Dec 09, 2023  
2012-2013 General Catalog 

Philosophy, B.A.

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General Education Core

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  • Core Course Requirements 16-17 credits
  • Knowledge Areas Requirements 16 credits

University Requirements

Degree Requirements

BA Degree - Foreign Language Requirement (16 credits or proficiency test)

Philosophy Curriculum Summary

Philosophy Major Requirements (36 credits)

Free Elective Courses (9 Credits)

  • 3 credits
  • PHIL 3011 - Philosophy of _____________(variable topic) 3 credits
  • PHIL 4900 - Special Topics 3 credits
  • PHIL 4910 - Independent Research  1 – 3 credits

Other Electives

  • Free Electives (includes completing minor) 32-33 credits

Total Credits, B.A. Degree: 120

Six Philosophy Requirements

  1. Language Emphasis Requirement:

    Each student is required to work with a philosophical text in the language that fulfills the BA language requirement. The BS majors must work in a formal language, math, logic, or a computer language. The major must coordinate with a philosophy faculty, and when necessary with a relevant language (or science) faculty. The major will produce a three to five page paper that demonstrates the language ability grounded in a philosophical text. This requirement will usually function as part of the Senior Seminar.
Emphasis I BS Analytic Minor in mathematics, computer science, or economics
Emphasis II BA Ancient or Medieval Arabic, Chinese, Greek, or Latin 
Emphasis III BA Modern or Contemporary Arabic, Chinese, Greek, or Latin 
Emphasis IV BA

Topics – Ethics, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics, or Epistemology

Any Language 


  1. Area Requirement:

    There are 24 units required to fulfill the area requirements. All philosophy majors must fulfill all areas:
Area I Logic 1250, and 3200
Area II Ethics and Politics 3500, and 3900
Area III Being and Knowledge 3300, and 3400
Area IV History of Philosophy 4110, and 4120


  1. Senior Seminar Requirement:

    All philosophy majors must take the Senior Seminar, PHIL 4010. The course is open to all philosophy majors, not just seniors. Prerequisite: Successful completion of one course in each area of the major. This course is offered every other year in the spring.
  2. Elective Units:

    There are 27 credit hours required in the core for the BA in philosophy. The remaining 9 credit hours may be selected from any remaining philosophy course.
  3. Grade requirement:

    Only philosophy courses with letter grades count. Only courses with a grade of C- or better may count for the major. The overall GPA in philosophy courses must be at least 2.00.
  4. Residence requirement:

    Some of the requirements fulfilled elsewhere may transfer to SUU and count toward the major. Such cases require the approval of the Chair. The senior seminar must be completed at SUU.


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