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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.

Department

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements: 38-41 sem.

  • For a complete list of general education courses click here​. For additional information on general education requirements click here.
  • Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Foreign Language Requirement: 6 sem.

  • For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click here.

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • All courses that meet this requirement can be found here.

Core Requirements 12 sem. hrs

  • All must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
  • PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs
  • PHIL 202 Asian Philosophy and Religion* or 3 hrs
  • RELI 202 Asian Philosophy and Religion* 3 hrs
  • PHIL 210 Logic and Critical Thinking 3 hrs
  • PHIL 490 Thematic Seminar in Philosophy 3 hrs

Electives 27 sem. hrs

  • Twenty-seven hours selected from the following courses:
  • HIST 303 History and Philosophy of Modern Science or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 303 History and Philosophy of Modern Science 3 hrs
  • PHIL 310 Symbolic Logic 3 hrs
  • PHIL 321 Ancient Philosophy 3 hrs
  • PHIL 322 Modern Philosophy 3 hrs
  • PHIL 323 Marx and Marxism 3 hrs
  • ENVS 332 Environmental Ethics or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 332 Environmnetal Ethics 3 hrs
  • PHIL 333 Topics 3 hrs
  • HIST 340 Philosophy of Revolution or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 340 Philosophy of Revolution 3 hrs
  • PHIL 350 Philosophy of Religion or 3 hrs
  • RELI 350 Philosophy of Religion 3 hrs
  • PHIL 358 Existentialism 3 hrs
  • PHIL 390 The Buddha and Buddhism or 3 hrs
  • RELI 390 The Buddha and Buddhism 3 hrs
  • PHIL 401 Significant Philosophers 3 hrs
  • PHIL 402 Classical Political Philosophy or 3 hrs
  • POSC 402 Classical Political Philosophy 3 hrs
  • PHIL 403 Modern Political Philosophy or 3 hrs
  • POSC 403 Modern Political Philosophy 3 hrs
  • PHIL 430 Philosophy of Law 3 hrs
  • PHIL 460 Biomedical Ethics 3 hrs

Electives 31-34 sem. hrs

Total Semester Hours: 120 sem. hrs

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