Philosophy BA

One of the attractions of studying philosophy is that you get to ask big questions that intelligent and inquisitive people wonder about. What can you know for sure? Is everything explained by science? What makes actions right or wrong? Does God exist? What kind of life should I lead? When you study philosophy, you learn what some of the great thinkers have said about such issues, but you also begin to articulate answers that satisfy you.


Studying philosophy changes how you think. You learn to examine things from many perspectives, to question what is often taken for granted, and to understand viewpoints that differ from your own. Philosophy places a high value on communicating clearly and precisely and offering reasoned support for your views. It puts you in the habit of using logic to evaluate your own reasons for believing something, as well as reasons offered by others.


Course Requirements

 1. Courses in Philosophy and Religion:

  • PHI 151: Introduction to Philosophy
  • REL 131: Comparative Religion
  • PHI 253: Logic
  • PHI 356: Ethics (Writing Intensive)
  • PHI 410: Classical Philosophy or PHI 412: Modern Philosophy
  • PHI 480: Philosophical Discourse (capstone course)
  • 15 semester hours of philosophy or religion electives

2. Additional Degree Requirements:

  • A Speaking-Intensive Course (from Communications Studies)
  • 6 upper-division semester hours from English, History, or Religion
  • A foreign language through the 202 level (4th course)