Philosophy, BA

Philosophy is a basic field of inquiry. Its range encompasses ideas and issues in every domain of human experience, and its methods apply to problems of an unlimited variety. The major in philosophy can develop not only philosophical skill and sophistication but also critical thinking and writing abilities that are readily applicable to pursuits in other academic areas, useful in careers far removed from philosophy, and valuable in everyday social and personal life. The study of philosophy can profoundly affect both the thinking one does and the kind of person one is. 

There are varieties of concentrations of the philosophy major that students may choose from in accordance with their own backgrounds and interests. These include:

  • Philosophy generalist
    Offers students a maximum number of electives so they may choose in accordance with their own backgrounds and interests
  • Concentration in law and ethics 
    Focuses elective course work in the areas of law, social and political philosophy, and applied ethics
  • Concentration in ethics

      Focuses elective course work in the areas of ethical theory, applied ethics, and social and political philosophy

  • Concentration in religious studies
    Uses electives to explore a variety of both religious expressions and methods of inquiry
  • Combined majors in media and screen studies and philosophy, economics and philosophy, environmental studies and philosophy, political science and philosophy, English and philosophy, history and philosophy, computer science and philosophy, criminal justice and philosophy, and physics and philosophy
  • The half major template in philosophy can be used by students to create their own combined majors.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

Concentrations

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Philosophy Major Credit Requirement

Complete 36 semester hours in the major.

Upper-Division Electives

Complete three general electives at 3000 level or above that do not double-count with the major or NUpath.

General Electives

Additional courses taken beyond college and major course requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required


Philosophy Generalist

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
Philosophy Advanced Elective/Seminar
Complete three of the following courses with one at the 4000 or 5000 level:12
Existentialism
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Mind
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Philosophy of Economics
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics
Additional Electives
Complete three additional courses in philosophy and religion.12

 Concentration in Law and Ethics

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
Philosophy Advanced Elective/Seminar
Complete two of the following courses with one at the 4000 or 5000 level:8
Existentialism
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Mind
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Philosophy of Economics
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics
Ethics-Related Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Introduction to Contemporary Moral Issues
Introduction to World Religions
Debating Ethical Controversies
Understanding the Bible
Ethics: East and West
Technology and Human Values
Introduction to Economic Justice
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
Business Ethics
Environmental Ethics
The Ethics of Food
Research Ethics
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
The Problem of Evil in Film
Science Fiction and Film: Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Analysis
Ethics and Evolutionary Games
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Social and Political Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Cults and Sects
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Philosophy of Economics
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics
Law-Related Electives
Complete two courses from social science departments. These courses are to be chosen in consultation with the department:8
Politics of Poverty
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Criminal Due Process
Criminology
Criminal Law
Youth Crime and Justice
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Political Crime and Terrorism
Public Finance
Money and Banking
History of Economic Thought
Rhetoric of Law
Globalization and International Affairs
International Conflict and Negotiation
The First Amendment and the Media
Introduction to Law
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties
Sociology of Violence
Sociology of Poverty
Environment and Society
Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs
Law and Society in a Digital World

Concentration in Ethics

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
Philosophy Advanced Elective/Seminar
Complete two of the following courses with one at the 4000 or 5000 level:8
Existentialism
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Mind
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Philosophy of Economics
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics
Ethics Courses
Complete four of the following:16
Introduction to Contemporary Moral Issues
Introduction to World Religions
Debating Ethical Controversies
Understanding the Bible
Ethics: East and West
Technology and Human Values
Introduction to Economic Justice
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
Business Ethics
Environmental Ethics
The Ethics of Food
Research Ethics
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
The Problem of Evil in Film
Science Fiction and Film: Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Analysis
Ethics and Evolutionary Games
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Social and Political Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Cults and Sects
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Philosophy of Economics
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics

