Philosophy, BA

The Philosophy major provides students with skills that will enhance their performance whatever their courses of study or career aims. The hallmark of philosophy is the attempt to think with rigor, clarity, and creativity about difficult and enduring questions: Who am I? What can I know? How should I act? In coming to understand and think philosophically about such questions, students learn to think more clearly and deeply about any question, enabling them to do whatever they choose to do, only better. Graduates often pursue careers in law, management, politics, business, social work, marketing, art, journalism, education, public administration, and religion. For those interested in advanced study, philosophy graduates are among the top scorers on graduate and professional admission exams (SAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT).

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the Philosophy degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
PHIL 2010Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2030Ethics/History/Cntmpry Persp3
PHIL 2040Intro to Aesthetics3
Choose three 1000- or 2000-level classes from courses with the following designations: AFAM, ART, BIOL, CHEM, CMS, COMM, CRJU, ECON, EDUC, ENGL, FREN, HIST, HUMN, INTL, JOUR, MATH, MUSC, PARA, PHIL, PHYS, POLS, PSYC, SOSC, SOCI, SPAN, THEA, or WST9
Upper Division Core Requirements12
PHIL 3200Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 3400Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 3600Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 3800Contemporary Philosophy3
Upper Division Philosophy Electives9
Select 3 courses from among the following:
Philosophy of Religion
Special Topics in Philosophy
Directed Study (special permission is required)
Upper Division Related Electives39-48
Choose 13-16 courses with the following designations: AFAM, ART, BIOL, CHEM, CMS, COMM, CRJU, ECON, EDUC, ENGL, FREN, HIST, HUMN, INTL, JOUR, MATH, MUSC, PARA, PHIL, PHYS, POLS, PSYC, SOSC, SOCI, SPAN, THEA, or WST. 139-48
This category may be partially satisfied by completion of one of the following options:
Total Credit Hours120

Option Requirements

Law Concentration Option

Choose four from the following:12
Intermediate Business Law
Criminology
Race and Crime
Survey-Criminal Law/Procedures
Constitutional Law
Criminal Justice Ethics
Comparative Criminal Justice
Judicial Process
Civil Liberties
Environmental History
Legal Issues in Health Care
PARA designated approved courses
Political Philosophy
Political Thought
African Amer Political Thought
Constitutional Law I: Institut
Equal Rights in America
Total Credit Hours12

Ethics Concentration Option

Choose four from the following:12
Black Feminist/Womanist Theory
Intercultural Communication
Criminal Justice Ethics
Multicultural Literature
African American Hist. to 1877
African Am. Hist. since 1877
Women's History
Environmental History
History of World Religions
Ethical Issues in Health Care
Social Psychology
Multi-cultural Psychology
Ethics & Professional Issues
Psychology of Gender
Death and Dying
Race and Ethnicity
Soc Inequality& Stratification
Sociology of Religion
U.S. Women of Color
Feminist Theory
Total Credit Hours12

Option for Minor in Separate Discipline 

Choose 15-21 credit hours specified by minor program.