Jun 22, 2024  
2023 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) 
2023 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Philosophy (B.A.) - Hegis Code 1509.00

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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

Core/General Education: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

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


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