 or higher may be used to fulfill prereqs (see below under each category).

NOTE:  HL IB credit may be used to fulfill prereqs with a score of 5 or higher.

  • Data/CS/Stat C8        Foundations of Data Science (recommended!)
  • Stat 2               Introduction to Statistics
  • Stat 20             Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Stat 21             Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business
  • Stat 25             Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • Stat 101           Introduction to the Theory of Probability
  • Stat/Data C102         Data, Inference & Decisions
    (AP Statistics with a score of 3 or higher)
  • Phil 2               Individual Morality and Social Justice
  • Phil 3               The Nature of the Mind
  • Phil 4               Knowledge and Its Limits
  • Phil 12A or W12A or 12B      Introduction to Logic
  • Phil 25A or 25B      Ancient/Modern Philosophy
  • Phil 132           Philosophy of the Mind
  • AGRS 36          Greek Philosophy   (formerly Classics 36)
  • Poli Sci 112A   History of Political Theory: Ancient & Medieval, or
  • Poli Sci 112B   History of Political Theory: Modern, or
  • Poli Sci 112C   History of Political Theory: Contemporary
    (Cannot use AP credit)
  • Hist 4A or 4B    The Ancient Mediterranean World, Medieval Europe
  • Hist 5                   European Civilization (Renaissance to the present)
  • Hist 7A or 7B     Introduction to the History of the United States
  • History 8B:         Modern Latin America
  • Hist C139C              Civil Rights & Social Movements in U.S. History (also AmerStud 139AC)
  • Hist 155A or 155B      MedievalEurope
  • Hist 157              The Renaissance and the Reformation
  • Hist 158A or 158B or 158C     ModernEurope
  • Hist 164A or 164B      Modern European Intellectual History
  • Africam 117         African Americans in the Industrial Age, 1865-1970
  • Eth Std 21AC       A Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the U.S.
  • Eth Std 135         Contemporary U.S. Immigration
  • L&S/UGIS R44/AGRS R44    Topics in Western Civilization (formerly UGIS 44A/B/C, and Classics R44)
    (AP Euro Hist or US Hist with a score of 3 or higher)
Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Econ 1                         Introduction to Economics
  • Econ 2                         Introduction to Economics – Lecture Format
  • Econ 100A                  Economic Analysis
  • Econ 101A                  Economic Theory
  • Eth Std 21AC             A Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the U.S.
  • Eth Std 135                 Contemporary U.S. Immigration
  • GWS 102                    Transnational Feminism
  • Poli Sci 1                     Intro to American Politics
  • Poli Sci 2                     Intro to Comparative Politics
  • Sociology 1                 Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 3A or 3B or 3C or 3AC   Principles of Sociology
  • Sociology 5                 Evaluation of Evidence
  • Sociology 101A or 101B     Sociological Theory
  • Sociology 131F           Four Centuries of Racial Vision and Division in the U.S.
    (AP Micro Econ, or US Govt & Politics with a score of 3 or higher)
Sample Course Plan for the Legal Studies Major –
The following plan can work whether you begin as a freshman or as a junior transfer. It’s best to spread your courses out as much as possible to give yourself the time to do your absolute best and be able to take advantage of other wonderful opportunities available to you.

Helpful Tip #1: Continue to choose a Core course each semester so you don’t get to the end of your time here and find that you have to settle for a course because it’s the only one offered that you haven’t already taken. The list of Core choices is short and we can only offer a few each semester, so grab the courses you prefer as they come up.

Helpful Tip #2: Take just two upper divs for the major each semester. Typically grades are higher for students who plan conservatively.

Helpful Tip #3: Prereqs can be taken during the summer at community college, just check on

Helpful Tip #4: Plan ahead for UCDC, Study Abroad, Honors (LS H195A, B and C in senior year), etc. You CAN do it all.

Helpful Tip #5: If you choose all 4 unit upper div courses, you’ll need just 8 courses. See below.

This is just one way to go about planning your courses:

Fall – Freshman Year

Spring – Freshman Year

Fall – Sophomore Year

Spring – Sophomore Year

Fall – Junior Year
Upper div Core (4 units)
Upper div Area (4 units)

Spring – Junior Year
Upper div Core (4 units)
Upper div Area (4 units)

Fall – Senior Year
Upper div Core (4 units)
Upper div Area (4 units)

Spring – Senior Year
Upper div Core (4 units)
Upper div Area (capstone course) (4 units)