Dec 07, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, B.A.

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David Levy, Chair (Welles Hall 107B) -  

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and development of significant philosophical views.

2. Demonstrate understanding of concepts and theories central to philosophy including specifically​
           a. questions of value
           b. questions of knowledge and existence

3. Demonstrate critical thinking, reading, writing and discussion skills including:
            a. the ability to extract arguments in classic and contemporary philosophical texts and relate them to
                appropriate philosophical context
            b. construction of sound deductive arguments and strong inductive arguments to evaluate philosophical
                concepts, positions, and arguments
            c. engagement in dialectical discussion: to participate in sustained and coherent discussion of arguments
                including articulation of clarifications, objections, and responses
            d. the ability to present viewpoints/arguments that differ from or oppose one’s own fairly and charitably, and
                to respond to such viewpoints/arguments
            e. proficiency in oral discourse: to orally present philosophical arguments (whether one’s own or those derived
                from reading) clearly and to encourage other students to engage with those arguments
            f. reflecting upon the ways in which philosophical reasoning, argumentation, concepts, texts, etc. apply to
               everyday life,lincluding personally, locally, socially, politically, nationally, globally, etc.

4. Engage proficiently in philosophical research and writing including:
            a. locating, evaluating, and interpreting scholarly philosophical sources
            b. producing one’s own philosophical research question(s) and pursuing primary and/or secondary source
                research, while properly crediting sources
            c. constructing original arguments in written form in a manner consistent with disciplinary norms concerning
                argumentative writing

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 33

Basic Requirements: (33 Credits)

One course in the History of Philosophy (3 Credits)

One course in Value Theory (3 Credits)

One course in the Alternative Voices Area (3 Credits)

Capstone (3 credits)

Electives in Philosophy (12 Credits)

4 additional PHIL courses, no more than 1 of which is at the 100 level and at least 2 of which must be at the 300/400 level


Students must complete at least 18 credits in PHIL courses at or above the 300-level. PHIL 493   and PHIL 399  require department approval for use in the major.
At least one of Value/Core must be at 400-level. Students who satisfy the “alternative voices” category with PHIL 315 will need only one elective above 300-level.
Experimental courses at the 200- or 300-level may be used toward the major only with Department approval.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses taken for the major.

Department Writing Requirement

To demonstrate writing proficiency, including research skills specific to Philosophy, all Philosophy majors will complete a significant writing assignment in each of their 400-level courses. The student will produce a finished written work of substantial length, which reflects the application of discipline-specific research skills.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Fall (13 Credit Hours)

Spring (17 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (17 Credit Hours)

Spring (12 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Alternative Voices Area Course Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Value Theory Area Course  Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 4

Fourth Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Core Area Course Credit(s): 3
PHIL Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Total Credits: 120

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

Double Major

Students have found that by electing philosophy as a second major they can develop skills that will be invaluable throughout their careers. They learn to think, read, and write clearly, coherently, and critically. They learn to analyze and evaluate arguments. They learn the art of questioning, that is, how to inquire. Finally, they practice stepping out of a given framework when viewing a problem. Many seemingly unsolvable problems are unsolvable only because the solver is uncritically committed to certain assumptions.

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