B.A. Degree in Philosophy {17-18}

B.A. Degree in Philosophy

To receive the B.A. Degree in Philosophy, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to read and understand standard philosophical texts.
  • Ability to write philosophical essays.
  • Ability to engage in philosophical discussion and make oral presentations of their research.
  • Know the views of major philosophers, know the primary issues in the major subject areas, and know both contemporary and non-mainstream approaches to philosophy.
  • Ability to evaluate and construct philosophical arguments.
  • Ability to engage in original philosophical research.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 16 credits )

PHIL 300 History of Ethics (3)
PHIL 303 Classical Philosophy (3)
PHIL 305 Modern Philosophy: 17th Century (3)
PHIL 306 Modern Philosophy: 18th Century (3)
PHIL 340 Symbolic Logic (3)
PHIL 492 Senior Project (1)

Restricted Electives ( 6 credits )

Students must take one course from a grouping of courses with a historical emphasis (Phil 304, 307, 309, 355, 490, and 492) and will need departmental approval for application of Phil 490 and/or Phil 492 to this category. Students must also take Phil 407 or 408.

PHIL 304 Medieval Philosophy (3) or
PHIL 307 19th Century Philosophy (3) or
PHIL 309 Continental Philosophy (3) or
PHIL 355 Existentialism (3) or
PHIL 490 Topics in Philosophy (1-4) or
PHIL 492 Major Philosophers (1-3)
PHIL 407 Theory of Knowledge (3) or
PHIL 408 Metaphysics (3)

Electives ( 14 credits ) Students will need to earn at least fourteen credits of electives in philosophy, eight of which must be at the 300 level or above.

Recommended Electives
There is no language requirement for the major in philosophy; however, students planning to do graduate work in philosophy should carefully consider the desirability of intensive work in one or more languages. German, French or Greek are typically most relevant to graduate work. Early consultation with a faculty advisor is recommended.