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 practical (ethics, politics, aesthetics) and theoretical (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 Electives||20|
|PHIL 003||History of Ancient Philosophy||1|
|PHIL 004||History of Modern Philosophy||1|
|PHIL 005||Formal Logic I||1|
|Select 2 courses in Theoretical Philosophy||2|
|Select 1 course in Ethics or Political Philosophy||1|
|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 Chair||2|
|Total Course Units||32|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
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 301||Directed 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 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.