Concentration in Religious Studies

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
Philosophy Advanced Elective/Seminar
Complete two of the following courses with one at the 4000 or 5000 level:8
Existentialism
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Mind
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Philosophy of Economics
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics
Religious Studies Courses
Complete three of the following:12
Goddesses, Witches, Saints, and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
Introduction to Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Ethics: East and West
Understanding the Bible
The Meaning of Death
Sound, Music, and Religion
Image and Icon in South Asia
Jesus in the Gospels, American Culture, and the Movies
Apocalypticism in Film
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Jainism
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Islam, Gender, and Fashion
Jewish Religion and Culture
American Judaism
Modern Judaism
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Religious Perspectives on Health and Healing
From Vodou and the Rastas to Afro-Islam: African Religions in the Americas
The Problem of Evil in Film
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Mysticism
The Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism from the Zohar to Madonna
Exploring the Jewish Diaspora—From Mountain Jews to Crypto-Jews
Biblical Prophets and Their Interpreters
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Interpreting the Bible
Responses to the Holocaust
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Culture in Indian Cinema
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Cults and Sects
Asian Religions in the United States
Ramayana
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Advanced Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Major Figures in Religious Studies
Topics in Religious Studies
Directed Study
Comparative Religious Ethics

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114PHIL undergraduate elective4  
PHIL 11014Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Foreign language core course4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
Elective4PHIL 23304  
PHIL 23254Elective4  
Elective4PHIL undergraduate elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Elective4Elective4Co-op0
 PHIL 1215 or PHIL 11154Elective4 
 Advanced philosophy elective4  
 ENGW 33154  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Elective4Elective4Co-op0
 Philosophy seminar4Upper-division elective4 
 PHIL undergraduate elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Elective4  
 PHIL undergraduate elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 129

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114PHIL undergraduate elective4  
PHIL 11014Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Foreign language core course4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Elective4  Elective4
PHIL 23254   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PHIL 23304  PHIL undergraduate elective4
Upper-division elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHIL 1215 or PHIL 11154   
Advanced philosophy elective4   
ENGW 33154   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Elective4Elective4  
Philosophy seminar4PHIL undergraduate elective4  
PHIL undergraduate elective4Upper-division elective4  
Upper-division elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129

Philosophy with Concentration in Law and Ethics, BA

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114Moral and political elective4  
PHIL 11014Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Foreign language core course4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
Elective4PHIL 23304  
PHIL 23254Elective4  
Elective4Law-related elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Elective4Elective4Co-op0
 PHIL 1215 or PHIL 11154Elective4 
 PHIL 34354  
 ENGW 33154  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Elective4Elective4Co-op0
 Moral and political elective4Upper-division elective4 
 Law-related elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Elective4  
 Philosophy seminar4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 129

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114Moral and political elective4  
PHIL 11014Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Foreign language core course4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Elective4  Elective4
PHIL 23254   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PHIL 23304  Elective4
Law-related elective4   
Upper-division elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHIL 1215 or PHIL 11154   
PHIL 34354   
ENGW 33154   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Elective4Elective4  
Moral and political elective4Philosophy seminar4  
Law-related elective4Upper-division elective4  
Upper-division elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129

Philosophy with Concentration in Religious Studies, BA

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114Religious studies elective4  
PHIL 11014Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
Foreign language core course4PHIL 23304  
PHIL 23254Elective4  
Elective4Religious studies elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Elective4Elective4Co-op0
 PHIL 1215 or PHIL 11154Elective4 
 PHIL 34354  
 ENGW 33154  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Elective4Elective4Co-op0
 Philosophy elective4Upper-division elective4 
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Elective4  
 Religious studies seminar4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 129

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114Religious studies elective4  
PHIL 11014Foreign language core course4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Foreign language core course4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Elective4  Elective4
PHIL 23254   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PHIL 23304  Elective4
Religious studies elective4   
Upper-division elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHIL 1215 or PHIL 11154   
PHIL 34354   
ENGW 33154   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Elective4Elective4  
Philosophy seminar4Religious studies seminar4  
Upper-division elective4Upper-division elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129