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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The Philosophy major is designed to acquaint students with the central problems discussed by classic and contemporary philosophers. Students examine fundamental questions about the structure of human knowledge, the nature of reality, the meaning and purpose of human life, and the self and its relation to the world. In studying the writings of ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary philosophers, students are challenged to reflect on their presuppositions about themselves and the world, and to cultivate the skills required for problem-solving and for thinking which is both disciplined and creative.

Requirements for a major in philosophy:

Nine hours in the Systematic Sequence, selected from the areas of:

  • Logic & Language
  • Mind & Knowledge
  • Reality & God
  • Ethics & Value

Nine hours in the Historical Sequence:

  • three hours of Ancient Philosophy
  • three hours of Medieval Philosophy
  • three hours of Modern Philosophy 

An Authors Seminar

These required courses are offered every year. The normal requirements in credit hours for a major in philosophy are 33 to 36 hours. Philosophy electives for the major are offered on a continuous and rotational basis.

Philosophy Course Information

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