Department Of History

Pre-Law/Pre-med

Pre-Law Students

Pre-Med Students

Combining a Pre-Med Track and a History Major
   

PRE-LAW

History majors make great law students! While many majors will help prepare students for both law school and the law school admissions exam, students with B.A.s in history find themselves well prepared for both. According to the American Bar Association [link to ] (ABA), students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. More important are the core skills and values necessary for successful completion of the J.D. They included:

  • Analytic / Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing Skills
  • Oral Communication / Listening Abilities
  • General Research Skills
  • Task Organization / Management Skills
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice 

For more on the ABA's recommendations for law school preparation, click here.

Xavier History majors often choose to pursue a degree in law. We have a number of students currently planning to attend law school as well as a number of graduates from law school over the last few years. Here is what a few of them had to say:

“A history degree creates a formidable foundation for students entering law school. The rigorous reading requirements are analogous to law school courses. Professors in the History Department passionately push students to reach new heights of academic success.” - Christopher Bordenave (XU, '08); The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law ('12)

“I recently accepted an internship with the State Department's African Affairs Bureau at the Consulate in Harare, Zimbabwe during summer 2012. I have found that my experience with the history department and learning from you has had a great impact on my career goals thus far, and I am thankful for that.” Michael Caldwell Jr. (XU, '11); J.D., Loyola Law ('14).

A number of recent Xavier history graduates have successfully received their J.Ds; in addition to Caldwell and Bordenave, Rolando Urbina (2005) completed Law School at Southern Law University Law Center (2011) and is now employed as an attorney at the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.

Here in the History Department at Xavier University, we strive to provide you with all of those competencies and more! If you are interested in pre-law and history, please stop by our department and chat with us!

   

PRE-MED

More and more, medical schools are turning to humanities graduates to fill their incoming classes! According to a 2010 article in the New York Times in one Mt. Sinai study, "the humanities students made more sensitive doctors." In other cases, admissions officers are looking for more well-rounded candidates, as Sarah Kliff points out in Well Rounded Docs.”. In the history department we have had several recent graduates choose to double major in history and biology. And in case those didn’t convince you, try listening to what the Washington Post has to say about future scientists!

A current dual major, Jawn Manning, shares this about her love for history and science:

"I have always been a little obsessed with history. I love the way that researching the cause and effect of the past has so strongly shaped our present and future. So after a month of college at Xavier University of Louisiana I declared history as my major. This was to the extreme confusion of my mother, grandparents, and even my pre-med advisor. But for me the connection was crystal clear. I could use the analytical skills learned from my history studies as my greatest tools. Over the last year and a half in the history department my skills in understanding the books and documents that I read and grasping the have increased exponentially. This is the important part of the work doctors do. They use the information from their patient’s past to treat their present conditions and possibly prevent future illness.

I plan on perfectly merging the concepts that I am currently learning in the field of history with the concepts that I plan to learn in the field of medicine. I will use these skills to help the underserved community that I come from. I personally believe that everyone deserves quality healthcare regardless of their socioeconomic status. Everyone deserves a doctor that can keep going, through the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the sadness and the concern."

Jeremy Montgomery, who combined a history major and a biology minor (2012), recently completed a Master’s in History at Mississippi State University and is applying to Ph.D. programs. His research interests combine his history and science background as his research looks at the cultural understanding of human dissection/anatomy in an American historical context.

     

Combining a Pre-Med Track and a History Major with the Current Core

    

A SAMPLE COURSE LOAD for HISTORY PRE-MED
     

FRESHMAN YEAR

Semester Hours

 

 

 

  1st

2nd

 

 

 

 

Semester

Semester

 

 

HIST 1000/2000 level

3

3

Essential Core / History

 

Communication Studies

 

3

Essential Core

 

ENGL 1000/1010-1020

3

3

Fundamental Core

 

Freshman Seminar

1

1

Essential Core

 

MATH 1030

4

 

Fundamental Core

 

MATH 1020 or 3010/3010D

 

3

Pre-Med

 

CHEM 1010/1010D/1011L

4

 

CHEM Minor

 

CHEM 1020/1020D/1021L

 

4

CHEM Minor

 

15

17

 

   

SOPHOMORE YEAR

 

HIST 2010-2020

3

3

History

 

HIST 2415

3

 

History

 

ENGL 2010

3

 

Essential Core

 

Philosophy

 

3

Essential Core

 

Physical Education

 

1

Essential Core

 

CHEM 2210/2210D/2230L

4

 

CHEM Minor

 

CHEM 2220/2220D/2240L

 

4

CHEM Minor

 

BIOL 1230/1230L

4

 

BIOL Minor

 

BIOL 1240/1240L

 

4

BIOL Minor

 

17

15

 

    

JUNIOR YEAR

 

HIST 3000- or 4000-level*

3

6

History

 

PHYS 2010/2010L

4

 

Fundamental Core

 

PHYS 2020/2021L

 

4

Essential Core

 

BIOL 3110

3

 

BIOL Minor

 

CHEM 3130

 

3

CHEM Minor

 

Foreign Language

3

3

Fundamental Core

 

Theology

3

 

Essential Core

 

16

16

 

   

 SENIOR YEAR

 

HIST 3000- or 4000-level*

3

3

History

 

HIST 4415S

3

 

History

 

HIST 4999

 

0

History

 

Fine Arts

 

3

Essential Core

 

Social Science

 

3

Essential Core

 

AADS

3

 

Essential Core

 

Theology

3

 

Essential Core

 

Philosophy

 

3

Essential Core

 

BIOL 3162/3162L   ORBIOL 3350/3350L   ORBIOL 4111/4111L   ORBIOL 4091/4091L

4

4

BIOL Minor

 

16

16

 

NOTES:
Total hrs. = 128*
HIST hrs. = 33
BIOL Minor = 19
CHEM Minor = 19
NO ELECTIVES
*Does not include the Expansive Core (6 hrs.) -- if the Expansive Core remains, we would encourage students to take 6 hrs. while studying abroad during the summer following their sophomore or junior years, bringing the total hours for graduation to 134.

The Pre-Med program follows the recommended curriculum listed in the 2014-16 catalog, p. 54.

     

"History has thrust something upon me from which I cannot turn away." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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Department Of History

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