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Paralegal Studies, B.S.

General Education Curriculum (36)

For the full General Education Curriculum Policy and Requirements, refer to the GEC listed in this catalog.

MAT 1302 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Some courses listed in program “Major Requirements” or “Required Related Courses” (noted with an asterisk [*]) may be used to meet requirements in the GEC. Although these courses fulfill requirements in each area, credit hours for these courses, if taken for the GEC, may only be counted in the GEC.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.

Language Literacy (12)

English

ENG 1301 Composition I 3 Credits
ENG 1302 Composition II 3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 Credits
ENG 2326 Exploring American Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2327 Exploring World Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2328 Exploring British Lit 3 Credits

Speech (3)

 
SPC 1301 Fund of Speech 3 Credits

Analytic Literacy (7)

 

Mathematics (3)

MAT 1302, MAT 1304 (if allowable by major), or any math course with MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 or higher as a prerequisite.

Note: MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Arts and Sciences except for the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Education. MAT 1304 is not acceptable for any program in the School of Business and Professional Programs.

Science (4)

Choose 1 of the following courses with accompanying lab:

BIO 1403 Fundamentals of Science 4 Credits
BIO 1406 Contemporary Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1407 Animal Life 4 Credits
BIO 1408 Plants & Human Affairs 4 Credits
BIO 1409 Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics 4 Credits
BIO 1410 Introduction to Biology I 4 Credits
BIO 1413 Local Spring Flora 4 Credits
BIO 1414 Cats, Chromosomes & Codons 4 Credits
BIO 1415 Exploring Human Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1420 Introduction to Biology II 4 Credits
BIO 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits
BIO 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Credits
CHE 1403 Nature of Physical Science 4 Credits
CHE 1404 Physical Science & Environment 4 Credits
CHE 1405 Forensic Science I 4 Credits
CHE 1415 General Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHE 1416 General Chemistry II 4 Credits
CHE 1418 Chemistry in Context 4 Credits
NSC 1402 Introductory Astronomy 4 Credits
PHY 1401 University Physics I 4 Credits
PHY 1402 University Physics II 4 Credits
PHY 1410 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324 Fundamentals of Modern American History 3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:

FAR, MUS, or THA

Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311 Introduction to Jewish Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1312 Introduction to Christian Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1313 Introduction to Ethics 3 Credits
REL 1321 Introduction to Comparative Religions 3 Credits
REL 1323 Introduction to Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220 Basic Concepts of Wellness 2 Credits

Choose any two of the following courses with at least two different academic areas represented:

BUA 1301 Introduction to Business 3 Credits
ECO 2305 Principles of Economics I 3 Credits
FIN 1325 Personal Finance 3 Credits
GEG 2304 World Geography 3 Credits
GEG 2305 Human Geography 3 Credits
HUM 2340 The Human Experience I 3 Credits
HUM 2341 The Human Prospect 3 Credits
IST 2300 Introduction to International Studies 3 Credits
MCO 1302 Mass Media & Society 3 Credits
POL 2311 American Government I 3 Credits
PSY 1301 General Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 2342 Psychology of Everyday Life 3 Credits
SSC 2360 Social Justice 3 Credits
SOC 1302 Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits
SOC 2301 Intro to Sociology 3 Credits
SOC 2302 Social Problems 3 Credits
SOC 2390 Minority Groups 3 Credits
WSP 2304 Hon Sem Social Literacy 3 Credits
WSP 2340 Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative 3 Credits

Major Requirements

Philosophy

PHI 2301 Logic 3 Credits

PHI 2301* may be used to satisfy the GEC.

Paralegal Studies

PLS 3310 Law Off Mgt & Comput 3 Credits
PLS 3320 Legal Ethics 3 Credits
PLS 4307 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3 Credits
PLS 4324 Trial Advocacy and Trial Preparation 3 Credits
PLS 4342 Advanced Legal Res & Writing 3 Credits

and any FOUR of the following courses:

Business Administration

BUA 3311 Business Law I 3 Credits
BUA 3312 Business Law II 3 Credits

Criminal Justice

CRJ 3319 Crim Law & Justice 3 Credits

Mass Communication

MCO 4301 Communication Laws & Ethics 3 Credits

Paralegal Studies

PLS 3319 Criminal Law & Justice 3 Credits
PLS 3326 Family Law and the State 3 Credits
PLS 4301 Real Estate Law 3 Credits
PLS 4303 Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy 3 Credits
PLS 4305 Intellectual Property 3 Credits
PLS 4306 Administrative Law 3 Credits
PLS 4321 International Law 3 Credits
PLS 4399 Special Topics 3 Credits

Political Science

POL 2314 Judicial Process 3 Credits
POL 3310 Civil Rights: Law and Society 3 Credits
POL 3318 Legislative Process 3 Credits
POL 3319 Criminal Law & Justice 3 Credits
POL 3322 American Constitutional Law I 3 Credits
POL 3323 American Constitutional Law II 3 Credits
POL 4321 International Law 3 Credits
and the following courses from Tarrant County College or their equivalent:
LGLA 1307 Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession

LGLA 1345 Civil Litigation

LGLA 1353 Wills, Trusts and Probate Administration

LGLA 1303 Legal Research

LGLA 1305 Legal Writing

LGLA 1355 Family Law

LGLA 2303 Torts and Personal Injury Law

LGLA 2380 Cooperative Education

Electives

Electives will be required if the student has not met a minimum of 120 hours in the program.

Total Hours (120)