Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts

120 credits

In Philosophy, students will investigate ideas in ethics, religion, war, logic, and justice. They will gain skills in research, writing, and discussion while finding guidance from history's great philosophers and from each other. Coursework in Philosophy includes classes on ethics, law, logic, religious thought, ancient and modern philosophy, and war and peace studies. The program provides students with a background in philosophical ideas and provides an excellent background for a variety of careers, including law, theology, planning and social service, business or for further specialized training leading to teaching or research.

Degree Requirements


PY 1010 Ultimate Questions (GACO) 3
PY 1120 Doing Right and Being Good (DICO) 3
PY 2310 Elements of Logic (QRCO) 3
PY 2650 Mind and Machine (TECO) 3
PY 4770 Great Philosophers Seminar (WRCO) 3
PY 3000/4000 level Philosophy electives [not PYDI] 12
PY Philosophy elective [not PYDI] 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 8
Electives 43-41

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-8 credits: one year of one language (6-8 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.