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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.

Program director

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

Associate Professor of Political Science

Course listing

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-420Victims, 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-380*Politics and Public Policy3
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-374Legal Research and Writing3
PS-376Civil Rights and Liberties3
PS-390*Religion and Politics in America4

Select a minimum of two of the following:

CRIM-362Criminal Procedure3
CRIM-382Juvenile Delinquency and Justice3
HIST-425Twentieth Century America4
HIST-450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
PS-435Human Rights and International Law4
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.