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Philosophy & Religion

BA in Philosophy

Please refer to the Undergraduate Student Handbook for detailed information about the program. The course checklist is available to ensure you take the required classes. Information about the combined BA/MA in philosophy can be found on the BA/MA page.

Admission to the Program

Admission is through a formal declaration of major. 

University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and
    Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better, including 15 credit hours at the 300-level or above, and up to 6 credit hours in religion.

Course Requirements

  • History of Philosophy (9 credit hours)
  • PHIL-105 Western Philosophy (3)
  • 6 credit hours of approved course work at the 300-level or above
  • Moral and Political Philosophy (9 credit hours)
  • PHIL-220 Moral Philosophy (3) or PHIL-235 Theories of Democracy and Human Rights (3)
  • 6 credit hours of approved course work at the 300-level or above
  • Critical Perspectives (6 credit hours)
  • 6 credit hours of course work from the following:
  • PHIL-413 Studies in Asian Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-416 Feminist Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-417 Race and Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-418 Chinese Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-485 Selected Topics in Philosophy: Latin American Thought (3) or Philosophy and Film (3)
  • RELG-210 Non-Western Religious Traditions (3)
  • RELG-473 Hinduism (3)
  • Approved philosophy or religion course
  • Concentration (9 credits)
  • 9 credit hours of course work in a subspecialty in philosophy, such as applied ethics or aesthetics, which may involve courses outside the department with approval of the department's director of undergraduate studies
  • Electives (6 credits)
  • 6 credit hours of approved course work

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.