Philosophy: General Philosophy, BA

Philosophy seeks to illuminate fundamental aspects of the world, of our relation to and knowledge of the world, and of our own nature as rational, purposive, and social beings. The study of philosophy aims at an appreciation of the ways this enterprise has been, is, and might be approached. It also provides a vantage point for reflecting on the nature and achievement of other disciplines, such as science, the arts, and the humanities. Philosophical topics can be divided roughly into value theory (ethics, politics, aesthetics) and theoretical philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, mind, and logic). The four concentrations available within the major allow students to emphasize different sets of questions.

The General Philosophy Concentration requires a balanced selection of coursework from within both practical and theoretical philosophy as well as the history of these enterprises.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 32. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Distribution Requirements
PHIL 003Ancient Greek Philosophy1
PHIL 004History of Modern Philosophy1
PHIL 005Formal Logic I1
Select 2 courses in Theoretical Philosophy2
Select 1 course in Ethics or Political Philosophy1
Level Requirements
Select 4 course units of Philosophy with at least 2 course units above 200 and 2 course units at the 300 level 4
Other Courses in Philosophy
Select 5 other courses in Philosophy
Courses Outside the Philosophy Department
Select 2 courses outside the Philosophy Department by approval of the Undergraduate Chair2
Total Course Units32


Must be a Senior Major in Philosophy and have a minimum 3.33 GPA in the major. Applicants must have completed the distribution requirements for the major including two courses above 200 one of which must be above 301. Please consult with the Undergraduate Chair for other specific criteria.

PHIL 301Directed Honors Research (or a 500-level course)1


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.