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The pre-law major at Fresno Pacific University will not only equip you with knowledge of the legal and criminal justice systems of the United States, but a broad education that’s key for getting into a top law school. As an FPU pre-law major, you’ll also benefit from professors on the cutting edge of restorative justice. Courses will provide you with an understanding the practical contexts of legal issues, how to effectively communicate with clients, navigate court systems and train you to be a servant-leader to people of all walks of life.


  • Interdisciplinary in approach
  • Courses include business, history, communication, philosophy, political science, sociology and psychology.
  • Opportunities for extra curricular integration of coursework

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the pre-law major you’ll be prepared for advanced study in law, criminal justice, mediation and legal history, among many other fields.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites

HIST 150American Civilization4
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PS 120American Politics and Society3
PSY 120General Psychology3
SOC 120Introduction to Sociology3

General Education Focus Series

THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3
CRIM 355Victims, Trauma and Recovery3

Required Courses (14 Courses, 42-44 Units)

Core Program (7 Courses, 20 Units)
CRIM 375Criminal Justice in America4
PS 371American Law and Legal System3
PS 372Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution1
PS 380Social Problems and Public Policy *4
PS 476Internship3
SOC 410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
SOC 430Conflict Management and Resolution3
Pre-law (7 Courses, 22-24 Units)
BUS 475Law and the Business Environment3
PS 373Nature, Law and Policy3
PS 373Nature, Law and Policy3
PS 374Legal Research and Writing3
PS 376Civil Rights and Liberties3
PS 390Religion and Politics in America *4

Select a minimum of two of the following

CRIM 352Criminology3
CRIM 362Criminal Procedure3
CRIM 382Juvenile Delinquncy and Justice3
CRIM 392Corrections3
HIST 425Twentieth Century America4
HIST 450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
PS 435Energy, Economics and Ethics3
PSY 350Child Development3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PSY 395Social Psychology3
PSY 410Abnormal Psychology4
SOC 350Marriage and Family3
SW 390Chemical Dependency Intervention3
SW 395Studies in Domestic Violence2

* American Studies Program (15-16 Units)

The American Studies Program (CCCU) in Washington, D.C., may be taken in place of PS 476, PS 390. If the Public Policy Track is taken, it replaces PS 380.

Program director

Bret Kincaid, Ph.D.
Bret Kincaid, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science