Philosophy has influenced every major pillar of modern society from art and religion, to science and government. While exploring that rich history, we teach you to think critically, write persuasively and craft a well-reasoned argument—all skills that are highly valued by employers.
You learn about logic, ethics and the various philosophies of different cultures, and you examine the great economic, ethical and political problems of our time and how we might solve them. The research and analytical skills you develop prepare you to pursue a career as a lawyer, business leader, teacher and much more.
Studying philosophy trains a mind to be nimble and versatile, which is why philosophy majors are so successful in the professional world. Of all the humanities, philosophy majors are the highest earners. And they outperform almost every other major on the LSAT, score highest overall on the GRE and, on average, rank better on the GMAT than people who majored in business, social sciences, all the other humanities and the arts.
Curriculum and Requirements
BA in Philosophy Curriculum
In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, the BA in Philosophy requires the completion of 36 credits distributed as follows, with a minimum grade of C in all courses. No more than 6 credits of independent study (PL 299, PL 396, PL 399) may count toward completion of the major.
|Complete the University Curriculum||46|
|Philosophy Core Requirements|
|PL 101||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|PL 202||Logical Reasoning||3|
|PL 220||Ethics and Human Values||3|
|PL 332||Ancient Philosophy||3|
|PL 333||Modern Philosophy||3|
|PL 401||Senior Seminar||3|
|Select six philosophy or cognate courses:||18|
|Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (PO 217)|
|Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine|
|Philosophy of Science|
|Philosophy of Language|
|Philosophy of Mind|
|Philosophy of Technology and Social Transformation|
|Philosophy of Sport (SPS 240)|
|Philosophy of Art|
|Living Religions of the World|
|Diverse Global Philosophies|
|Philosophy of Religion|
|Independent Study in Philosophy|
|Philosophy of War and Peace (PO 312)|
|Thought and Work of Albert Schweitzer (SL:Service Learning)|
|Philosophy and Gender (WS 330)|
|Philosophy of Humor|
|Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)|
|Philosophy of Sex and Love|
|Philosophy of Death and Dying|
|Critical Game Studies (GDD 395)|
|Directed Research in Philosophy|
Cognate courses: 1
|American Political Thought|
|Democratic Theory and Practice|
In addition to philosophy courses, a student may count up to two of the cognate courses toward completion of the philosophy major.
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