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Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a concentration in ethics and public policy

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy requires a minimum of 120 credits, with at least 30 of those credits in philosophy. Fifteen of these credits must be selected from upper-level philosophy courses.

Students whose main interests in philosophy are ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law or public policy (and who may wish to pursue graduate work in law, political science, economics and related areas) will probably want to choose the ethics and public policy concentration.

Degree requirements for Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts with an ethics and public policy concentration

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Obtain knowledge of and facility with philosophy
  2. Develop a good knowledge of the current state of academic discussion of some of the central philosophical topics
  3. Develop some knowledge of the history of philosophy, including both major themes and movements and some specific figures and systems
  4. Develop the ability to think critically and systematically about philosophical problems, both abstract and practical, and to write clearly and cogently about them
General Education requirements (32-46 credits) Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)  
HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
Approved H&S general education electives 6-8
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)  
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)  
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts) 1-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
Collateral requirements (0-9 credits)  
Note: These courses serve as prerequisites for some required major courses listed below.  
CRJS 181 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ECON 203 Introduction to Economics (with minimum grade of B) or ECON 210 Principles of Economics 3
ECON 211 Principles of Economics 3
POLI 314 U.S. Constitutional Law 3
SOCY 101 General Sociology 3
Major requirements (30 credits)  
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 103 Ancient Greek and Medieval Western Philosophy or PHIL 104 Modern Western Philosophy 3
PHIL 201 Critical Thinking About Moral Problems, PHIL 211 History of Ethics, PHIL 212 Ethics and Applications, PHIL 213 Ethics and Health Care or PHIL 214 Ethics and Business 3
PHIL 222 Logic 3
PHIL 301 Mind and Reality, PHIL 302 Reason and Knowledge or PHIL 303 Philosophy of Language (choose one) 3
PHIL 320 Philosophy of Law, PHIL 327 Ethical Theory, PHIL 335 Social and Political Philosophy (choose two) 6
PHIL 490 Seminar in Philosophy (capstone course) 3
PHIL elective 3
Non-PHIL course options (from the list below) 6
Open electives (35-58 credits)  
Open electives 35-58
Total 120

Non-PHIL course options for major requirements (choose two)

CRJS 324 Courts and the Judicial Process
CRJS 355 Criminological Theory
ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory
ECON 302 Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 419/HIST 333 History of Economic Thought
HIST 338 History of Socialism
HIST 369 American Constitutional and Legal Development
HIST 370 American Constitutional and Legal Development
MGMT 324 Tort Law
POLI 310 Public Policy
POLI 314 U.S. Constitutional Law
POLI 315 Courts and Politics
SOCY 302 Contemporary Social Problems
SOCY 430 Politics, Power and Ideology

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