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Liberal Arts

Philosophy (PHIL) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 1998
End Date: Summer Session 2005

Philosophy - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (PHIL)

PROFESSOR JOHN P. CHRISTMAN, Interim Head of the Department

This major provides in-depth study of fundamental issues that inescapably confront all persons. Topics include ethics, social and political philosophy, and esthetics--study of the good life, justice, and beauty; metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion--study of the nature of reality, mind, body, and the meaning of life and death; epistemology, philosophy of science, and logic--study of the nature of knowledge, truth, objectivity, and principles of sound reasoning; and subjects such as comparative philosophies and world cultures, feminist theory, and philosophical issues in technology, language, education, and the professions of law, business, medicine, communications, engineering, and agriculture. These studies enhance imaginative, interpretive, analytical, critical, and communicative capacities. Majors thus may acquire intellectual abilities crucial for self-fulfillment, responsible participation in public life, and success in a wide range of careers--including law, business, education, journalism, medicine, and public service.

Majors pursued concentration in history of philosophy; humanities and arts; philosophy of science and mathematics; social sciences; the professions; or value studies. This is combined easily with minors, area studies, and concurrent majors. Qualified students participate in honors study and internships.

GENERAL PHILOSOPHY OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in the history of western philosophy and the historical development and impact of philosophical ideas and issues--from the ancient to the contemporary period. It is designed for all students who seek a broad liberal education, including students interested in graduate study in philosophy.

HUMANITIES AND ARTS OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in the arts, art history, literature, languages, history and religion. It is designed for all students primarily interested in the philosophical dimensions of the arts, humanities, and cultural studies, including students with career or further educational goals in these fields.

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in the life sciences, the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology. It is designed for all students primarily interested in the philosophical dimensions of the natural sciences, technology, and mathematics, including students with career or further educational goals in these fields.

SOCIAL SCIENCES OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in the social sciences, social and political theory, and education. It is designed for all students primarily interested in the philosophical dimensions of social thought and methodological and normative issues in the social sciences, educational theory, and public policy, including students with career or further educational goals in these fields.

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues and dimensions in the theory and practice of the professions of agriculture, business, engineering, journalism, law, and medicine and health care. It is designed for all students seeking a foundation in the philosophical dimensions of these professions, including students who wish to combine humanistic study with career or further educational goals in these fields.

VALUE STUDIES OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in aesthetics, ethics, jurisprudence, religious thought, social and political theory, and everyday life. It is designed for students primarily interested in fundamental and practical questions of value in human existence, careers, and communities, including students with career or further educational goals in this area.

For the B.A. degree in Philosophy, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 25 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 30 credits[1]

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 9 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
PHIL 012 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in philosophy at the 100 level (Sem: 1-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 21 credits

GENERAL PHILOSOPHY OPTION: (21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
PHIL 200(3), PHIL 202(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from PHIL 201, PHIL 203, PHIL 204 (Sem: 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 400 level, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)

HUMANITIES AND ARTS OPTION: (21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 402, PHIL 409, PHIL 413, PHIL 422, PHIL 424, PHIL 429, PHIL 435 (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level and 3 credits at the 400 level in a related arts or humanities discipline, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS OPTION: (21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 407, PHIL 410, PHIL 412, PHIL 417, PHIL 425, PHIL 426, PHIL 427 (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level and 3 credits at the 400 level in a mathematics or natural science discipline, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)

SOCIAL SCIENCES OPTION: (21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 401, PHIL 408, PHIL 415, PHIL 416, PHIL 425, PHIL 438 (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level and 3 credits at the 400 level in social science, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES OPTION: (21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 405, PHIL 406, PHIL 418, PHIL 423, PHIL 431, PHIL 432, PHIL 433, PHIL 435 (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits at the 400 level in a professional area outside philosophy, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)

VALUE STUDIES OPTION: (21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 401, PHIL 403, PHIL 405, PHIL 407, PHIL 408, PHIL 409, PHIL 424, PHIL 435, PHIL 438 (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level in value studies and 3 credits at the 400 level in another discipline in value studies, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1998

Blue Sheet Item #: 26-06-064A

Review Date: 01/21/05

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