2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2019-20 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, BA

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About the Program

Apply Now What is there, what do we know, and how are we to live?  Philosophy is the systematic investigation of perennial human questions about the nature of reality, the limits of knowledge, and the foundations of value.

Courses in philosophy develop a variety of skills that contribute to professional success, engaged citizenship, and a well-rounded life.  These include analytical thinking, abstract reasoning, and creative problem-solving, abilities useful in every career.  Philosophy also fosters the ability to build and critique an argument (a skill valued highly by law schools); clarity in written and oral communication; and increased awareness of diverse solutions to social, political, and ethical problems.  If you want to learn how to think rather than what to think, philosophy is the field of study for you!

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400, and all Foreign Language and Philosophy courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

CHESS College Core (36 Credits)

  • Modern Language (12 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • United States Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .

Other Required Courses (24 Credits)

  • One Math, Statistics, Science, or Computer Course (3 Credits) - any MA (except MA 11500), STAT, SCI, or CIS Course
  • One course from the Experiential Learning Course List  (3 Credits)
  • Free Electives (18 Credits)

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400, and all Foreign Language and Philosophy courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Modern Language – Must complete 4 semesters of the same modern language. Level I Course: Choose from: SPAN 10100, FR 10100, GER 10100, or JPNS 10100; Level II Course: Choose from: SPAN 10200, FR 10200, GER 10200, or JPNS 10200; Level III Course: Choose from: SPAN 20100, FR 20100, GER 20100, or JPNS 20100; Level IV Course: Choose from: SPAN 20200, FR 20200, GER 20200, or JPNS 20200.

Note 2: Additional Math, Statistics, Science or Computer Course - Choose any MA (except MA 11500), STAT, SCI, or CIS course.

Note 3: This may be a free elective if students have taken PHIL 11100 to satisfy the Major Core “Ethics” requirement.

Note 4: Philosophy Elective / Advanced Topics in Philosophy - Students must take at least two PHIL 49000 (preferably in semesters 6, 7 or 8).  If a PHIL 49000 course is used to satisfy a philosophy major requirement in Logic, Ethics, Metaphysics/Epistemology, or History of Philosophy, then an additional philosophy class must be taken as a philosophy elective.

Note 5: One free elective must be an EXL course.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

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For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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