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Pre-Law Transfer AA

Last updated 3/18/2014

Associate in Arts Code 1013

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Joan Eastlund, 309-796-5424, eastlundj@bhc.edu
East Campus
Vashti Berry, 309-854-1711, berryv@bhc.edu


Students considering the legal profession should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for students considering a legal career, students should consult with the Advising area at Black Hawk College and/or a pre-law advisor for additional information.

This curriculum provides a broad perspective on the human condition and skills essential to any educated person. Students will complete the first two years of traditional pre-law major and will have established a good foundation upon which to complete their pre-law work at a four-year school. Students who complete a law degree may be employed in a variety of ways. Certainly they may practice law, but they may also become judges or other public officials. They may seek election to political office. They may work in private business; they may teach, etc.

Courses for this program include: »

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

HIST 105 History of the United States to 1877
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the history of the United States from the discovery of America through 1865, including settlement and westward expansion, the development of the American government, the growth of the American economy, the evolution of an American style of life and thought, and the development of sectionalism culminating in the Civil War. IAI: S2 900

HIST 106 History of the United States Since 1877
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 105 not required for enrollment.
Examines history of the United States from close of the Civil War through the present, including the rise of the U.S. as a major world power, the continued growth and development of the federal government, efforts to improve the status of minorities and women, the growth of the economy, and the changing pattern of American life. IAI: S2 901

HIST 125 Western Civilization I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the foundations of Western civilization in the ancient near east and the Greco-Roman world, and traces the transmission of ideas from these early cultures to the Medieval world, from the first feudal monarchies to the Protestant Reformation. Among the cultures studied are those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. IAI: H2 901

HIST 127 Western Civilization II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 125 not required for enrollment.
Surveys expansion of Western civilization since the 17th century. Examines the age of kings, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the development of nationalism and industrialism, and the rising tide of violence in the 20th century. Particular emphasis is given to the spread of Western ideas and institutions throughout the world. IAI: H2 90

HIST 141 History of Asia I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the foundations of Eastern civilization beginning with its origins in the River Valleys of India and China. Particular emphasis is given to the development of major Asian societies, noting the creation of stable political and economic systems, and the stimulation of significant cultural achievements. Among the cultures studied are those of India, China, and Japan.
IAI: S2 908N

HIST 142 History of Asia II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Surveys the continued development of Eastern civilization in the modern period, noting not only the richness of its cultural achievements, but also the impact of and the responses to the Western imperial presence. Particular emphasis is given to the gradual transformation of Asian societies and the variety of influences which led to political independence in the 20th century. Among the cultures studied are those of India, China, and Japan. IAI: S2 909N2

PHIL 100 Logic
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduces the student to formal and informal logic. Examines logical fallacies that are found in everyday arguments as well as the basics of symbolic logic. IAI: H4 906

PHIL 103 Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Presents an introduction to the moral problems of society with an emphasis on concepts and systems. IAI: H4 904

POLS 122 American National Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the development and operation of the U.S. national system of government; evolution of the Constitution; the organization, powers, and functions of the three branches of government; the practice and limitations of American politics; and the interrelationships with state and local governments. IAI: S5 900

POLS 191 Introduction to Political Science
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to the academic discipline of political science that focuses attention on the nature and scope of political science, the political process, political theories, and the interrelationships of various elements of a political system. IAI: S5 903

POLS 252 State and Local Government
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the organization and functions of state and local
governments with an evaluation of their roles in the U.S. federal system of government. IAI: S5 902

POLS 258 Selected Studies in Political Science
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
Topics studied vary according to student interest and instructor availability. Typical course offerings include studies on the international, national, state and local political scene, and/or an internship experience. This course may be taken more than once if different topics are considered.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SOC 101  Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.

Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
POLS 191 — Introduction to Political Science (3)
HIST 105 — History of the US to 1877 (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Physical Science (4)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
HIST 125 — Western Civilization I (3)
HIST 106 — History of the United States Since 1877 (3)
Life Science (4)
Fine Arts (3)

Third Semester
HIST 127 — Western Civilization II (3)
HIST 141 — History of Asia I  or  (3)
HIST 142 — History of Asia II
POLS 122 — American National Government (3)
Mathematics (3)
1Electives (4)

Fourth Semester
POLS 252 — State and Local Government (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology  or  (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology
1Electives (7)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Suggested: PHIL 103, PHIL 202, POLS 258 (M.I.G.)