BA in Philosophy
Degree Program Description
Philosophy is the search for reasoned answers to certain fundamental questions about the nature of the universe and the place of humans in it, questions that science seems unable to answer. To do philosophy is to construct and evaluate the best arguments for and against the various answers to the questions that philosophy seeks to answer. The Bachelor of Arts is broader in scope than the Bachelor of Science, and is the better choice for most students. The practical value of studying philosophy lies in the intellectual training that it provides. Successful study of philosophy requires, and helps develop, several intellectual abilities: the ability to grasp the big picture as well as fine details; the ability to think, speak, and write about highly abstract and conceptually demanding questions; the ability to identify key assumptions made in arguments; the ability to make relevant conceptual distinctions; and, the ability to assess the pros and cons of proposed solutions. These abilities are highly prized in a wide variety of careers, and philosophy majors go on to successful careers is a wide range of fields, including law, medicine, and business.
Major Program Requirements
Undergraduates pursuing a BA degree in philosophy must meet all the non-philosophy requirements for a BA degree in the College of Arts and Science, including university general education requirements. In addition, they are recommended, but not required, to pursue a minor in another field. Finally, they must earn 30 credits in philosophy, with a grade of "C-" or above in every course, distributed as follows:
|Required Courses: Twelve Credits||12|
|Ancient Western Philosophy|
|Senior Seminar in Philosophy|
|At Least Three Of The Following Courses: Nine Credits||9|
|Philosophy of Language|
|Selected Topics in Logic|
|Probability and Induction|
|Philosophy of Mind|
|Philosophy of Religion|
|Philosophy of Science|
|Philosophy of Biology|
|Theories of Ethics|
|Political and Social Philosophy|
|Philosophy of Law|
|Philosophy Electives: Nine Credits||9|
Any nine philosophy credits, but no more than three 1000-level philosophy courses may be used as philosophy electives.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary, depending on his or her course choices and whether options are available.
|ENGLSH 1000||3||Philosophy elective (e.g., 1000, 1100, or 1200)||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts course||3||Foreign Language||5|
|Social Science||3||MATH 1100||3|
|Foreign Language||5||General elective||3|
|Philosophy elective||3||PHIL 2700||3|
|Foreign Language||3||Humanities/Fine Arts (Writing Intensive)||3|
|Behavioral Science||3||Behavioral Science||3|
|Social Science||3||Social Science||3|
|Natural Science||3||Natural Science||3|
|PHIL 3000||3||PHIL 3200||3|
|General elective||3||Philosophy elective||3|
|Course in the minor||3||Course in the minor||3|
|Natural Science course with lab||4||Humanities/Fine Arts course||3|
|General elective||3||General elective||3|
|Philosophy course, 4000-level||3||PHIL 4950||3|
|Philosophy course, 4000-level||3||Philosophy course, 4000-level||3|
|Course in minor||3||Course in minor||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts course||3||Course in minor||3|
|General Elective||4||General elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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