General Requirements

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

  • Be able to display capacities for and skills in critical thinking
  • Be able to write clear, logical, and grammatically correct philosophical arguments
  • Be able orally to express clear, logical, and grammatically correct philosophical arguments
  • Be able to display detailed knowledge of the current literature or historical background of a philosophical problem
  • Be able to demonstrate research skills in locating and using resources and extending inquiry on philosophical questions

General Requirements
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.

Required Courses for the Philosophy Major

1. One course in Logic selected from:
  • Phil. 1120 – Critical Thinking
  • Phil. 3420 – Symbolic Logic I
  • Phil. 4420 – Symbolic Logic II
2. One course in Social and Political Philosophy/Ethics selected from:
  • Phil. 3130 – Health Care Ethics
  • Phil. 3160 – Death and Dying
  • Phil. 3180 – Practical Ethics
  • Phil. 3200 – Politics and the Law
  • Phil. 3230 – Gender, Race and Sexuality
  • Phil. 3240 – Philosophy of War, Conflict Resolution, and Peace
  • Phil. 3400 – Holocaust
  • Phil. 3600 – Philosophy of Religion
  • Phil. 3730 – Philosophy and Literature
  • Phil. 4140 – Philosophy, Globalization, and Sustainability
  • Phil. 4150 – Ethics
  • Phil. 4160 – Business and Management Ethics
  • Phil. 4250 – Selected Topics in Social Theory
  • Phil. 4260 – Philosophy of Law
  • Phil. 4550 – Feminism, Sexuality, and Culture
3. One course in Metaphysics, Ontology, Epistemology, or Philosophy of Science:
  • Phil. 3170 – Theories of Knowledge
  • Phil. 3300 – Philosophy of Mind
  • Phil. 3330 – Emotion and Cognition
  • Phil. 3340 – Love and Hatred
  • Phil. 3350 – Metaphysics
  • Phil. 3390 – Philosophy of Psychology
  • Phil. 3700 – The Arts
  • Phil. 4040 – Phenomenology
  • Phil. 4060 – Mid 20th Century European Philosophy
  • Phil. 4070 – Existentialism
  • Phil. 4080 – Postmodernism
  • Phil. 4100 – American Pragmatism
  • Phil. 4200 – Consciousness
  • Phil. 4350 – Analytic Philosophy
  • Phil. 4400 – Philosophy of Science
  • Phil. 4410 – Philosophy of Biology
  • Phil. 4460 – Theories of Human Nature
4. Three courses in the History of Philosophy, from three different eras:
  • Area 1: Asian Philosophy
  • Phil. 3090 – Philosophies of Asia
  • Phil. 3480 – Philosophies of India
  • Phil. 3490 – Philosophies of China
  • Phil. 3500 – Buddhist Philosophy
  • Area 2: Ancient to Renaissance Philosophy
  • Phil. 3510 – Presocratic Philosophy
  • Phil. 3520 – Plato
  • Phil. 3530 – Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Phil. 3540 – Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
  • Phil. 3550 – Aristotle
  • Area 3: Modern and 19th Century Philosophy
  • Phil. 3560 – Modern Classical
  • Phil. 3570 – Kant and the Enlightenment
  • Phil. 3580 – From Hegel to Nietzsche
  • Area 4: Contemporary Philosophy
  • Phil. 3400 – Holocaust
  • Phil. 4040 – Phenomenology
  • Phil. 4060 – Mid 20th Century European Philosophy
  • Phil. 4080 – Postmodernism
  • Phil. 4100 – American Pragmatism
  • Phil. 4350 – Analytic Philosophy
5. Senior Seminar and Thesis
  • Phil. 4950 – Senior Seminar and Thesis

 

 

