Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy

Students may satisfy the Major in either of two ways: with a Traditional Concentration or with a Law, Ethics, and Justice Concentration.
 

Core Course 

All students of either concentration must take one of the following courses in Symbolic Logic:
          PHI 2850: Introductory Symbolic Logic
          PHI 2860: Honors Introductory Symbolic Logic
          PHI 5050: Advanced Symbolic Logic
 

Traditional Concentration

The Traditional Concentration is primarily intended for those students whose interests in Philosophy are broad and general, and for those who are considering doing graduate-level work in Philosophy.

A candidate pursuing this concentration must complete a minimum of ten (10) courses in Philosophy, including the Core Course in Symbolic Logic (see above) and the following courses or selections from course groups:
 

(1) Two courses from the History of Philosophy Group
          (a) One course in Ancient Philosophy (select one): 
                    PHI 2100: Ancient Greek Philosophy
                    PHI 5400: Presocratics and Sophists
                    PHI 5410: Plato
                    PHI 5420: Aristotle
           (b) One course in Modern Philosophy (select one):
                    PHI 2110: 17th & 18th Century Philosophy
                    PHI 5440: Continental Rationalism
                    PHI 5450: British Empiricism
                    PHI 5460: Kant

(2) One course from the Theory of Value Group;

(3) One course from the Philosophical Problems Group; and

(4) Four courses at the 5000-level or above (other than PHI 5990 or 5993), which must total at least 14 credits.


In addition: A major in Philosophy must register for PHI 5993 (Writing Intensive Course in Philosophy) in association with a 3000- or 5000-level Philosophy course; this course is not counted toward the ten-course minimum.

NOTE: Courses taken at the 5000-level that satisfy any of requirements 1-3 may also be counted toward requirement 4, though the ten-course minimum for the Major must still be met. PHI 5990 (Directed Reading) will not count toward the 14 credits at the 5000-level, except under special cicumstances, and with the permission of the supervising instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

 

Law, Ethics, and Justice Concentration

This option is intended for students who have a special interest in ethical issues or in Law.

A candidate pursuing this concentration must complete a minimum of ten (10) courses in Philosophy, including the Core Course in Symbolic Logic (see above) and the following courses or selections from course groups:
 

(1) One course from the History of Philosophy Group (select one):
          PHI 2100: Ancient Greek Philosophy 
          PHI 5400: The Presocratic and Sophists
          PHI 5410: Plato
          PHI 5420: Aristotle
          PHI 2110: 17th & 18th Century Philosophy
          PHI 5440: Continental Rationalism
          PHI 5450: British Empiricism
          PHI 5460: Kant

(2) One course from the Philosophical Problems Group;

(3) PHI 2320: Introduction to Ethics; 

(4) One course in Philosophy of Law, Politics, or Human Rights (select one):
          PHI 2330: Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
          PHI 2390: Philosophy of Human Rights
          PHI 3270: Foundations of Law
          PHI 5240: Special Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
          PHI 5270: Philosophy of Law

(5) One course in Applied Ethics (select one):
          PHI 1100: Contemporary Moral Issues
          PHI 1110: Ethical Issues in Health Care
          PHI 1120: Professional Ethics
          PHI 1130: Environmental Ethics
          PHI 5260: Philosophy of Sex and Gender

(6) Four courses at the 5000-level or above (other than PHI 5990 or PHI 5993), which must total at least 14 credits, and which must include: 
          PHI 5280 (History of Ethics) or PHI 5300 (Foundations of Ethics)
          One additional 5000-level course from the Value Theory Course Group


In addition: A major in Philosophy must register for PHI 5993 (Writing Intensive Course in Philosophy) in association with some 3000- or 5000-level Philosophy course; this course is not counted toward the nine-course minimum. 

NOTE: Courses taken at the 5000-level that satisfy any of requirements 1, 2, 4, or 5 may also be counted toward requirement 6, though the ten-course minimum for the Major must still be met. PHI 5990 (Directed Reading) will not count toward the 14 credits at the 5000-level, except under special cicumstances, and with the permission of the supervising instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

 

The Honors Program in Philosophy

Admission to the honors program in Philosophy is determined on the basis of the student's overall record. The student will normally be required to have:

  • a minimum honor point average of 3.3,
  • credit in at least three Philosophy courses, and
  • a "B" or better average in Philosophy courses.

