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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy (B.S.)


Bachelor’s degree requirements

Core curriculum


All philosophy majors must take the following five courses:

Standard philosophy option


This option is for students who are interested in a traditional liberal arts course of study.

Thirty-six hours in philosophy are required.

Philosophy course requirements: (36 credit hours)


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)
  • 3 philosophy electives (one of them at the 500 level or above) Credits: (9)

Note:


Electives can be from groups above

Pre-graduate school option


The option is for students who are mainly interested in doing graduate study in philosophy.

Philosophy course requirements: (36 credit hours)


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)
  • 3 philosophy electives (two of them at the 500 level or above) Credits: (9)

Note:


Electives can be from groups above

Pre-law options


While no one major is given preference by law school admission boards, law schools recognize the value of philosophy for refining skills in expression, comprehension, and critical thinking. According to the Pre-Law Handbook, ‘‘the free and spirited consideration of philosophical questions is almost the model for legal training.’’

The department offers two degree options:

Single major option (39 credit hours)


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)
  • 4 philosophy electives (three of them at the 500 level or above) Credits: (12)

Double major option (30 credit hours)


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)
  • 2 philosophy electives (one of them at the 500 level or above) Credits: (6)

Additional requirement:


Completion of another major in a department of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Philosophy/pre-business (30 credit hours)


The pre-business option is for students who plan to do graduate work leading to a master’s in business administration. This program has been developed in accordance with the results of surveys in professional business journals that rate this type of program as an excellent preparation for careers in business leadership.

  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)
  • 3 philosophy electives (two of them at the 300 level or above and one of them at the 500 level or above) Credits: (9)

Note:


Students may combine a philosophy/pre-business degree with an undergraduate degree in the College of Business Administration.

Interdisciplinary option (30 credit hours)


This option is for students who wish to combine a major in philosophy with a major in another discipline. Each student completing a degree under this option must have a faculty advisor in the Department of Philosophy who supervises the student’s program.

Philosophy course requirements:


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)
  • 4 philosophy electives (2 of them must be at the 500-level or above Credits: (12)

Additional requirements:


  1. Completion of a second major, as appropriate; student’s program must be approved by a faculty advisor in the Department of Philosophy.
  2. PHILO 680 Problems in Philosophy must focus on the relationship of philosophy to the student’s other major; the student must write a substantial paper on that relationship for this course.

Philosophy/pre-med (33 credit hours)


While no one major is given preference by medical schools and related post-graduate programs, their admission committees recognize philosophy as a valuable primary or secondary major. In fact, surveys indicate that nationally, philosophy graduates have some of the highest acceptance rates at medical schools. Students in this program will be advised to supplement their education with an important science component.

  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)
  • 3 philosophy electives (2 or them at the 500 level or above) Credits: (9)

Choose one from the following:


Note:


Electives can be from the lists above

Students choosing this option and planning to apply for medical school are strongly advised to combine it with at least a minor in one of the following disciplines: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or physics.