Philosophy, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
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About This Degree

The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers a degree in philosophy. This degree prepares students for careers in law, business, teaching, communications, writing, religious studies, and public affairs. Continued study may lead to a master’s or doctoral degree in Philosophy or in related disciplines including science, education, public administration, law, and international relations.


Education Co-Majors

Philosophy is an approved co-major for the following undergraduate education majors:

  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood with Special Education

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major ideas, questions, methods, and arguments in the core areas of philosophy in the context of philosophy's major historical periods.
  2. Engage in the close critical but charitable reading and interpretation of philosophical texts, and express ideas and arguments clearly in written and/or oral communication.
  3. Demonstrate strong critical thinking and problem solving skills by applying the tools of informal and formal logic to identify, construct, analyze, evaluate, and respond to arguments.
  4. Discuss questions of value rationally, clearly, humbly, and with an open mind.


Requirements for completion of the major can be found at the link below. Students who are taking the old General Studies Program should consult an adviser in the Philosophy/Religion Department for suitable course substitutions.