Philosophy (BA)

Arts and Sciences
History, Philosophy, and Anthropology
HEGIS Number: 1509

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

The philosophy program seeks first and foremost to show all students, as an essential element of the liberating objective of general education, the unexamined assumptions in all their studies, and to introduce them to the tradition of exploring and criticizing those assumptions. Philosophy courses explore basic ideas in natural sciences, behavioral and social sciences, the arts, and religion. In learning the methods of the philosophical tradition, students will develop their powers of logical thought and coherent expression, which will assist them in other studies, in the pursuit of careers, and in the exercise of the human rights of citizenship and of full participation in the arts and sciences of contemporary cultural life. Majors will learn to engage in sustained analyzes of a variety of issues, preparing them for graduate studies in philosophy, professional schools, etc.


Philosophy BA


Major Discipline Requirements

Required Courses18 
PHIL102Beginning Informal Logic 
PHIL121Beginning Deductive Logic 
PHIL103Introduction to Philosophy 
PHIL104Introduction to Knowledge and Value 
WRIT301Research and Writing for the Major 
PHIL211Ancient Philosophy 
PHIL213Modern Philosophy 
PHIL341Contemporary Philosophy (WI) 
Please choose 5 additional PHIL courses at the 200-level or above. 
Credit Totals: 
Total Philosophy Program credits33 
Total Core Curriculum credits33-42 
Total free elective credits45-54 
Total credits for the BA in Philosophy120 


  1. PHIL 102 may also be taken to fulfill the Flexible Core: Scientific World requirement.
  2. PHIL 103 may also be taken to fulfill the Flexible Core: Individual and Society requirement.
  3. Students who have already taken WRIT 302 or WRIT 303 may substitute that course for WRIT 301.
  4. PHIL 341 and WRIT 301 may also be taken toward fulfillment of the College Option Core: Writing Intensive requirement.
  5. At the discretion of the department, students may take up to 3 elective courses (9 credits) with philosophically rigorous content offered by other departments to satisfy program requirements. Such courses must be chosen in collaboration with a department advisor and pre-approved by the philosophy discipline coordinator.

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