The Bachelor’s Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy is offered online and on-campus. Courses for the degree can be taken entirely online within two years. Students who take the major on-campus may need to take some classes online. Online students must apply to the program. The admission process to the online major takes quality and diversity into account.


Students should consult with their academic advisor for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements.

Three Main Areas of Study

Students must take a minimum of two classes in the following three areas: 1) core analytical philosophy, 2) history of philosophy, and 3) values.

  1. In order to gain analytical skills, students must take at least two classes (eight hours) in the area of core philosophy, such as philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and analytical metaphysics.

  2. In order to gain a comprehensive outlook on the history of philosophy, students must take one class in ancient and medieval philosophy (such as PHI 421) and one class in the history of modern philosophy (such as PHI 425) or department approved comprehensive equivalents of at least seven credit hours.

  3. In order to gain familiarity with value theory, students are required to take at least two classes (at least eight hours) in the areas of ethics, aesthetics, or political philosophy. This includes at least one course devoted specifically to ethics, satisfied by PHI 242 or PHI 341 or PHI 447  or an equivalent approved by the department.

Area of Specialization

Currently, students may specialize in the area of core analytic philosophy or in the area of values. In addition to the eight hours required of all majors, students specializing in either core analytic philosophy (Area 1) or values (Area 3) must take one advanced class in the area of specialization and a senior seminar associated with the chosen area of specialization. Students should note that advanced courses have at least four hours of Area 1 or Area 3 courses as prerequisites.

Philosophy Electives

In order to gain a broad philosophical perspective, every student needs to take four hours of philosophy electives (an extra class in any area of philosophy, including topics not covered in the main major, such as continental, feminist, or Asian philosophy; American pragmatism; or philosophy of religion).

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
Matriculation module 1 0
Logic/Critical Thinking
PHI 301 Critical Thinking (or equivalent transfer course) 4
or PHI 401 Logic
Area 1 (Core Analytical Philosophy)
Select eight hours from the following: 8
Person, Identity, and Dignity
Topics in Analytic Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Metaphysics of Things
Area 2 (History of Philosophy)
Select two of the following: 8
Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy
Readings in the History of Philosophy
Area 3 (Values) 2
Select eight hours from the following: 8
Ethics, Love & Goals of Life
Contemporary American Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Art
Moral Theory
Applied Ethics:Computer Ethics
Rationality and Moral Choice
Moral Values in Political Philosophy
Topics in Normative Philosophy
Social Philosophy
Philosophy Elective 4
Any PHI class
Advanced class in specialization
Select one of the following: 4
Topics in Normative Philosophy
Topics in Analytic Philosophy
Readings in the History of Philosophy
Philosophy of Language
Metaphysics of Things
Social Philosophy
Capstone 4
Senior Seminar in Philosophy
Total Hours 40

NOTE: Students may have seven hours in any or all of Areas 1, 2, 3, and three hours in the elective, with additional hours in another area.