Jun 23, 2024  
2018 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) 
2018 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Philosophy (B.A.) - Hegis Code 1509

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

The Philosophy program will help students develop into critical, independent thinkers who will make positive contributions to their communities by using the information available to them to form good judgments. Because we now have unprecedented access to information, the department aims to equip students with the skills necessary to engage in a critical analysis and interpretation. Students should have thoroughly justified reasons for believing what they believe and be capable of critically engaging with others’ beliefs.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

Learning Objectives

Students who complete the B.A. will:

  • Be able to summarize, analyze, and formulate precise discursive arguments;
  • Demonstrate understanding of philosophical texts by restating views, identifying core claims, and drawing reasonable inferences;
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain, apply, and critically analyze basic philosophical concepts and/or historically significant perspectives;
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain, apply, and critically analyze the philosophical concepts that are used in advanced discussions within at least one subfield of philosophy (such as epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, or political or legal philosophy). 

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

12 Credit Hours

3 Credit Hours

6 Credit Hours

Metaphysics/Epistemology Component

One of the following:

3 Credit Hours

3 Credit Hours


The student must complete six electives courses in PHI to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for the degree, and at least 90 of the 120 required credit hours must be in the liberal arts and sciences.  Four PHI courses must be at 300 level or higher.

18 Credit Hours

45 Credit Hours

Program Credits

Core 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 45 Credits
College Electives 18 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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