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Philosophy Degree Requirements

Major Requirements for a BA in Philosophy

In addition to meeting the course requirements for each respective major, all students must also fulfill the General Education requirements for the Undergraduate College. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy requires 120 credits.
 Students may apply 9 credits in their major towards General Education requirements.

Required Courses - 33 credits

  • PHI 0100 – Questions That Matter: An Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
  • PHI 0200 – History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval (3 credits)
  • PHI 0201 – History of Western Philosophy: Early Modern Thought (3 credits)
  • PHI 0230 – Logic: The Art of Reasoning (3 credits)
  • PHI 0360 – Ethical Theory (3 credits)
  • PHI 0420 – Senior Seminar (3 credits)
  • Five elective courses at the 200, 300, or 400-level (15 credits)

Elective Credits

The remaining credit hours are electives and can consist of Philosophy courses, but should not be limited to this particular discipline. Electives credits make up the remaining hours such that students graduate with 120 credits.

Elective Courses: 

  • PHI 0243 – Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHI 0245 – Journey to the East: Self, Knowledge, and Reality in Asian Thought
  • PHI 0260 – Philosophy and Feminism
  • PHI 0265 – Religion, Reason, and Humanity: An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI 0270 – Business Ethics
  • PHI 0271 – Leadership Ethics
  • PHI 0272 – Ethics and Social Values
  • PHI 0274 – Legal Ethics
  • PHI 0275 – Biomedical Ethics
  • PHI 0290 – Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 0305 – Philosophy Goes to the Movies: Thinking about Film
  • PHI 0335 – Existential Philosophy
  • PHI 0355 – Aesthetics: Thinking about Art and Beauty
  • PHI 0360 – Ethical Theory
  • PHI 370H – Honors Seminar: Socrates and the Examined Life

Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy - 18 credits

  • PHI 0100 Questions That Matter: An Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
  • PHI 0200 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval (3 credits)
  • PHI 0201 History of Philosophy: Early Modern Thought (3 credits)
  • PHI 0230 Logic: The Art of Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Two electives at the 200 or 300-level (6 credits)