Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total Credits in Major Required for Degree: 30

Basic Requirements

30 semester hours

PHIL 111

Introduction to Logic


3

PHIL 205

Ancient Philosophy


3

PHIL 207

Modern Philosophy


3

PHIL 330

Ethical Theory


3

PHIL 340

Theory of Knowledge


3

PHIL 355

Metaphysics


3

PHIL 397

Seminar: Major Problems OR


3

PHIL 398

Seminar: Major Philosophers


3


Electives in Philosophy


9

Note: Only one 100–level elective will count toward the major. PHIL 393 and PHIL 399 do not count toward the major.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C– or better is required for each of the following courses: PHIL 111, 205, 207, 330, 340, 355 and either 397 or 398.

Department Writing Requirement

The last paper written by each major in PHIL 205, 207, 330, 340 and 355 will be dated, copied, and placed in the student’s file before the paper is graded. Two faculty will review the files of graduating students to determine a) whether the student’s writing improved, and b) action that should be taken in case additional work is needed.

For further information, please contact your advisor or Dr. Filice, the Department Chair. For information on writing requirements for “double” or “triple” majors consult the Undergraduate Bulletin under “Multiple Majors” or the Office of the Dean of the College.

Double Major

Students have found that by electing philosophy as a second major they can develop skills that will be invaluable throughout their careers. They learn to think, read, and write clearly, coherently, and critically. They learn to analyze and evaluate arguments. They learn the art of questioning, that is, how to inquire. Finally, they practice stepping out of a given framework when viewing a problem. Many seemingly unsolvable problems are unsolvable only because the solver is uncritically committed to certain assumptions.