Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Philosophy B.A.

Philosophy is at the core of the liberal arts. Our program offers a wide variety of discussion based seminars in both Western and Non-Western philosophy. Working with primary texts, we help students to develop their critical thinking and writing skills. Our courses concentrate on issues which are relevant to students' lives such as how to live, the nature of justice, the role of reason and emotion in a good life and the meaning and role of art in our lives.

After graduation our students have gone on to graduate school, law school, the Peace Corps, non profit organizations and private industry.

Degree Requirements

Areas A-E (See Core section of the Catalog) (42 semester hours)

Area F (18 semester hours)

PHIL 2010Survey of Philosophy


PHIL 2250Logic and Critical Thinking


Foreign Language

0 - 9

any 1000-2000 level course in ARTS, ECON, HIST, IDST, MUSC, POLS, PSYC, RHET, SOCI, or THEA


PHIL 2010: unless already completed in Area C

Foreign Language: must show competence at the level of the fourth university course (FREN, GRMN, ITAL or SPAN 2002 Intermediate Readings)

Notes: A course taken to satisfy an Area F requirement may not also be counted to satisfy a Major Requirement. Any transfer student who has not completed the courses in Area F, or their equivalents, must take these courses at GC.

Major Requirements (24 semester hours)

9 hours chosen from three of the five areas below:

PHIL 4410Ethical Theory



a PHIL special topics course in this area

PHIL 4320Epistemology



PHIL 4330Metaphysics



a PHIL special topics course in area

Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 4340Social & Political Philosophy



a PHIL special topics course in this area

History of Philosophy
a PHIL course in this area to be chosen with advisor approval

Philosophy of Art
a PHIL course in this area to be chosen with advisor approval

Successful completion of a senior capstone experience

PHIL majors can choose, with advisor approval

PHIL 4920Senior Seminar



PHIL 4970Senior Thesis


Major electives (12 hours)

Additional courses in Philosophy (PHIL) at the 3000-4000 level not counted in another major area

One 3-hour course from a related discipline may be counted as a major elective, with the approval of the department chair and advisor

Total Credit Hours: 120

Degree Requirements (0-12 semester hours)

Students must show competence in a foreign language at the level of the fourth university course (2002). (0-12 hours)

Other Requirements

  • A grade of C or better must be earned in each course that counts toward major requirements and in the senior capstone.
  • A minimum of 39 hours overall must be at the 3000-4000 level.
  • The first-year academic seminar must be completed with a satisfactory grade. Students who transfer to GCSU are exempt from this requirement.
  • Exit Survey / Information
  • Portfolio of papers to include Senior Thesis