University Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Aug 19, 2019  
University Catalog 2018-2019

Philosophy, B.A.


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For a list of courses that satisfy core curriculum requirements, click here:  The Core Curriculum .

The requirements for a major in philosophy are: three courses in the history of philosophy (PHIL 2011 , PHIL 2021 , and PHIL 2031 ), one course in logic (PHIL 2040 ), one course in ethics (PHIL 2045 , PHIL 2400 , PHIL 2410 , PHIL 2270 , or PHIL 3400  ), a senior thesis, and five other three-hour courses in philosophy. Majors may take only one PHIL 1000-level course, including courses taken in fulfillment of the Examined Life area of the Core. Majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination, and regular attendance at all Philosophy departmental meetings is required. In order for a philosophy course to be counted for degree credit, a student must earn a “C” or better.

For those students who major in philosophy in preparation for graduate work in THEOLOGY, the course in Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 2270 ) is highly recommended.

For those students who are interested in LAW SCHOOL or are interested in learning more about the law, Philosophy of Law (PHIL 3260 ) is highly recommended.

For those students who are interested in PUBLIC POLICY or CIVIL SERVICE employment, the department offers great flexibility for pursuing a minor in Public Administration while at the same time enjoying 15 hours of free electives to help them improve their quantitative skills.

For those students interested in an MBA program (Master of Business Administration), the department offers courses for the development of a critical mind, problem solving skills, and a mature understanding of values. These students can minor in Business Administration and still take 15 hours of free electives to improve their quantitative skills.

Students interested in medical or dental school should begin work in the freshmen year on a chemistry minor and the other courses required by medical and dental schools.

Freshman Year


First Semester


Semester Hours: 16


Second Semester


Semester Hours: 15


Sophomore Year


Semester Hours: 15


Second Semester


Semester Hours: 15


Junior Year


Senior Year


First Semester


Semester Hours: 15


Second Semester


Semester Hours: 14


Summary: Program in Philosophy


Foundations: 13


Explorations: 21


  • African American Heritage and Legacies (3)
  • Creative Expression and Engagement (3)
  • Examined Life (3)
  • Faith and Society (3)
  • Human Behavior (3)
  • Human Past (3)
  • Scientific Reasoning (3)

Minor: 18


Free Electives: 28


Total Hours: 120


*Only one PHIL 1000-level course may be taken, including courses taken in fulfillment of the Examined Life area of the Core.

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