Bachelor of Arts
Departmental Goals and Objectives
The Philosophy Department at UIS strives to be a national leader in offering advanced undergraduate education online while serving the entire UIS student population, undergraduate and graduate. The curriculum focuses on the areas of core analytic philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, and related areas) and values (ethics, aesthetics, and political philosophy) while providing a sound background in the history of philosophy.
The objectives of the Philosophy major include providing students with basic knowledge in the main areas of philosophy (theory of knowledge, values, and history of philosophy); increasing their awareness of ethical issues; improving their analytical skills; and assisting them in developing problem-solving experience in at least one of the main areas of philosophy.
Individualized Graduate Degree
Graduate students can enroll in 400- and 500-level philosophy courses. While 500-level courses are open only to graduate students, in exceptional circumstances advanced undergraduate students may petition to be admitted. Graduate students enrolled in 400-level classes are required to complete additional assignments, and should identify themselves to the instructor at the beginning of the course.
Through the Liberal and Integrative Studies Department (LNT), graduate students can pursue an individualized degree that includes philosophy as its major component. Philosophy faculty will assist these students in developing a learning proposal and establishing a degree committee. For details, consult the Liberal and Integrative Studies Graduate section of this catalog.