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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 (12–16)

Select 4 of the following Philosophy Foundations courses:
PHL 121. *Reasoning and Writing (3)
PHL 201. *Introduction to Philosophy (4)
PHL 203. *The Meaning of Existence (4)
PHL 205. *Ethics (4)
PHL 207. *Political Philosophy (4)
PHL 208. Introduction to Buddhist Traditions (4)
   or REL 208. Introduction to Buddhist Traditions (4)
PHL 213. *Introduction to Hindu Traditions (4)
   or REL 213. *Introduction to Hindu Traditions (4)
PHL 251. *Knowers, Knowing, and the Known (4)
PHL 280. *Ethics of Diversity (4)
PHL 301. *History of Western Philosophy (4)
PHL 321. Deductive Logic (4)
PHL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
   or REL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
PHL 444. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
   or REL 444. *Biomedical Ethics (4)

Writing Intensive Course (WIC) (3–4)

Students must take at least one PHL course with a WIC designation (e.g., PHL 407. ^Seminar (1–16); ^PHL 474. Philosophy of Biology (4))

Diversity (3–4):

Select 1 of the following Philosophy Diversity Courses:
PHL 213. *Introduction to Hindu Traditions (4)
   or REL 213. *Introduction to Hindu Traditions (4)
PHL 214. *Introduction to Islamic Traditions (4)
   or REL 214. *Introduction to Islamic Traditions (4)
PHL 275. *Introduction to Disability Studies (4)
PHL 280. *Ethics of Diversity (4)
PHL 312. *Asian Thought (4)
   or REL 312. *Asian Thought (4)
PHL 316. Intellectual Issues of Mexico and Mexican Americans (4)
   or REL 316. Intellectual Issues of Mexico and Mexican Americans (4)
PHL 345. *First Freedom: Religious Liberty and Intolerance (4)
   or REL 345. *First Freedom: Religious Liberty and Intolerance (4)
PHL 371. *Philosophies of China (4)
   or REL 371. *Philosophies of China (4)
PHL 360. *Philosophy and the Arts (4)
PHL 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
   or WGSS 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PHL 430. History of Buddhist Philosophy (4)
   or REL 430. History of Buddhist Philosophy (4)
PHL 448. Native American Philosophies (4)
   or ES 448. Native American Philosophies (4)
   or REL 448. Native American Philosophies (4)

NOTE: Some special topics courses (PHL 299. Selected Topics (1–16); 399. Special Topics in Philosophy (1–4); PHL 499. Topics in Philosophy (1–4)), as well as some WIC seminar courses (PHL 407. ^Seminar. (1–16)) and some “Great Figures” (PHL 411. Great Figures in Philosophy (4)) seminars, will satisfy the Philosophy major’s Diversity requirement; check with professor or advisor.

Electives: Sufficient additional credits of PHL course work, as necessary to meet the 44 total credits requirement, and 24 total upper-division credits requirement.

Footnotes:

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



Major Code: 955

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