Jul 06, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, B.A.

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Philosophy encourages critical and systematic inquiry into fundamental questions of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, and the nature of reality, knowledge, and society. More than any other discipline, Philosophy explores the core issues of the Western intellectual tradition. With its emphasis on analytic precision and dialogical engagement, Philosophy is well positioned to help students develop their problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, communication, and other skills highly valued in the real world.

120 hours (minimum)

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the Major Requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree .

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity


III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations


VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

Suggested - one of the following:

X. Global Dynamics


UK Core hours: 30

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

College Requirements

  ^French or German is highly recommended to complete the College foreign language requirements. Ancient Greek is recommended if the student plans to concentrate on ancient philosophy. Latin is recommended if the student plans to concentrate on medieval philosophy.

I. Foreign Language: 0-14 ^

(placement exam recommended)

II. Disciplinary Requirements

a. Natural Science: 6

b. Social Science: 6

c. Humanities

(completed by Major Requirements)

III. Laboratory or Field Work: 1

IV. Electives: 6

College Requirement hours: 19-33

Premajor hours: 6

Major Requirements

Major Core Requirements

Major Core hours: 9

Other Course Work Required for the Major

From the Major Department:

Choose 15 hours of PHI 500+ level courses with at least one course from each group below Credit(s): 15

From Outside the Major Department

  • Choose 18 hours at the 200+ level; up to 4 hours may come from Philosophy courses Credit(s): 18

Other Major hours: 36


Choose electives to lead to the minimum total of 120 hours required for graduation

Subtotal: Electives: 9

Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120

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