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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy (B.S.)


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The program in philosophy gives students an understanding of traditional philosophical subjects such as the nature and justification of moral values, religious and scientific explanations of the world, the rationality of social institutions, and the nature of reasoning and argument.

The degree options for the BS degree:

  • Philosophy/Pre-law Options
  • Philosophy/Pre-business Option
  • Philosophy/Interdisciplinary Option
  • Philosophy/Pre-med Option

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Philosophy Major Core curriculum (15 credit hours)


All philosophy majors must take the following five courses:

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)

Philosophy electives (12 credit hours)


Four philosophy electives (three of the electives at the 500 level or above).

Double major option (30 credit hours)


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)

Philosophy electives (6 credit hours)


Two philosophy electives (one of the electives at the 500 level or above).

Additional requirement:


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

Philosophy/pre-business option


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.

Philosophy course requirements (30 credit hours)


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)

Philosophy electives (9 credit hours)


Three philosophy electives (two of the electives at the 300 level or above and one elective at the 500 level or above).

Note


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

Interdisciplinary option


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 (30 credit hours)


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)

Philosophy electives (12 credit hours)


Four philosophy electives (two of the electives must be at the 500 level or above).

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 (3 credit hours) 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 option


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.

Philosophy course requirements (33 credit hours)


  • Core curriculum Credits: (15)

Choose one course (3 credit hours)


Philosophy electives (9 credit hours)


Three philosophy electives (two of the electives at the 500 level or above). Electives can be from the lists above.

Note


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 , chemistry , or physics .

Total hours required for graduation (120 credit hours)


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