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Philosophy: Legal-Political-Social Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for Philosophy

Major: Philosophy Concentration: Legal-Political-Social Studies Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major Requirements (18 credits)

Requires grades of C or higher

PHH3100 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3 Credits)

PHH3400 Modern Philosophy (3 Credits)

PHI3601 Ethics (3 Credits)


  • PHI 3300 Introduction to Epistemology
  • PHI 3500 Introduction to Metaphysics

PHI3130 (GM) Symbolic Logic (3 Credits)

Or take another Logic course
PHI (3000/4000)

PHI4935 Philosophy Seminar (3-4 Credits)

Major Electives (15 credits)

Select at least 12 hours from the following track courses. The remaining 3 hours may be selected from the track or any other approved philosophy course except the foreign culture courses.
At least 6 hours of electives must be at the 4000 level.
No more than 15 hours of transfer credit may be used.
Only 3 hours of PHI 4905 may be used in the major.
Grades of C or higher required in courses used toward the major.

  • PHI 3120 The Greek Experience, PHI 3071 The Japanese Mind and PHI 3930 Germany Today or other foreign culture courses may not be used as electives in the philosophy major.


  • PHI 3632 Ethics of Sex & Gender
  • PHI 3670 Moral Conflict
  • PHI 3930 ST: Philosophy
  • PHI 4420 Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • PHI 4905 Directed Individual Study
  • PHI 4930 Topics in Philosophy
  • PHM 3050 Ethical Issues/Death & Dying
  • PHM 3100 Social Philosophy
  • PHM 3304 Political Philosophy
  • PHM 3362 Global Justice
  • PHM 3361 Philosophy of Democracy
  • PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law
  • PHM 4340 Contemporary Political Philosophy



Minor Required

A minor is required for this major.*
The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.
See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 hrs of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your advisor to declare a minor.
*(Double majors are exempt from a minor.)

Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures

All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete the foreign language or foreign culture requirement with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or American Sign Language.
  • Part 1 of languages are typically offered in the fall and part 2 in the spring.
  • Incoming Students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy this requirement by earning a "C" or better in a French or Spanish at the level at which they placed.
  • Students who choose this option may also be eligible for a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 credits of retroactive credit if they complete with a "C" or above in a 3000 level French or Spanish course.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, although in this case placement will be determined by the professor of the program.

FC Foreign Culture Option

  • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
  • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
  • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.

Free Electives (4 credits)

ELECTIVES 4 HOURS (3000/4000)

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).