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Regardless of academic major, students are required to take courses outside of their program of study for a well-rounded educational experience that promotes critical thinking and intellectual growth.

Students may choose a major from any one of our 20 departments and programs within the divisions of Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences. Each of our majors is designed to prepare students to take the next steps in meeting their professional goals.

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Howard BA/JD Program

The Howard University Bachelor of Arts to Juris Doctor program (BA/JD) is open to incoming students majoring in legal communications, political science, philosophy, English, criminology, sociology, or economics. The program allows students to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Communications and Juris Doctor at Howard Law School in six years, rather than the traditional seven years. 

Admitted students will complete 90 undergraduate credits in three years and begin law school in their fourth year. Students will be awarded a B.A. degree after completing their first 30 credits at Howard Law. Essentially, the first 30 credits of law school will count toward the B.A. degree and the J.D. degree. After completing 88 law school credits, students will be awarded a Juris Doctor. Students enrolled in the B.A.-J.D. program are not automatically admitted to Howard Law School. Students must apply and be accepted. However, the program is designed to help students successfully gain admissions. 

To this end, B.A.-J.D. students will be advised by the director of the BA/JD program and will have access to a law student mentor. BA/JD students will also participate in the Howard Pre-Law Summer Enrichment Program (PLSEP) where they will receive a free Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) course. Further, students will have access to enrichment activities throughout the academic year. 

Eligibility for the program will be based on high school GPA and chosen undergraduate major. Applications for the BA/JD program will be made available for eligible students in May of each academic year, after they have accepted the offer to attend Howard University.  

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