BA in Philosophy

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.  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, in accordance with the following rules1:

Required Courses12
Elementary Logic
Ancient Western Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Senior Seminar in Philosophy
At Least Three Of The Following Courses9
Philosophy of Language
Advanced Logic
Selected Topics in Logic
Probability and Induction
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Biology
Theories of Ethics
Political and Social Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy Electives: Nine Credits9
Total Credits30
  • No course can be used to fulfill more than one of the above requirements.
  • No more than two philosophy courses below the 2000-level can count toward the major.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
Introductory Philosophy course (e.g., 1000, 1100, or 1200)3Philosophy major course3
ENGLSH 10003Foreign Language5
Social Science3MATH 11003
Foreign Language5General elective3
 14 14
Second Year
PHIL 27003Course in minor3
Foreign Language 3Humanities/Fine Arts (Writing Intensive)3
Behavioral Science3Behavioral Science3
Social Science3Social Science3
Natural Science3Natural Science3
 15 15
Third Year
PHIL 30003PHIL 32003
Philosophy major course3Philosophy major course3
Course in the minor3Course in the minor3
Natural Science course with lab3Humanities/Fine Arts course3
General elective3General elective4
 15 16
Fourth Year
Philosophy major course3PHIL 49503
Philosophy major course3Course in minor3
Course in minor3Humanities/Fine Arts3
Humanities/Fine Arts course3General elective3
General Elective 4General elective 3
 16 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit


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