Bachelor of Arts, Major in Philosophy

Program Specific Requirements

The Philosophy Major requires 30 semester hours of course work in Philosophy. All majors are required to take:

Required Courses
PHIL 2303Critical Thinking3
or PHIL 2352 Introduction to Contemporary Logic
PHIL 3364Ancient & Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 3365Modern Philosophy3
21 hours of additional PHIL coursework21
Approved Minor (6 of which must be advanced)18
Total Hours48

It is suggested that students visit with their advisors in choosing a minor.

As of Fall 2009, only grades of C or above in Philosophy Program courses (those with the prefix PHIL) will count toward the major in Philosophy.

Note: In addition to advanced PHIL hours, students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42-advanced-hour requirement.

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Philosophy
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 23
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 33
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
Foreign Language first two courses8
Foreign Language second two courses6
Additional Fine Arts course (PHIL 3366 recommended) 43
Major Core
PHIL 2303Critical Thinking 33
or PHIL 2352 Introduction to Contemporary Logic
PHIL 3364Ancient & Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 3365Modern Philosophy3
Major
PHIL Coursework 521
Minor (required)18
Electives (PSYC 1301, World History, and World Literature recommended) 613
Total Hours117
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II13Component Area VIII63
Component Area IV23ENGL 130233
ENGL 130133HIST 130243
HIST 130143PHIL 2303 or 235273
POLS 230553POLS 230653
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area III4Component Area III4
Component Area V3Component Area IX1
PHIL 33643Minor3
WOLC 141184PHIL 33653
 WOLC 141284
 14 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Additional Fine Arts (PHIL 3366 recommended)93Minor6
Elective 10, 113PHIL Coursework126
Minor3WOLC 231183
PHIL Coursework123 
WOLC 231283 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Electives10, 119Component Area IX3
Minor: Advanced course3Electives10, 111
PHIL Coursework123Minor: Advanced course3
 PHIL Coursework 129
 15 16
Total Hours: 120

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

Students with a degree in Philosophy would graduate with the following skills,

  • A well-developed capacity for synthesizing information.
  • Strong critical thinking abilities.
  • The ability to communicate ideas in a clear and coherent way, in both written and oral mediums. 
  • A well-developed capacity to understand diverse perspectives.