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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog
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The Department of Philosophy (PHL)

While fostering original thought and encouraging logical precision, an open-minded attitude toward new and unusual ideas, and a commitment to responsible criticism, the Department of Philosophy offers a major and minor in philosophy and co-sponsors a minor in civic engagement and leadership.

Philosophy Major (BA)

Department of Philosophy, 336 ten Hoor Hall

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in philosophy must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in philosophy requires successful completion of the following 30 semester hours:

Courses Hours
PHL 101 or PHL 103 3
PHL 201 3
PHL 251 3
PHL electives 300 or 400 level 12
PHL electives 9
Total 30

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. This major does not require ancillary courses.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

Special opportunities. The philosophy department honors program is designed for students who wish to pursue a philosophical topic further than the seminar format permits. It also provides recognition for both having done a greater proportion of classes at the advanced level and for sustained outstanding achievement in all courses. Students graduating with honors in philosophy must complete 36 hours in philosophy with 18 hours at the 300 or 400 level and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all philosophy courses and a minimum GPA of 3.3 overall. A philosophy honors student must also write a senior essay on a philosophical topic and defend it during an oral examination. A student who is enrolled in the University Honors Program can count his senior essay in philosophy as completing the honors thesis in that program.

Mind and brain concentration. Students majoring in philosophy who are interested in philosophical questions regarding the nature and functioning of the mind, of consciousness, and of the brain can choose a sequence of courses in the mind and brain concentration. These students should choose the philosophy electives from the following: PHL 252, PHL 354, and PHL 380, related topics.

Prelaw concentration. Students majoring in philosophy who are considering careers in law or politics and who need to enhance preparation for the LSAT can choose a sequence of courses in the prelaw concentration. These students should choose the philosophy electives from the following: PHL 220, PHL 225, PHL 226, PHL 227, and PHL 412.

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