Sep 27, 2023  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Philosophy, B.S.

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General Education Core

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

University Requirements

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the Experiential Education Requirement courses for graduation.

Experiential Education Requirement - EDGE Program (1-3 Credits)

Complete One Track:

Original Project Track (3 Credits)

Students create a project of their own design

Select Project Track (2 Credits)

Students select a project from the designated list

Degree Requirements

Minor in Math, Economics, or Computer Science: 18-21 credits maximum
(Exact number depends on which courses students select for Core and Knowledge Area Requirements)

Other Electives

  • Free Electives as approved by the Advisor may be taken to complete BA/BS degree requirements to reach 120 total credits.


Total Credits, B.S. 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 member, and when necessary with a relevant language (or science) faculty member. 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 PHIL 1250  and PHIL 3200  
Area II Ethics and Politics PHIL 3500  and PHIL 3700  
Area III Being and Knowledge PHIL 3300  and PHIL 3400  
Area IV History of Philosophy PHIL 4110  and PHIL 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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