Philosophy - 6-Year Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor

A Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy has long been acknowledged as an excellent preparation for law school. The critical thinking, argumentation, reading and writing skills that are cultivated in Philosophy are crucial to success in the study and practice of law. The dual degree program allows students to complete both the BA and the JD in 6 years by double-counting 18 hours of coursework.

Students in the dual degree program spend their first three years on the main campus in College Station. In these three years, they complete 102 hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts. Students formally apply to the School of Law during their Junior year. Continuation in the dual degree program is contingent on admission to the School of Law.

In year 4, students begin studying on the campus in Fort Worth. They take the traditional lock-step coursework required of first-year law students. This includes 29 hours of coursework, 18 of which will be double-counted so as to complete the requirements of the BA. In years 5 and 6, students complete the School of Law’s requirements for the JD (an additional 61 credit hours).

Select the “Program Requirements” tab for a semester-by-semester recommendation of a course of study that satisfies all degree requirements. For an alternative display of the degree requirements, visit the Department of Philosophy website and select the “Undergraduate” tab.

This degree plan shows students the number of hours they must take each semester in order to complete the dual degree program. Modifications in the order of courses taken during the first three years are permissible, but students should consult with an academic advisor in order to ensure they are meeting all dual degree requirements. The curriculum for years 4, 5 and 6 may be modified by the School of Law.  Students should consult the applicable School of Law student handbook to determine the graduation requirements for the School of Law.

Students applying to the School of Law through the 3+3 program must have an undergraduate grade point ratio of at least 3.25. Each student is allowed one semester of grades below a 3.25 during the first 3 years of the program. 

Students are only eligible to take courses designated LAW upon formally applying to and being accepted by the School of Law. Students apply to the School of Law during year 3 and, if successful, begin taking LAW courses in year 4. Admission is not guaranteed for participants in the dual degree program. Admission decisions are made exclusively by the School of Law.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Foreign language 1 4
Mathematics 3
Select one of the following from: 3
Contemporary Moral Issues  
Philosophy of Education  
Introduction to Philosophy  
Introduction to Hip-Hop Philosophy  
Latin American Philosophy  
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Foreign language 1 4
Life and physical sciences 3
Creative arts 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer
PHIL 240 Introduction to Logic 3
Select one of the following: 3
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
 Semester Credit Hours6
Second Year
Fall
Foreign language 1 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature in English 3
Select one of the following: 3
Indian and Oriental Religions  
Classical Philosophy  
Medieval Philosophy  
Elective 3 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Foreign language 1 3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Select one of the following: 3
Seventeenth-Century Philosophy  
Eighteenth-Century Philosophy  
 Semester Credit Hours15
Summer
Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Third Year
Fall
Literature in English 3
American history 3
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
Philosophy Elective 4 3
Philosophy Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Nineteenth Century Philosophy  
American Philosophy  
Recent British and American Philosophy  
Phenomenology  
Existentialism  
Philosophy Elective 4 3
Philosophy Elective 4 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
LAW 7021 Criminal Law 5 4
LAW 7042 Torts 5 4
LAW 7418 Legislation and Regulation 5 3
LAW 7001 Analysis, Research, and Writing I 6 3
Law Elective 7 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
LAW 7005 Civil Procedure 5 4
LAW 7017 Contracts 5 4
LAW 7032 Property 5 4
LAW 7002 Analysis, Research, and Writing II 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fifth Year
Fall
LAW 7056 Business Associations I 3
LAW 7065 Criminal Procedure 3
Oral Skills 8 3
Law Elective 7 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
LAW 7076 Wills and Estates 3
LAW 7080 Evidence 4
LAW 7091 Professional Responsibility 3
Law Elective 7 5
 Semester Credit Hours15
Sixth Year
Fall
LARW III 9 2
Law Elective 7 13
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Law Elective 7 15
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours192

The program includes a total of 210 hours which up to 18 hours may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and the Juris Doctor degrees.