Bachelors (BA) in Philosophy

The philosophy major offers a 39-40-semester-hour course of study that is designed to prepare students to think well and communicate clearly. A classic liberal arts major, philosophy prepares students for a wide variety of options in graduate school, including history, law, law enforcement, literature, philosophy and theology. Skills in critical thinking and clear communication also prepare students well for careers in business and industry. Most important, philosophical skills are central to the active life of the mind. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major. A minimum of 21 semester hours must be upper-division courses.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in philosophy will:

  • Understand important concepts, theories and skills of philosophy and describe how they interact with the content of disciplines outside of philosophy
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills in philosophical essays and in on-the-job internship situations
  • Apply critical skills from the philosophy curriculum to make decisions and solve problems
  • Analyze, evaluate and integrate ideas from a variety of sources both in written essays and speech

Major Requirements

Philosophy Core (27 hours)
PHIL 150 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 180 Ethics 3
PHIL 250 Thinking Well: Logic and Life 3
PHIL 277 Spirituality and the Intellectual Life 3
PHIL 311 History 1: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3
PHIL 312 History 2: Modern and Postmodern Philosophy 3
PHIL 490 Philosophy Capstone 3

Students must complete the following colloquium courses:
PHIL 214 Philosophy Colloquium 1
PHIL 314 Philosophy Colloquium 1
PHIL 414 Philosophy Colloquium 1

Students much choose one of the following courses:
PHIL 415 Contemporary Philosophers 3
PHIL 435 Contemporary Problems 3

Specialization Tracks (12-13 hours)

Students must choose one of the specializations below and take the courses associated with it. Possible electives to meet the total 12-13 semester hours are listed below the tracks.
Creation Care
GSCI 120 Environmental Science 4
PHIL 320 Agrarian Philosophy: Life and the Land 3

Philosophy (PHIL) coursework electives

6
Graduate School
PHIL 270 Philosophy of the Arts 3
PHIL 332 Virtue Philosophy 3

Philosophy (PHIL) coursework electives

6
Pre-Law
PHIL 280 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3
PHIL 330 Religion and Reason 3
PSCI 260 Introduction to Law 3

Philosophy (PHIL) coursework elective

3
Pre-Med
PHIL 330 Religion and Reason 3

Students must choose one of the following courses:
PHIL 331 Ethical Issues 3
PHIL 332 Virtue Philosophy 3

Students must choose one of the following courses:
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHYS 201 General Physics I 4
MATH 201 Calculus I 4

Philosophy (PHIL) coursework elective 

3
Pre-Seminary
PHIL 310 Christian Apologetics 3
RELI 380 Christian Beliefs 3

Students must choose one of the following courses:
PHIL 331 Ethical Issues 3
PHIL 332 Virtue Philosophy 3

Philosophy (PHIL) coursework elective

3
Social Justice

Students must choose one of the following courses:
PHIL 331 Ethical Issues 3
PHIL 332 Virtue Philosophy 3

Students must choose one of the following courses:
PHIL 313 Feminist Philosophy 3
PHIL 320 Agrarian Philosophy: Life and Land 3
PHIL 373 Social Theory 3
PHIL 380 Gender Theory 3

Students must choose one of the following courses:
BIBL 390 Biblical Basis for Peacemaking 3
PHIL 280 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3
PHIL 300 American Political Theory 3

PHIL 475 Field Experience (The student will work in an appropriate social service setting)

3
Specialized
Electives determined in consultation with department† 12

†The track must include a methodology course and an upper-division content course.