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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The academic study of philosophy has been traditionally an essential part of the liberal arts. The study of philosophy seeks to develop the intellectual abilities important for life as a whole. Properly pursued, philosophy enhances analytical, critical and interpretive capacities that may be applied to any academic field. Philosophy is as old as human civilization, asking the most general and profound questions; philosophy begins in wonder and, at its best, seeks the path to wisdom. The major seeks to develop the individual’s abilities to critically examine, analyze and appreciate these traditions and ideas - and, in the process, build personal self-expression, creativity and an appetite for lifelong learning.

Mission and Goals
  1. Students will develop intellectual abilities important for life as a whole. Examples: the study of logic, critical examination of ethics, the study of scientific thought.
  2. Students will be prepared for the tasks of citizenship. Example: participation in democracy requires a citizen be sufficiently informed, have knowledge of political philosophy, and be aware of manipulation and demogoguery.
  3. Students will develop analytical skills and problem solving abilities. Example: philosophy courses require analysis and reflection on complex issues and texts.
  4. Students will develop writing and verbal skills. Example: every course demands cogent logical and creative responses to issues raised in debate, responses that eschew ill-informed and uncritical (often emotional) arguments.
  5. In a global world and economy, students need to clearly understand diverse assumptions and ways of thinking. Examples: students will read and analyze basic philosophical texts and practices of the world.
  6. Students will be acquainted with the basic methodologies employed in the study of philosophy. Example: courses require research and the practice of such methodologies.
  7. A good education in philosophy enhances the individual's ability to construct a personal and well thought-out value system. Example: examining past philosophies, the student will become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and how and why many fail in practice.


History, Philosophy, Political Science and Criminal Justice Department

Degree requirements

The Columbia College Catalog outlines the courses you will need to take to complete your degree program. This includes required courses in your major and general education requirements, as well as elective classes you will select.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree is available and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.

Please note this degree program may not be able to be completed fully in-seat. A combination of in-seat and online coursework may be required.


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