Department of History and Philosophy

Programs / B.A. in Philosophy

The B.A. in Philosophy

The program of study in philosophy offers a Bachelor of Arts degree. All majors take several general requirements, including a foreign language through FL 2002 and a three-hour senior seminar. The program allows selection of one of three concentrations: Western Philosophy, Non-western Philosophy, and Ethics/Social and Political Philosophy. Philosophy majors are expected to demonstrate:

  • General knowledge of philosophical traditions and their social and historical contexts;
  • Knowledge of varied philosophical questions, problems, and issues; relevant social and historical contexts; and various methodological approaches to them;
  • Ability to conduct philosophical research;
  • Ability to read and think critically; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 Credit Hours

Lower Division Requirements (AREA F) - 18 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits

Upper Division Major Requirements - 30 Credit Hours

Must pass with a grade of "C" or better.

A. Common Requirements - (18 Credit Hours)
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PHIL 3200
    -or-
    PHIL 3210
    Asian Philosophy

    Latin American and Caribbean Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 3100
    -or-
    PHIL 3110
    Ethics

    Social and Political Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 3000
    Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 3010
    Modern Western Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4450
    Major Figures in Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4460
    Major Themes in Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4499
    Senior Seminar
    3
B. Concentrations - (9 Credit Hours)

Select one of the following concentrations.

1. Western Philosophy (select three of the following):
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PHIL 3020
    American Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 3030
    Existentialism
    3
  • PHIL 3130
    Feminist Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4000
    Nineteenth Century Western Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4010
    Contemporary Western Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4450
    Major Figures in Philosophy (appropriate to the track and approved by the student's advisor)
    3
  • PHIL 4460
    Major Themes in Philosophy (appropriate to the track and approved by the student's advisor)
    3
2. Non-Western Philosophy (select three of the following):
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PHIL 3200
    -or-
    PHIL 3210
    Asian Philosophy

    Latin American and Caribbean Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4200
    Indian Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4210
    Chinese Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4220
    Japanese Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4450
    Major Figures in Philosophy (appropriate to the track and approved by the student's advisor)
    3
  • PHIL 4460
    Major Themes in Philosophy (appropriate to the track and approved by the student's advisor)
    3
3. Ethics/Social & Political Philosophy (select three of the following):
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PHIL 3110
    Social and Political Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 3120
    Philosophies of Peace
    3
  • PHIL 3130
    Feminist Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 3210
    Latin American and Caribbean Philosophy
    3
  • PHIL 4450
    Major Figures in Philosophy (appropriate to the track and approved by the student's advisor)
    3
  • PHIL 4460
    Major Themes in Philosophy (appropriate to the track and approved by the student's advisor)
    3

General Electives - 15 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Upper division related studies.
C. One additional upper division philosophy course outside of concentration - (3 Credit Hours)

Free Electives - 15 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Any courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)