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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, B.A.

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Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

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

General Requirements (Core Areas A - E) Credit Hours: 42

Additional Requirements Credit Hours: 4

Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major Credit Hours: 18

Major Requirements Credit Hours: 24

History of Philosophy Requirement Credit Hours: 9

Additional Major Courses Credit Hours: 9-12

Electives Credit Hours: 21

2 (See footnote below)

  • Select 21 credit hours of Electives which may include additional Philosophy courses

Minor - Required Credit Hours: 15

2 (See footnote below)

  • Select 15 credit hours of Minor (Must be approved by advisor)

Total Credit Hours: 124

1 Three credit hours of an appropriate upper division course in another field may be substituted to count toward the major with permission of the Chair.

2 At least 15 credit hours of the elective or minor credits must be at the 3000 level or higher, so that the student will graduate with 39 upper division credits. If PHIL 2020 - Critical Thinking (3 Credit Hours)  is used in the major, then 18 credit hours of elective or minor credits at the 3000 level or higher would be required.

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 Honors College;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors HONS 4610  over three semesters
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the Honors College at the time of graduation.

Students completing the Honors Requirements in Philosophy will count the three credit hours of the HONS 4610 - Honors Research Seminar (1-3 Credit Hours)  toward their general electives, which means that they will have a total of 18 credit hours for other general elective courses rather than 21 credit hours.


Undergraduate Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least once a semester. For more information visit the Academic Advisement  catalog page.

Areas of Concentration

Students may complete Philosophy, B.A. with the following areas of focus in place of the general degree:

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