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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Philosophy is the creative and critical reflection on enduring questions concerning the nature of the world and our place in it. For example, philosophy asks metaphysical questions about what exists, epistemic questions about what we can claim to know, and ethical questions about the nature of the good life and right action. In addition, philosophy involves the study and practice of good reasoning and clear thinking, skills that are essential to any discipline or profession.

Admission Requirements

Complete 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 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
Mastery Courses
PHIL A423Advanced Ethical Theory3
PHIL A490Topics in Contemporary Philosophy3
Complete 9 additional upper-division credits from the department's course offerings. 9

Occasionally, other departments offer courses that are notably relevant for a student's academic focus. Students wishing to count such a course toward their philosophy degree must first consult with the Philosophy Department chair.

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 cumulative 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.