BA in Philosophy

Major Program Requirements

Undergraduates pursuing a major 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, however, they must complete a non-philosophical minor that consists of at least 15 credits in a single department, including at least 6 credits at the 2000 level or above. Finally, they must earn 30 credits in philosophy, with a grade of "C-" or above in every course, in accordance with the following rules:

Major core requirements
History of Philosophy: two courses required
PHIL 3000Ancient Western Philosophy3
PHIL 3200Modern Philosophy3
Logic: one course required
PHIL 2700Elementary Logic3
Focus Area9
Three courses must be selected from one of the following focus areas:
A. Core Philosophy
Philosophy of Language
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Mind
Epistemology
Philosophy of Science
Theories of Ethics
Political and Social Philosophy
B. Knowledge, Language, and Reality:
Philosophy of Language
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Mind
Epistemology
C. Mind, Brain, and Language
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Epistemology
Philosophy of Biology
D. Ethics, Law Public Policy
Theories of Ethics
Political and Social Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
E. Logic and Decision
Advanced Logic
Selected Topics in Logic
Probability and Induction
F. Philosophy of Science
Probability and Induction
Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Science
Capstone experience3
Senior Seminar in Philosophy
Philosophy electives9
Total Credits30

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  1. No course can be used to fulfill more than one of the above requirements, AND
  2. 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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Composition3PHIL 24303
MATH 11003Foreign Language II5
Foreign Language I5Foundation Requirement Course3
PHIL 11003Foundation Requirement Course3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHIL 27003PHIL 30003
Foreign Language III3Foundation Requirement Course3
Foundation Requirement Course3Foundation Requirement Course3
Foundation Requirement Course3Foundation Requirement Course3
Foundation Requirement Course3Minor Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHIL 32003PHIL 45003
Foundation Requirement Course3Foundation Requirement Course3
Foundation Requirement Course3Minor Course3
Foundation Requirement Course3Elective Course3
Minor Course3Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHIL 42103PHIL 49503
PHIL 42003PHIL 43003
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Credits: 118

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Degree Audit


The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service,  then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.”  The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU.  For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org.  Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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