Philosophy B.A.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Foreign Language - through 20020-6
PHIL   2010Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL   2020Critical Thinking3
PHIL   2030Introduction to Ethics3
Select 3-9 credit hours from the following:3-9
Introduction to Anthropology
Art History I
Art History II
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Environmental Biology
and Environmental Biology Laboratory
World Literature I
World Literature II
World History I: Development of World Civilization
Introduction to International Studies
Introduction to Physics I
How Things Work
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Religion
Introduction to Sociology
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Major Requirements
Specific Requirements:
PHIL   3431Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL   3432Modern Philosophy3
Select eight of the following:24
Selected Topics in Philosophy
World Religions
Modern Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Art
Contemporary Moral Problems
Environmental Ethics
Nineteenth Century European Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy
Theory of Knowledge
Feminist Philosophy
Introduction to Formal Logic
The Irish Philosophical Tradition
Focus on the Philosopher
Philosophy of Emotions
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy in Film
Philosophy of Religion
Selected Topics in Philosophy
Select 15 credit hours of Electives15
Minor - Required
Select 15 credit hours of Minor (Must be approved by advisor)15
Total Credit Hours126

Program Admission Criteria

  • Majors must acquire from their advisors a copy of “Requirements for the Major in Philosophy.”

Other Program Requirements

  • Must have earned a minimum grade of “C” in each of the required courses in Philosophy upper division.

Honors in Philosophy

To graduate with Honors in Philosophy, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (UHON   4191) over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


All Philosophy majors, including students in the UHP, are advised by an advisor in the Newton Building, (912) 478-0233.