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Philosophy B.A.

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 38
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The philosophy program provides an environment in which students receive rich, well-rounded instruction in philosophy, whose pursuit is essential to a liberal arts education. Objectives--UMM's philosophy curriculum offers coursework in all major subfields of philosophy: the history of philosophy, metaphysics and logic, epistemology, and values. As a field of study, philosophy is at the core of a liberal arts education, as its skills encourage independent thought and interdisciplinary, integrated inquiry. Specifically, UMM's philosophy program offers students the opportunity to: * explore philosophy's fundamental questions and proposed answers; * cultivate their own philosophical powers, which include creativity, sensitivity, intellectual courage, open-mindedness and critical-mindedness, logical rigor, and analytical precision; * join the great conversation by contributing their own considered insights; * hone their ability to speak and write effectively.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
PHIL 1101 - Introduction to Philosophy [HUM] (4.0 cr)
or PHIL 1801 - THINK: An Introduction to Philosophy [IC] (4.0 cr)
PHIL 2101 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
PHIL 2111 - Introductory Ethics [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Core Courses
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PHIL 3101 - Metaphysics [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3121 - Political Philosophy [SS] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3141 - The Theory of Knowledge [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3151 - History of Ancient Philosophy [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3171 - History of Modern Philosophy [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4111 - Ethical Theory [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Advanced Seminar
One 49xx course from the following:
PHIL 4902 - Advanced Seminar in History of Philosophy [HUM] (4.0 cr)
or PHIL 4903 - Advanced Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology [HUM] (4.0 cr)
or PHIL 4904 - Advanced Seminar in Value Theory [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PHIL 2112 - Professional Ethics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2113 - International and Biomedical Ethics [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2114 - Environmental Ethics [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2121 - Philosophy of Religion [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2141 - Analytic Feminism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2151 - Philosophy of Mind [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2161 - Philosophy and Film [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2162 - Ethics of Love and Sex [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3112 - Free Will [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3131 - Philosophy of Law [SS] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3162 - The Scottish Enlightenment: Markets, Minds, and Morals [IP] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4000 - History of Philosophy Seminar [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4002 - Existentialism [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4100 - Moral Issues and Theories [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4121 - Philosophy of Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4130 - Contemporary Issues in Philosophy [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4131 - Personal Identity, Proper Names, and Essences [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Additional 4xxx Elective
One additional 4xxx course exclusive of those used to meet other major requirements or electives.
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PHIL 4xxx
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