Philosophy, B.A.

Philosophy is an excellent foundation for work in law, business, teaching, communications, religious studies, public affairs, and more. In fact, philosophy majors have been shown to excel at standardized testing and thrive in the workplace. Hedge fund managers, CEOs, and tech start-up founders are among an impressive list of highly successful philosophy majors. Why is this?

• The study of philosophy is intellectually rigorous, which sharpens students’ minds and teaches them to engage systematically with problems large and small.

• Philosophy students learn the art of constructive debate, discussion and persuasion, in written and verbal forms. These skills serve them well in job interviews and competitive work environments.

• A solid foundation in ethics produces philosophy graduates who make careful decisions with concern for others.

Required
PHIL 102Critical Thinking3
PHIL 227Symbolic Logic3
PHIL 234Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 239On Evil3
Restricted Electives
History (take 1 course from the following):
PHIL 208Great Philosophers: Voices of Wisdom3
PHIL 303Existentialism and Phenomenology3
PHIL 314Great Philosophical Texts I3
Theoretical (take 1 course from the following):
PHIL 205Metaphysics: Appearance and Reality3
PHIL 206Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge3
Practical (take 1 course from the following):
PHIL 244Political and Social Philosophy3
PHIL 207Ethics3
Electives
Select a minimum of 15 credits from the following courses, at least 9 credits of which must be selected from courses numbered 300 or higher: 215
PHIL 105Issues in Religion3
PHIL 110Mythology3
PHIL 109Bioethics (Medical Ethics) 13
PHIL 113Environmental Ethics 13
PHIL 125Ethics in Everyday Life 13
PHIL 135World Religions Today 13
PHIL 140The Examined Life 13
PHIL 203Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL 215On Love3
PHIL 216Aesthetics: Creativity & Imagination3
PHIL 217Eastern Philosophy and Religion3
PHIL 226Religion in the City: When Faith Encounters Urban Life3
PHIL 232African(a) Philosophy3
PHIL 235Perspectives on Death3
PHIL 236Self: I as Mind 13
PHIL 240Philosophy and Film3
PHIL 245The Philosophy of Social Justice in the United States 13
PHIL 246Food, Philosophy, and Global Health 13
PHIL 260Practice, Policy and Philosophy of Education 13
PHIL 290Myth, Magic, and Mysticism3
PHIL 302Philosophy of Technology3
PHIL 313Time3
PHIL 317Philosophy and Literature3
PHIL 320Philosophy of Psychology3
PHIL 324Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
PHIL 390Pandemic Ethics3
PHIL 397Re-Thinking Animals: A Paradigm Shift3
PHIL 401Philosophy of Science3
PHIL 405Advanced Seminar in Philosophy3
PHIL 408Independent Study in Philosophy3
PHIL 424Independent Study in Religion3
Total Credits36
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4-6
MATH 114
Contemporary Mathematics
or Statistics I
3
PHIL 102 Critical Thinking 3
General Education Tier I 3
INTD 101 Orientation to College *first time freshmen only 1
 Credits14-16
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
or
4-6
PHIL 207
Ethics
or Political and Social Philosophy
3
General Education Tier I 3
General Education Tier I 3
Elective/Minor 3
 Credits16-18
Sophomore
Semester 1
PHIL 234
Ancient Philosophy
or On Evil
3
General Education Tier I 3
General Education Tier II 3
General Education Tier II 3
Elective/Minor 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
PHIL 227 Symbolic Logic 3
General Education Tier II 3
General Education Tier II 3
General Education Tier II 3
Elective/Minor 3
 Credits15
Junior
Semester 1
PHIL 239
On Evil
or Ancient Philosophy
3
PHIL 205 Metaphysics: Appearance and Reality 3
PHIL 206 Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge 3
General Education Tier II 3
Elective//Minor 3
Elective/Minor 3
 Credits18
Semester 2
PHIL 208
Great Philosophers: Voices of Wisdom
or Existentialism and Phenomenology
or Great Philosophical Texts I
3
General Education Tier III Capstone 3
Philosophy Elective 200/300-Level 3
Elective/Minor 3
Elective/Minor 3
 Credits15
Senior
Semester 1
PHIL Elective 3
PHIL Elective 3
Elective/Minor 3
Elective/Minor 3
Elective/Minor 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
PHIL Elective 3
PHIL Elective 3
Elective/Minor 3
Elective/Minor 3
Elective/Minor 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits123-127

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Philosophy BA program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major ideas, questions, methods and arguments in the core areas of philosophy in the context of philosophy's major historical periods.
  2. Engage in the close_critical but charitable-reading and interpretation of philosophical texts, and express ideas and arguments clearly in written and/or oral communication.
  3. Demonstrate strong critical thinking and problem solving skills by applying the tools of informal and formal logic to identify, construct, analyze, evaluate and respond to arguments.
  4. Discuss questions of value rationally, clearly, humbly, and with an open mind.