B.A. in Philosophy

At least two major courses must be at the 4000-level.
History of Philosophy
PHIL 3210Ancient And Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 3230Modern Philosophy3
Analytical Philosophy 1
Select at least one of the following:3
Symbolic Logic
Philosophy Of Language
Ethical and Political Theory
Select at least one of the following:3
Ethical Theory
Social And Political Philosophy (every year)
Diverse Philosophical Traditions 1
Select at least one of the following:3
Eastern Thought
Feminism And Philosophy: Love, Sex and Marriage
19th Century European Philosophy
Recent European Philosophy
American Philosophy
Additional Major Electives
Select 15 hours of major electives 115
Total Hours30

These courses should be selected in consultation with the Advisor. Majors planning to pursue graduate study in Philosophy are encouraged to take PHIL 3000, PHIL 3060, PHIL 3400 and PHIL 3750, as well as PHIL 3600 or 4000-level courses in these core areas of philosophy. Specialized programs of study can be designed for majors preparing for professional careers in law, medicine, or business. See the undergraduate advisor for details.

Below is a sample plan of study. Consult your degree audit for your program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
AR 1000 First Year Orientation 1
PHIL 2200 Introduction To Philosophy 3
ENGL 1110 College Composition I 3
Elementary Foreign Language I 4
MATH 1180 Reasoning With Mathematics 3
Second Term
PHIL 2400 Contemporary Moral Problems 3
ENGL 1130 College Composition II: Academic Disciplines And Discourse 3
Elementary Foreign Language II 4
HIST 1010-1200 Arts/Humanities Core (History) 3
Social Sciences Core 3
Third Term
PHIL 3210 Ancient And Medieval Philosophy 3
Arts/Humanities Core (Fine Arts) 3
Intermediate Foreign Language I or approved culture course 3
ENGL 2710-2800 Arts/Humanities Core (English Lit) 3
Natural Sciences Core 3
Fourth Term
PHIL 3230 Modern Philosophy 3
PHIL 3000
Symbolic Logic
or Philosophy Of Language
Intermediate Foreign Language II or approved culture course 3
Social Sciences Core 3
Related or Minor course 3
Fifth Term
PHIL Major Elective (Ethical or Social Political) 3
Diversity of US 3
Social Sciences Core 3
Natural Sciences Core 3
Natural Sciences Core (Lab) 1
Related or Minor course 3
Sixth Term
PHIL Major Elective (4000-level Seminar) 3
Natural Sciences Core 3
Related or Minor course 6
Elective 3
Seventh Term
PHIL Major Elective (4000-level Seminar) 3
PHIL Major Elective (Post-Kantian Philosophy) 3
Related or Minor course 3
Non-US Diversity 3
Elective 3
Eighth Term
PHIL 2000-PHIL4000Major Elective 3
Related or Minor course 3
Elective 8
 Total Hours120

Honors in Philosophy

  1. Admission: Junior and senior majors with an overall minimum GPA of 3.3 may work for the citation “honors in philosophy.”
  2. Requirements
    Upon graduation, the student shall have a 3.6 GPA in philosophy courses. The student shall complete a substantial term paper in each of two courses with two different philosophy faculty members.
    1. One paper shall be work completed for a regular 4000-level seminar.
    2. One paper shall be an honors thesis completed while registered for PHIL 4990 under the direction of a second faculty member.

Upon the recommendation of the two respective instructors and with the approval of a majority of the philosophy faculty, the student shall be awarded the citation “honors in philosophy.”  

  • PLO 1: Historical Engagement: Students will explain and analyze a variety of figures, concepts, and traditions in the history of philosophy.\\n
  • PLO 2: Analysis and Expression: Students will analyze and evaluate problems in accordance with disciplinary norms of clarity, interpretation, and argumentation; students will be able to present and explain both their own and others reasoning in written and oral formats.\\n
  • PLO 3: Critical Engagement: Students will explain and evaluate positions in relation to historical and intellectual context and assumptions.\\n
  • PLO 4: Formal Symbolic Systems: Students will recognize and apply relevant techniques of formal logic.\\n
  • PLO 5: Creative/Imaginative Thinking: Students will develop creative, original response to philosophical problems.