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Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy (BA)

Offered by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Admission is through a formal declaration of major.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

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 component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

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)

Moral and Political Philosophy (9 credit hours)

Critical Perspectives (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following:

Concentration (9 credit hours)

  • 9 credit hours in a subspecialty in philosophy, such as applied ethics or aesthetics, which may include courses outside the department with approval of the department's director of undergraduate studies.

Electives (6 credit hours)

  • 6 credit hours in approved coursework

Combined Philosophy (BA) and Philosophy (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degreesfor more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Admission is open to undergraduates with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 overall and in philosophy courses. Applications must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an academic writing sample. Students should discuss their interest in the program with members of the faculty before submitting a formal application.

Advising Information

Declare Major/Minor

Archived Catalog & Degree Requirements

Advisors & Contacts for CAS Depts/Programs

For advising help, contact Despina Kakoudaki, Undergraduate Program Director, at kakoudak@american.edu.

Please see also

Please refer to the Undergraduate Handbook for detailed information about the program. Information about the combined BA/MA in philosophy can be found on the BA/MA page.

Credit Restrictions

Keep in mind the various credit restrictions for majoring and double majoring:

---18 credits of the major must be earned in residence
---For double majors, 18 credits must be unique to each major