Philosophy B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 33

Required Cumulative GPA: 1.7

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog.

Summary

Philosophy Lower-Division Core12
Philosophy Upper-Division Core12
History
Value Theory
Continental Philosophy
Analytic Philosophy
Required Upper-Division Electives in Philosophy6
Senior Seminar3
Total Hours33

Philosophy Lower-Division Core

Note: The following courses also satisfy general education requirements:

  • PHL 210E fulfills the "Intermediate Writing" and "Ethics and Human Values" requirements.
  • PHL 261Y and PHL 262Y both fulfill the "Democracy and Citizenship" requirement.
Complete all of the following courses:
PHL 210EMoral Philosophy3
PHL 233Intro to Logic: Deduction3
PHL 261YHistory of Ancient Philosophy3
PHL 262YHistory of Modern Philosophy3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Philosophy Upper-Division Core

Rule: Complete four courses (12 credits) with one course (3 credits) in each of the following four core areas. 12 total credits required.

I. History

Note: Special Topics courses taught at the 400-level (PHL 491 may count as upper-division core courses provided that they have a suitable content (consult the department advisor).

Complete one of the following courses:3
PHL 462
Early Modern Philosophy
PHL 464
Kant
PHL 465
Plato
PHL 466
Aristotle
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

II. Value Theory

Note: Special Topics courses taught at the 400-level (PHL 491 ) may count as upper-division core courses provided that they have a suitable content (consult the department advisor).

Complete one of the following courses:3
PHL 412
Ethics and Public Affairs
PHL 422
Environmental Philosophy
PHL 427
Topics in Philosophy of Art
PHL 429
Philosophy in Literature
PHL 449
History of Moral and Political Philosophy
PHL 450
Contemporary Moral/Political Theory
PHL 455
Philosophy of Society and Culture
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

III. Continental Philosophy

Note: Special Topics courses taught at the 400-level (PHL 491) may count as upper-division core courses provided that they have a suitable content (consult the department advisor).

Complete one of the following courses:3
PHL 467
19th Century Continental Philosophy
PHL 468
20th Century Continental Philosophy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

IV. Analytic Philosophy

Note: Special Topics courses taught at the 400-level (PHL 491) may count as upper-division core courses provided that they have a suitable content (consult the department advisor).

Select one of the following:3
PHL 403
Early Wittgenstein
PHL 404
Later Wittgenstein
PHL 407
Epistemology
PHL 408
Philosophy of Mind
PHL 445
Central Issues in Philosophy of Science
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Upper-Division Electives in Philosophy

Note: Any course taken to fulfill an Upper-Division Core area requirement cannot also count as an Upper-Division Elective. Internships (PHL 398 and PHL 498) cannot satisfy both upper-division electives.

Complete two of the following courses:6
PHL 311
The Good, Right, Beautiful
PHL 316
Historical Figures in Phil
PHL 317E
Law and Morality
PHL 321E
Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics
PHL 323
Ethics of Climate Change
PHL 351
Philosophy and Feminism
PHL 363H
Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
PHL 390
Research
PHL 391
Special Topics
PHL 392
Independent Study
PHL 394
Seminar
PHL 398
Internship
PHL 403
Early Wittgenstein
PHL 404
Later Wittgenstein
PHL 407
Epistemology
PHL 408
Philosophy of Mind
PHL 412
Ethics and Public Affairs
PHL 422
Environmental Philosophy
PHL 427
Topics in Philosophy of Art
PHL 429
Philosophy in Literature
PHL 445
Central Issues in Philosophy of Science
PHL 449
History of Moral and Political Philosophy
PHL 450
Contemporary Moral/Political Theory
PHL 455
Philosophy of Society and Culture
PHL 462
Early Modern Philosophy
PHL 464
Kant
PHL 465
Plato
PHL 466
Aristotle
PHL 467
19th Century Continental Philosophy
PHL 468
20th Century Continental Philosophy
PHL 490
Research
PHL 491
Special Topics
PHL 492
Independent Study
PHL 494
Seminar
PHL 498
Internship
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Senior Seminar

Note: PHL 499 fulfills the Advanced College Writing requirement.

Complete the following course:
PHL 499Senior Seminar (normally taken during the spring semester of senior year)3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Modern and Classical Language Requirement

Note: Students who major in philosophy must demonstrate second semester proficiency in a foreign language either by completing two semesters of one foreign language, with grades of C- (1.67) or better, or by receiving an equivalent score on a competence exam. Recommended languages for philosophy are Ancient Greek, Latin, French, and German.