Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfy the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  3. Complete the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  4. Complete the major requirements below.

Major Requirements

Core Courses
PHIL A101Introduction to Logic3
PHIL A201Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL A211Ancient and Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL A212Early Modern Philosophy3
PHIL A301Ethics3
PHIL A309Mind and Machines3
or PHIL A311 Truth and Reality
PHIL A350Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy3
or PHIL A406 Philosophy of Law
PHIL A423Advanced Ethical Theory3
PHIL A490Topics in Contemporary Philosophy3
Complete 9 upper-division credits from philosophy. Students may select one of the areas of emphasis listed below to fulfill this requirement.9
Total Credits36

Areas of Emphasis

Occasionally other departments offer courses that are notably relevant for an emphasis. Students wishing to count such courses toward an area of emphasis must file a petition for substitution with the Philosophy Department chair.

Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Business Ethics
Professional Ethics
Ethics, Community, and Society
World Philosophies and Religions
Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Eastern Philosophy and Religion
Western Religions
Philosophy of Religion
Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (with an appropriate subtitle)
Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Professional Ethics
Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (whichever was not taken as a core requirement)
Philosophy of Law
Constitutional Law

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division. 

Honors in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy recognizes exceptional undergraduate students by awarding them departmental honors in philosophy. Students majoring in any one of the Bachelor of Arts tracks in Philosophy are eligible to graduate with departmental honors upon satisfaction of all of the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
  2. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of 3.75 or above in courses specific to the philosophy major.
  4. Complete PHIL A498 with a grade of A, and a recommendation for departmental honors from the student’s faculty committee for this course.
  5. Notify the chair in writing on or before date on which the Application for Graduation is filed with the Office of the Registrar of the intention to graduate with departmental honors.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing a BA in Philosophy will be able to:

  • Identify, comprehend, analyze, and evaluate complex philosophical arguments in oral and written discourse.
  • Understand, analyze, interpret, and apply major works in the areas of the history of philosophy, ethics, and contemporary topics.