Philosophy Major Options

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
  • Phil. 1050 – Philosophy and Religion
  • Phil. 1100 - Introduction to Religion
  • Phil. 1300 - Introduction to Philosophies of Asia
  • Phil. 3080 – Religion and Consumer Culture
  • Phil. 3100 – World Religions
  • Phil. 3110 – Women and Religion
  • Phil. 3120 – Greek and Roman Mythology
  • Phil. 3140 – Women in Classical Antiquity
  • Phil. 3160 – Philosophical Issues in Death and Dying
  • Phil. 3400 – Holocaust
  • Phil. 3480 – Philosophies of India
  • Phil. 3490 – Philosophies of China
  • Phil. 3500 – Buddhist Philosophy
  • Phil. 3510 – Presocratic Philosophy
  • Phil. 3520 – Plato
  • Phil. 3530 – Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Phil. 3540 – Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
  • Phil. 3550 – Aristotle
  • Phil. 3600 – Philosophy of Religion
  • Phil. 3610 – Hebrew Bible and Its Social Context
  • Phil. 3620 – New Testament and Its Social Contexts
  • Phil. 3630 – Race and Gender in Biblical Literature
2. Justice and Global Society (International Studies)
  • Phil. 1020 – Introduction to Ethics
  • Phil. 1040 – The Individual and Society
  • Phil. 1150 – What is Justice?
  • Phil. 1200 – Sports Ethics
  • Phil. 1310 – Women and Science
  • Phil. 1400 – Introduction to Environmental Ethics
  • Phil. 3090 – Philosophies of Asia
  • Phil. 3130 – Health Care Ethics
  • Phil. 3180 – Practical Ethics
  • Phil. 3200 – Politics and the Law
  • Phil. 3230 – Gender, Race, and Sexuality
  • Phil. 3240 – Philosophy of War and Terrorism
  • Phil. 3400 – Holocaust
  • Phil. 3480 – Philosophies of India
  • Phil. 3490 – Philosophies of China
  • Phil. 3500 – Buddhist Philosophy
  • Phil. 3560 – Modern Classical Philosophy
  • Phil. 3570 – Kant and the Enlightenment
  • Phil. 4140 – Philosophy, Globalization, and Sustainability
  • Phil. 4150 – Ethics
  • Phil. 4170 – Health Care Ethics
  • Phil. 4250 – Topics in Social Theory
  • Phil. 4260 – Philosophy of Law
  • Phil. 4550 – Feminism, Sexuality and Culture
3. Cognition, Science, Phenomenology, and Linguistics
  • Phil. 1120 – Critical Thinking
  • Phil. 1310 – Women and Science
  • Phil. 3170 – Theories of Knowledge
  • Phil. 3300 – Philosophy of Mind
  • Phil. 3330 – Emotion and Cognition
  • Phil. 3340 – Love and Hatred
  • Phil. 3390 – Philosophy of Psychology
  • Phil. 3440 – Symbolic Logic I
  • Phil. 3350 – Mathematical Logic
  • Phil. 4040 – Phenomenology
  • Phil. 4200 – Consciousness
  • Phil. 4350 – Analytic Philosophy
  • Phil. 4400 – Philosophy of Science
  • Phil. 4410 – Philosophy of Biology
  • Phil. 4420 – Symbolic Logic II
  • Phil. 4430 – Logical Theory
  • Phil. 4440 – Decision and Game Theory
  • Phil. 4490 – Philosophy of Language
4. Culture and Aesthetics: East and West
  • Phil. 1040 – The Individual and Society
  • Phil. 1050 – Philosophy and Religion
  • Phil. 1100 – Introduction to Religion
  • Phil. 3100 – World Religions
  • Phil. 3110 – Women and Religion
  • Phil. 3230 – Gender, Race, and Sexuality
  • Phil. 3240 – Philosophy of War and Terrorism
  • Phil. 3340 – Love and Hatred
  • Phil. 3400 – Holocaust
  • Phil. 3580 – From Hegel to Nietzsche
  • Phil. 3700 – The Arts
  • Phil. 3730 – Philosophy and Literature
  • Phil. 3480 – History of Philosophy: Philosophies of India
  • Phil. 3490 – History of Philosophy: Philosophies of China
  • Phil. 3500 – Buddhist Philosophy
  • Phil. 3600 – Philosophy of Religion
  • Phil. 3610 – The Hebrew Bible and its Social Context
  • Phil. 3620 – The New Testament and its Social Context
  • Phil. 3630 – Gender and Race in Biblical Literature
  • Phil. 4040 – Phenomenology
  • Phil. 4060 – Mid 20th Century European Philosophy
  • Phil. 4070 – Existentialism
  • Phil. 4080 – Postmodernism
  • Phil. 4250 – Topics in Social Theory
  • Phil. 4550 – Feminism, Sexuality, and Culture
  • Phil. 4600 – Theory of Film

Philosophy Minors

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.