Bachelor of Art in Philosophy
The study of philosophy is excellent preparation for graduate study, professional school, seminary, and any career path in which clear thought and expression are valued. It cultivates skill in clear thinking and writing, in logical criticism, and it increases the power and discipline of the imagination. But more importantly, the study of philosophy is of intrinsic value. Philosophy deepens and intensifies engagement with fundamental questions regarding the self, others and the world that arise in everyday life. The Philosophy Department at Auburn pursues the study of philosophy both historically and analytically, exposing students to the great philosophers and philosophies of the past and of the present. The Department teaches high standards of reading and writing and conversation. It expects students to become adept at criticizing the view of others and their own views. Relevant lessons are taught in the classroom, in informal discussion, in colloquia and in the Philosophy Club. The Department sees its faculty and students as philosophers working together to become better philosophers.
Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in philosophy from the Career Center’s Pathways.
Minor in Philosophy
Requirement for minors:
15 hours of PHIL beyond courses taken in the University Core Curriculum, including at least 12 hours above the 1000 level and 9 hours above the 2000 level.
Minor in Philosophy and Religion
- 15 hours of classes as follows (these are in addition to the 3 hours of philosophy required by the University Core requirements):
- PHIL 1080 or 3300 (3)
- 12 hours of coursework from the following list: ANTH 2700, ENGL 3360, HIST 3040, MUSI 3510, PHIL 1080, 3340, 3500, 3700, 3740, POLI 3390, 3560, any RELG, or any course approved by the program director
Careers in Philosophy
- Medical Ethics
- Public Policy
Curriculum in Philosophy
|Core Math||3||Core Social Science||3|
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||Core Fine Arts||3|
|Core History||3||Core Philosophy||3|
|Foreign Language I (College Core)||4||Foreign Language II (College Core)||4|
|ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|Core Social Science||3||Core Science II||4|
|Core Science I||4||Core History to complete sequence||3|
|Courses from Part 3: 1000- or 2000-Level Topics in Philosophy2||3||Courses from Part 2: History of Philosophy1||3|
|Core Literature||3||PHIL 3110 Symbolic Logic||3|
|LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation||2||Elective||3|
|Courses from Part 2: History of Philosophy1||6||Electives||9|
|COMM 1000 Public Speaking2||3||Courses from Part 3: Topics in Philosophy2||6|
|3000/4000-level PHIL electives||3||3000/4000-level philosophy electives||3|
|PHIL 4970 Special Topics4||3||PHIL 4970 Special Topics4||3|
|UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation||0|
|Total Hours: 120|
Part 3: Topics in Philosophy Courses - Every 1000-Level PHIL course, PHIL 2970, every 3000-Level PHIL course (except for PHIL 3110 and courses in Part 2 above).
COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.
The Philosophy Senior Seminar is PHIL 4970, and topics will be determined by the faculty member teaching the course.
Last Updated: July 14, 2016