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Philosophy - BA


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Communication Studies and Philosophy

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  • For more information about Philosophy, please see the Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that this plan is only a general guideline and that student-specific plans may differPlease make sure to consult regularly with your departmental advisor to confirm what courses will be available and to work out your plan of study.
  • Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor. Current students should also meet with an academic advisor and log on to Degree Works  to check student-specific program progress.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is Quantitative Literacy (QL)  course of the student’s choice.

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.50 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3    
PHIL 1000: Introduction to Philosophy (BHU)   3     Breadth Requirement 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Breadth Requirement 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Breadth Requirement 3  
Foreign Language Course 4   Foreign Language Course 4  
TOTAL CREDITS: 16   TOTAL CREDITS: 16  

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Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

PHIL 1120: Social Ethics (BHU)  or PHIL 2400: Ethics (BHU)   3  or 3     PHIL 1250: Practical Logic (BHU)  or PHIL 2200: Deductive Logic (QI)   3  or 3    
PHIL 3100: Ancient Philosophy (CI)  or PHIL 3110: Medieval Philosophy   3  or 3     PHIL 3120: Early Modern Philosophy (CI)  or PHIL 3150: Kant and the Nineteenth Century (CI)   3  or 3    
Quantitative Literacy (QL) Course   3   Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)  or PHIL 4530: Ethics and Biotechnology (DSC)  could fill DSC requirement 3 or 3    
Depth Social Sciences (DSS) Course   3   Elective Course 3  
Foreign Language Course 4   Foreign Language Course 4  
TOTAL CREDITS: 16   TOTAL CREDITS: 16  

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Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

PHIL 2200: Deductive Logic (QI)  or Quantitative Intensive (QI) Course   3  or 3   PHIL 4300: Epistemology (DHA)  or PHIL 4400: Metaphysics  or PHIL 4310: Philosophy of Science (DHA)  or PHIL 4410: Philosophy of Mind (DHA)   3  or 3  or 3  or 3    
PHIL Upper-Division Elective Course 3   Upper-Division Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Upper-Division Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

PHIL 4910: Readings and Research  

(This course cannot count more than twice toward major or minor)

1-4     PHIL 4990: Philosophy Capstone Seminar  or PHIL 4910: Readings and Research   3  or 1-4   Philosophy Senior Project Options
Upper-Division Elective Course 3   Upper-Division Elective Course 3  
Upper-Division Elective Course 3   Upper-Division Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 13-16   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

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Students must complete the General Education Requirements .

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Major Requirements (30 credits)


  • Total Credits: 30
  • Grade Point Average to declare Philosophy Major: 2.5 Overall GPA
  • Grade Point Average to graduate with Philosophy Major: 2.5 GPA within major coursework
  • Credits in Residence: At least half (50 percent) of the credits earned for these degrees must be completed in upper-division USU courses offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. All other credits (including transfer and study abroad credits) must be approved by the Philosophy faculty in order to be counted towards these degrees.​
  • Minimum Grade Requirement: All courses taken for the major require a minimum grade of C- or better. Up to 6 pass/fail credits in philosophy courses may be applied toward the Philosophy major.

Meeting University Studies Requirements:


Several philosophy courses meet USU’s University Studies requirements:

PHIL 1000 , PHIL 1120 , PHIL 1320 , or PHIL 2400  will fulfill the Breadth Humanities (BHU)  requirement.  

PHIL 3100 , PHIL 3120 , PHIL 3150 , and PHIL 3180  will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI)  requirement (two CIs must be taken).

PHIL 2200  will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI)  requirement.

PHIL 4530  will fulfill the Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)  requirement.

For example: a student who takes PHIL 1000 , PHIL 2200 , PHIL 3100 , PHIL 3120 , PHIL 3820 , and PHIL 4530  (or ADVS 3200 ) has met the BHU, QI, CI, DHA, and DSC requirements.

Students must also be sure to meet the requirements for Communication Literacy (CL) , Quantitative Literacy (QL) , and for Breadth (BAI , BCA , BLS , BPS , and BSS ), as well as the Depth Social Sciences (DSS)  requirement. Students should meet with an advisor for further details.

B. Elective Courses (15 credits)


Choose five additional philosophy courses not already taken above. Four of the courses must be at the upper-division level (3000 or higher).

C. Philosophy Senior Thesis (Optional)


Philosophy majors are strongly encouraged, but not required, to write a thesis in their senior year. Writing a thesis develops skills of great value for graduate school or professional work. It also provides an excellent “capstone experience”, pulling together all the skills students have learned. For further details, students should meet with their faculty advisor. This option will be included in the “Elective Courses” area of the major.

D. Bachelor of Arts Requirement


To receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, students must complete the foreign language requirement. See Bachelor of Arts requirements shown below.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement


A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
    OR
  • Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
    OR
  • Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
    OR
  • Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  • Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
    OR
  • TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Related Programs


  • Philosophy Major BS: 30 credits
  • Philosophy Major, Ethics Concentration BA/BS: 30 credits
  • Philosophy Minor: 18 credits