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BA in Philosophy


Studying philosophy is worthwhile both for the intrinsic value of inquiring into what is best in thought and living, and also for the practical value of the intellectual habits students gain.  Literally meaning "love of wisdom," philosophy is the inquiry into fundamental questions that humans ask: What is the good life? What is most real? How can humans know? What is sound reasoning? How do humans create and discover meaning in life?

Students of philosophy significantly enhance their critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as their communication skills. The broad inquiry into patterns of thought strengthens problem-solving ability and helps the student attain a depth of thought that is invaluable for a wide variety of graduate studies and careers.

Evening Programs
A number of courses for the major will be offered only in the day.


Students must complete 33 hours in the Philosophy major, of which at least 21 hours must be at 300-level or above

Core courses (required):
PHIL 203:  Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 204: Introductory Logic
RELG 210: World Religions
PHIL/RELG 320:  Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 400: Major Thinkers and Issues (senior capstone)  

Choose two courses from Philosophical Traditions:

PHIL 304: Contemporary Western Philosophy
PHIL 330: Ancient & Medieval Western Philosophy
PHIL 346: Chinese Philosophy and Religion

Choose one course from Philosophy and Society:

PHIL 305: Medical Ethics
PHIL 325: Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 334: Modern Political Thought
PHIL 340: Contemporary Moral Problems
RELG 344: Christian Ethics

Choose 3 courses from any remaining PHIL or RELG courses, at least two of which must be at the 300-level or above.  Those philosophy courses include two not listed above: 

PHIL 240: Philosophy Through Film, and
PHIL 349: Topics in Philosophy

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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