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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, B.A.

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Students pursuing a major in Philosophy critically study the abiding questions facing humankind: What is the nature of God? Why be moral? Is there an afterlife? What is beauty? What is truth? What is justice? What does it mean to know? The study of philosophy develops analytical, critical, and interpretive abilities, cultivating a student’s capacities for reflection and self-expression. Students majoring in Philosophy develop a comprehensive knowledge of the history of philosophy and the representative philosophical problems and issues of the discipline. The study of philosophy further enhances the student’s capacity to apply philosophical methods to intellectual problems across academic fields of study.

The study of philosophy is excellent preparation for careers that demand careful reading, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities. A major in Philosophy provides a solid foundation for students planning careers in medicine, law, education, and business. Philosophy majors are among the top performers on the Law School Aptitude Test and the Medical College Aptitude Test. Philosophy majors also succeed in executive and management sectors of business that require the ability to assimilate information, analyze situations, and produce effective solutions to complex problems.

Requirements for the Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Philosophy must complete aminimum of 124 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. In addition, Philosophy majors must complete two semesters of one foreign language.

Requirements for Philosophy Major:

Students must receive a grade of 2.0 or higher in each course within the major.

Required Electives (24 credits)

Students must complete 24 elective credits in Philosophy. At least nine credits must be at the 300 level or above. Up to 12 credits may be REL courses.

Free Electives (15-18 credits)


A minor is required. Waived for dual majors.

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