Philosophy teaches analytical and critical thinking, develops oral and written communication skills, and contributes to interdisciplinary understanding. Philosophy as a discipline attempts to answer perennial questions about values, human existence, and the nature of reality. Skills developed in this inquiry help philosophy students to excel in careers in law, medicine, management, education, government, writing, computer science, psychology, sociology, and ministry among many others. Philosophy majors consistently score in the top percentiles for all majors on the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT and other graduate and professional admissions tests.
Philosophy Bachelor of Arts, BA Learning Outcomes, Philosophy
The bachelor of arts degree in philosophy requires 30 semester hours with grades of C or above; a maximum of 54 hours can be applied to the degree. At least 21 out of the 30 hours must be upper division courses. The philosophy minor requires 18 hours of course work. The philosophy major may choose either the general requirements or the student may specialize in one of four optional programs.
|1. One course in Logic selected from:||
|2. One course in Social and Political Philosophy/Ethics selected from:||
|3. One course in Metaphysics, Ontology, Epistemology, or Philosophy of Science:||
|4. Three courses in the History of Philosophy, from three different eras:||
|5. Senior Seminar and Thesis||
The department offers options in areas of philosophy that focus on particular fields of study. Students completing the requirements in any of the options will receive a certificate from the department indicating that they have a major in philosophy with competence in a particular area. To quality for an option, the student must fulfill the requirements for the major including at least 30 hours of course work, 9 hours of which must be in the option area.
|1. Religion and Classics||
|2. Justice and Global Society (International Studies)||
|3. Cognition, Science, Phenomenology, and Linguistics||
|4. Culture and Aesthetics: East and West||
The department offers minors in areas of philosophy that complement various major fields. Minors require 18 hours of course work, including PHIL 112 and one course in the History of Philosophy. A minimum of 9 hours of upper-division courses as part of the major is required.
Philosophy Double Majors
Adding a philosophy major to one's major in another discipline, thereby creating a double major, is an option for students who wish to obtain a broader perspective in their discipline for post-graduate work. All requirements for the philosophy major apply to double majors. Students may have two different majors in two different colleges or in the same college.