Honors Requirements: To receive an Honors Degree in Philosophy, the candidate must complete the course requirements for the regular major in Philosophy (in either concentration). In addition, the student must complete a total of at least 15-credits of Honors-designated coursework, including the following:

  • 4890: Honors Thesis (3 credits)
  • An HON 4200-level course offered through the Honors Program (3 credits)
  • At least six (6) additional credits of Honors-designated coursework in Philosophy at the 2000-level or above (other than 4890).
  • Additional Honors-designated credits in any university course, as need to reach the 15-credit Honors minimum. 

To remain in the Philosophy Honors Program, the student must maintain a B or better average in philosophy courses. At graduation, the overall honor point average must be at least 3.3. If at any point, the student fails to maintain Honors standards, his or her credits will automatically be counted towards the regular major in Philosophy.

You might also wish to consult the University's Honors Program's web site
 
 

The Minor in Philosophy

A candidate for a minor in Philosophy must complete a minimum of five (5) courses in Philosophy, including the following courses or selections from course groups:

(1)  Symbolic Logic (PHI 2850, PHI 2860, or PHI 5050) or Critical Thinking (PHI 1050);
(2)  one course at the 5000-level or above (other than PHI 5993); and
(3)  three additional courses of the candidate's choice (other than 5993), at least one of which must be at the 2000-level. 
 

NOTE: Courses taken in compliance with requirement (1) may be used to satisfy any of requirement (2), though the five course minimum must still be met. Students wishing to do this must consult with the instructor.
 

Recommended Specialized Minors

The Philosophy Department offers several recommended tracks for satisfying the above Minor requirements, which are intended for students who are interested in Philosophy but who also have more specific or specialized academic interests or career goals. The Department currently offers thre recommended minor tracks:

  • Pre-Law
  • Ethics for Health Care Professionals
  • Foundations of Science and Psychology
     

Pre-Law Philosophy Minor

The recommended Pre-Law Philosophy Minor involves completing the above Minor requirements in the following way:

(1)  Symbolic Logic (PHI 2850, PHI 2860, or PHI 5050);
(2)  any TWO of the following courses: Introduction to Ethics (PHI 2320), Foundations of Law (
PHI 3270), Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (PHI 2330), Philosophy of Law (PHI 5270), or Special Topics in Social and Political Philosophy (PHI 5240);
(3)  any one of the following courses: PHI 1100 (Contemporary Moral Issues), PHI 1110 (Ethical Issues in Health Care), PHI 1120 (Professional Ethics), or PHI 1130 (Environmental Ethics);
(4) One Philosophy course at the 5000-level.


Ethics for Health Care Professionals Philosophy Minor

The recommended Ethics for Health Care Professionals Philosophy Minor involves completing the above Minor requirements in the following way:

(1)  Symbolic Logic (PHI 2850, PHI 2860, or PHI 5050) or Critical Thinking (PHI 1050);
(2)  Ethical Issues in Health Care (PHI 1110);
(3)  Introduction to Ethics (PHI 2320);
(4)  Life and Death (PHI 1200) or an additional course from the Theory of Value Course Group; and 
(5)  one Philosophy course at the 5000-level.


Foundations of Science and Psychology Philosophy Minor

The Recommended Foundations of Science and Psychology Philosophy Minor involves completing the above Minor requirements in the following way:

(1)  Symbolic Logic (PHI 2850, PHI 1860, or PHI 5050) or Critical Thinking (PHI 1050);
(2)  any THREE of the following courses: Introduction to Philosophy of Science (PHI 2550), Philosophy of Psychology (PHI 2650), Theory of Knowledge (PHI 3500), Metaphysics (PHI 3550), Space, Time, and the Philosophy of Physics (PHI 3600), Philosophy of Science (PHI 5230), Topics in Metaphysics (PHI 5500), Topics in Epistemology (PHI 5530), or Philosophy of Mind (PHI 5550); and

(3)  one Philosophy course at the 5000-level.


 

The Minor in Religious Studies

The Philosophy Department is also affiliated with the university's Minor in Religious Studies. For more information, visit the Religious Studies website.


 

AGRADE in Philosophy

The Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program in Philosophy enables qualified seniors to enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate program. Students may elect a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of sixteen AGRADE credit hours, which will be used both to complete the baccalaureate degree as well as to serve as the beginning of graduate study. 

Students will receive undergraduate tuition rates for the AGRADE graduate course credits that they complete as an undergraduate. Because the Masters Program in Philosophy requires 32 total credits, this amounts to as much as a 50% tuition reduction for the Masters degree.

For further information about the program, eligibility, and instructions for how to apply, please consult the Philosophy Department's AGRADE Guidelines.

 

Contact

For questions concerning the Undergraduate Major, Minor, or Honors Programs, please contact the Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies:
 
Professor Josh Wilburn
5057 Woodward, Room #12002.23
(313)-577-6103

 

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