Philosophy (BA)


College of Arts & Sciences/Philosophy Department

Program Description

This emphasis provides solid undergraduate background in areas of general philosophical concern, preparing the student for graduate work in philosophy as well as continued education in other fields.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should:

  • Understand philosophical concepts, ideas, and arguments;
  • Be able to critically analyze arguments and assumptions, as well as to provide evidence for claims;
  • Be able to examine and apply philosophical ideas to concrete situations and current problems, from both individual and social perspectives.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 36 required credit hours
  •  3 international language credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

Students will complete 36 credit hours as specified below with a grade of C or better.

  • PHIL 2010Informal Logic (3 hours)
    -OR- PHIL 2020 Formal Logic(3 hours)
  • PHIL 2300 Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2510 Philosophic Classics: Ancient Greece and Rome (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2520 Philosophic Classics: Early Modern Europe (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3300 Epistemology (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3350 Philosophical Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 4050 Topics in the History of Philosophy (3 hours)
  • PHIL 4600 Overview (3 hours)
  • PHIL electives on the 2000 level (3 hours)
  • PHIL electives on the 3000 or 4000 level (9 hours)

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College of Arts & Sciences International Language Requirement

A minimum of three hours in a non-native language is required in addition to the requirements for the major. Courses used towards the International Language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language.

Transfer students who have completed their 3 credits at an institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled the requirement, as are students who have scored a "3" or higher on an Advanced Placement exam in a non-native language.

For students whose native language is not English, a passing grade on the TOEFL will count as their foreign language requirement. Students who are from bilingual families but have no evidence of academic study of the second language on a transcript will need to take one course.

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