BA, BS, and Minor Requirements

Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy: 30 hours total

Majoring in philosophy for the BA degree requires 30 credits in philosophy distributed as follows:

  • Logic Requirement (= 3 credits)

One of the following three courses:

PHIL 1200 Logic and Reasoning

PHIL 1200H Logic and Reasoning (Honors)

PHIL 2700 Elementary Logic (recommended option)

  • Required Courses (= 9 credits)

All of the following three courses:

PHIL 3000 Ancient Western Philosophy

PHIL 3200 Modern Philosophy

PHIL 4950 Senior Seminar (Capstone Experience)

  • 3000-Level/4000-Level Requirement (= 9 credits)

Any three semester-based courses at the 3000-level or 4000-level not already taken to meet other major requirements, except for 4998 and 4999.

  • Philosophy Electives (= 9 credits)

Nine philosophy credits in any classes (excluding 4998 and 4999) not taken to meet other major requirements; but no more than three 1000-level philosophy courses may be used as philosophy electives.

 

Notes and Restrictions:

• A minor in another field is recommended, but not required. 

• At least one course in philosophy must be Writing Intensive.

• You must earn a grade of C- or above in every philosophy course you take, and not just an average of C- or above in all your philosophy courses.
 

Bachelor’s of Science in Philosophy: 42 hours total

Majoring in philosophy for the BS degree requires 42 credits in philosophy distributed as follows:

  • Required Courses (= 12 credits)

All of the following four courses:

PHIL 2700 Elementary Logic

PHIL 3000 Ancient Western Philosophy

PHIL 3200 Modern Philosophy

PHIL 4950 Senior Seminar (Capstone Experience)

  • 3000-Level/4000-Level Requirement (= 9 credits)

Any three semester-based courses at the 3000-level or 4000-level not already taken to meet other major requirements, except for 4998 and 4999.

  • Further BS Requirement (= 12 credits)

Any four semester-based courses from the following list:

PHIL 2600 Rational Decisions

PHIL 2820 Introduction to Cognitive Science

PHIL 4100 Philosophy of Language

PHIL 4110 Advanced Logic

PHIL 4120 Selected Topics in Logic

PHIL 4130 Probability and Induction

PHIL 4150 Formal Semantics

PHIL 4200 Metaphysics

PHIL 4210 Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 4400 Philosophy of Science

PHIL 4420 Philosophy of Biology

  • Philosophy Electives (= 9 credits)

Nine philosophy credits in any classes (excluding 4998 and 4999) not taken to meet other major requirements; but no more than three 1000-level philosophy courses may be used as philosophy electives.

 

Notes and Restrictions:

• A minor in another field is recommended, but not required. 

• At least one course in philosophy must be Writing Intensive.

• You must earn a grade of C- or above in every philosophy course you take, and not just an average of  C- or above in all your philosophy courses.

• In place of the foreign language requirement, students may take 12 hours of coursework at the 2000-level or higher in Mathematics, Statistics, Physical or Biological Sciences, Psychology, or Economics.
 

Minor in Philosophy: 15 hours total

The minor in philosophy requires 15 credits in philosophy, including at least 3 credits at the 4000-level and a further 3 credits at the 3000- or 4000-level.  Credits may be earned in any philosophy courses, except for PHIL 4998 and PHIL 4999. Note also that 9 of the 15 credits must be taken in MU course work.

Students considering a minor might want to consult the requirements for the philosophy major before selecting their courses, so as to leave open the option of upgrading to a major at some later date.

To declare a minor officially, complete and sign a philosophy minor form (right) and then drop it off at 326H Strickland Hall.  The Philosophy Department's Undergraduate Adviser, Kibby Smith, will sign the form and notify you via email when it ready for you to pick up. You then will need to carry the form to the College of Arts & Science Advising Office in 107 Lowry Hall.

Majoring with Departmental Honors

  • Philosophy GPA: 3.7; overall GPA 3.3
  • Philosophy Honors I and II in successive semesters
  • 3,000-9,000 word thesis essay

Oral examination on the thesis before Department faculty.

Contact

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Andrew Melnyk

To go over degree requirements and create a graduation plan, please set up a meeting with the department’s undergraduate advisor, Kibby Smith, through MU Connect.