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Philosophy Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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College of Liberal Arts | School of History, Philosophy, and Religion


An undergraduate major in philosophy provides a broad education and intellectual skills that are useful in many occupations and areas of life. It is also a valuable background for graduate study in philosophy and religious studies and for advanced study in such professional fields as law and public service.




Philosophical Foundations (10–12)

PHL 101. Critical Thinking (4)
   or PHL 121. *Reasoning and Writing (3)
PHL 205. *Ethics (4)
PHL 251. *Knowers, Knowing, and the Known (4)

Philosophical Perspectives (24–27)

PHL 301, PHL 302, PHL 303. *History of Western Philosophy (4,4,4)

Select one Logic course:
PHL 321. Deductive Logic (4)
PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PHL 421. Mathematical Logic (3)

Select one Value Theory or one Metaphysics/Epistemology course from the two lists below (3–4):

Value Theory:
PHL 207. *Political Philosophy (4)
PHL 342. Contemporary Ethics (4)
PHL 344. *Pacifism, Just War, and Terrorism (4)
PHL 360. *Philosophy and the Arts (4)
PHL 365. *Law in Philosophical Perspective (4)
PHL 390. Moral Theories (3)
PHL 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PHL 430. History of Buddhist Philosophy (4)
PHL 439. Philosophy of Nature (3)
PHL 440. *Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 499. Topics in Philosophy [some qualify; check with professor] (1–4)

OR:

Metaphysics/Epistemology:
PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PHL 365. *Law in Philosophical Perspective (4)
PHL 430. History of Buddhist Philosophy (4)
PHL 436. Philosophy and Religion (3)
PHL 451. Knowledge and Reality (3)
PHL 470. Philosophy of Science (3)
PHL 474. Philosophy of Biology (4)
PHL 499. Topics in Philosophy [some qualify; check with professor] (1–4)

Diversity: Select one course from below (3–4):
PHL 208. Introduction to Buddhist Traditions (4)
PHL 280. *Ethics of Diversity (4)
PHL 312. *Asian Thought (4)
PHL 316. Intellectual Issues of Mexico and Mexican Americans (4)
PHL 371. *Philosophies of China (4)
PHL 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PHL 430. History of Buddhist Philosophy (4)
PHL 448. Native American Philosophies (4)
PHL 499. Topics in Philosophy: [some qualify; check with professor] (1–4)

PHL 407. Seminar (3)
Electives (12–16) Consultation with advisor is required.

Total=46–55 (14–15 courses)

 

Philosophical Pathways:

Students are encouraged to select their Diversity, Value Theory, or Metaphysics and Epistemology, Seminar, and Elective courses so as to form a Philosophical Pathway. These are groups of courses that allow the student to concentrate on different subject areas within engaged philosophy. Here are sample pathways, with themes that interest many students:

Science and Technology:

PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PHL 371. *Philosophies of China (4)
PHL 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PHL 439. Philosophy of Nature (3)
PHL 440. *Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
PHL 448. Native American Philosophies (4)
PHL 451. Knowledge and Reality (3)
PHL 470. Philosophy of Science (3)
PHL 474. ^Philosophy of Biology (4)

Health and Wellbeing:

PHL 208. Introduction to Buddhist Traditions (4)
PHL 213. *Introduction to Hindu Traditions (4)
PHL 360. *Philosophy and the Arts (4)
PHL 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PHL 430. History of Buddhist Philosophy (4)
PHL 432. *Yoga and Tantric Traditions (4)
PHL 444. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
PHL 455. Death and Dying (3)
PHL 474. ^Philosophy of Biology (4)

Social Justice and Civic Engagement:

PHL 207. *Political Philosophy (4)
PHL 280. *Ethics of Diversity (4)
PHL 315. *Gandhi and Nonviolence (4)
PHL 316. Intellectual Issues of Mexico and Mexican Americans (4)
PHL 342. Contemporary Ethics (4)
PHL 344. *Pacifism, Just War, and Terrorism (4)
PHL 365. *Law in Philosophical Perspective (4)
PHL 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PHL 431. Buddhism, Nonviolence and Social Justice (4)
PHL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (4)
PHL 448. Native American Philosophies (4)
PHL 461. Art and Morality (3)

Faith in Philosophical Perspective:

PHL 207. *Political Philosophy (4)
PHL 208. Introduction to Buddhist Traditions (4)
PHL 210. *Religion in the United States (4)
PHL 213. *Introduction to Hindu Traditions (4)
PHL 214. *Introduction to Islamic Traditions (4)
PHL 316. Intellectual Issues of Mexico and Mexican Americans (4)
PHL 344. *Pacifism, Just War, and Terrorism (4)
PHL 371. *Philosophies of China (4)
PHL 430. History of Buddhist Philosophy (4)
PHL 436. Philosophy and Religion (3)
PHL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
PHL 448. Native American Philosophies (4)

The Examined Life:

PHL 207. *Political Philosophy (4)
PHL 208. Introduction to Buddhist Traditions (4)
PHL 280. *Ethics of Diversity (4)
PHL 316. Intellectual Issues of Mexico and Mexican Americans (4)
PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PHL 342. Contemporary Ethics (4)
PHL 344. *Pacifism, Just War, and Terrorism (4)
PHL 360. *Philosophy and the Arts (4)
PHL 365. *Law in Philosophical Perspective (4)
PHL 371. *Philosophies of China (4)
PHL 390. Moral Theories (3)
PHL 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PHL 430. History of Buddhist Philosophy (4)
PHL 436. Philosophy and Religion (3)
PHL 440. *Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 439. Philosophy of Nature (3)
PHL 448. Native American Philosophies (4)
PHL 451. Knowledge and Reality (3)
PHL 470. Philosophy of Science (3)
PHL 474. ^Philosophy of Biology (4)

Courses numbered PHL 299, 399, and 499 (Special Topics) as well as PHL 407 (Seminar) and PHL 411 (Great Figures) vary in their content from term to term, and will sometimes satisfy the Diversity, Value Theory, or Metaphysics/Epistemology requirements. To determine whether a particular course of this type may be counted toward a particular degree requirement, ask your professor.

Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)



Major Code: 955

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