The Department of Philosophy offers a B.A. in Philosophy and minors in Philosophy and in Ethics. Courses include core areas of philosophy and specialized topics, such as animal rights, philosophy of law, and philosophy of mind. Students focus on the development of skills in reasoning, their understanding of arguments and viewpoints, the critical evaluation of varied perspectives, and clear written and oral communication. The critical thinking skills developed in the major and minors are of benefit to students in many disciplines and are especially useful as preparation for law school. Students who qualify may be awarded Departmental Distinction upon graduation.
Bachelor of Arts With a Major in Philosophy
The philosophy major requires at least 30 semester hours of coursework in philosophy, including at least 21 hours in advanced courses (3000-level or above). The 30 hours must include PHIL 1301 – Elementary Logic; PHIL 3351 – History of Western Philosophy (Ancient); PHIL 3352 – History of Western Philosophy (Modern); and at least one course from the sequence PHIL 3310–3319.
3310 – Advanced Topics in Philosophy
3311 – 20th-Century Philosophical Analysis
3312 – Introduction to Philosophy of Language
3313 – Knowledge and Skepticism
3314 – Metaphysics
3315 – Philosophy of Mind
3316 – Minds, Brains, and Robotics
3317 – Philosophy of Perception
3318 – Colors, Sounds, and Other Appearances
3319 – Identity, Persons, and Other Objects
Departmental distinction is awarded to philosophy majors graduating with at least a 3.5 GPA in philosophy and who successfully complete a writing project under the guidance of a faculty member.
Minor in Philosophy
The philosophy minor requires at least 15 semester hours of coursework in philosophy, including at least 9 hours in advanced courses (3000-level or above). The 15 hours must include at least one of PHIL 3351 – History of Western Philosophy (Ancient) or PHIL 3352 – History of Western Philosophy (Modern). It is recommended that each student minoring in philosophy take one of the department’s general introductory courses.
Minor in Ethics
The ethics minor requires at least 15 semester hours of coursework in philosophy. These 15 hours must include the following courses: (1) either PHIL 1305 – Introduction to Philosophy or PHIL 1306 – Introduction to Philosophy: Minds, Machines, and Persons; (2) either PHIL 1316 – Introduction to Ethics, PHIL 1317 – Business Ethics, or PHIL 1318 – Contemporary Moral Problems; and (3) three courses from the sequence PHIL 3371–3381.
3371 – Social and Political Philosophy
3372 – Liberty
3373 – Philosophy of Criminal Law
3374 – Philosophy of Law
3375 – Topics in Moral Philosophy
3376 – Bioethics
3377 – Animal Rights
3379 – Environmental Ethics
3380 – Ethical Theory
3381 – Neuroethics