Philosophy, B.A.

Program Code: PHIL_BA

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, a minimum of 124 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 25
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 24
Requirements for the Major 30

3 of the 24 credits for Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 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.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Foreign Language (0-12 credits): Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language. See the Placement Policy for Penn State Foreign Language Courses.

B.A. Fields (9 credits): Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (may not be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)

Other Cultures (0-3 credits): Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level9
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option21

Requirements for the Option

General Philosophy Option (21 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PHIL 12Symbolic Logic Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits in philosophy at the 00 or 100 level6
Select one of the following:3
Ancient Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
Medieval Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
Modern Philosophy: 1600-1800 Keystone/General Education Course
Nineteenth Century Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
Twentieth Century Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 400 level, in consultation with adviser9
Humanities and Arts Option (21 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PHIL 10Critical Thinking Keystone/General Education Course3
or PHIL 12 Symbolic Logic Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6 credits in philosophy at the 00 or 100 level6
Select one of the following:3
American Philosophy
European Philosophy
Seminar in Aesthetics
Philosophy of Literature
Seminar in Philosophy of Religion
The Interrelation of Science, Philosophy, and Religion
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level, in consultation with adviser6
Select 3 credits at the 400 level in a related arts or humanities discipline, in consultation with adviser3
Philosophy of Science and Mathematics Option (21 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PHIL 12Symbolic Logic Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits in philosophy at the 00 or 100 level6
Select one of the following:3
Technology and Human Values
Philosophy of Science
Epistemology
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Mind
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level, in consultation with adviser6
Select 3 credits at the 400 level in a mathematics or natural science discipline, in consultation with adviser3
Social Sciences Option (21 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PHIL 12Symbolic Logic Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits in philosophy at the 00 or 100 level6
Select one of the following:3
American Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Social Science
Epistemology
Feminist Philosophy
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level, in consultation with adviser6
Select 3 credits at the 400 level in social science, in consultation with adviser3
Professional Studies Option (21 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits in philosophy at the 00 or 100 level6
PHIL 10Critical Thinking Keystone/General Education Course3
or PHIL 12 Symbolic Logic Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Philosophy of Law
Seminar in Business Ethics
Seminar in Ethical Theory
Medical and Health Care Ethics
Ethics in Science and Engineering
The Interrelation of Science, Philosophy, and Religion
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits at the 400 level in a professional area outside philosophy, in consultation with adviser9
Justice, Law, and Values Option (21 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PHIL 105Philosophy of Law Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
PHIL 10Critical Thinking Keystone/General Education Course3
or PHIL 12 Symbolic Logic Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits in philosophy at the 00 or 100 level3
Select 3 credits in philosophy at the 400 level3
Select one of the following:3
Seminar in Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Seminar in Business Ethics
Technology and Human Values
Social and Political Philosophy
Seminar in Ethical Theory
Epistemology
Medical and Health Care Ethics
Ethics in Science and Engineering
Feminist Philosophy
Select two of the following:6
Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
The Post-World War II Civil Rights Movement
Rhetoric and Law Keystone/General Education Course
Law of Mass Communications
Constitutional History of the United States to 1877
Constitutional History of the United States Since 1877
Research Methods for Law and Government Information Resources
The Legislative Process
International Political Economy
Topics in Comparative Government and Institutions
Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Political Theories
Modern and Contemporary Political Theories
Legal Brief Writing
American Constitutional Law
The American Legal Process
Civil Liberties and Due Process
Sexual and Domestic Violence
Women and the Criminal Justice System

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
http://starfish.psu.edu
http://www.la.psu.edu/current-students/undergraduate-students/education/majors-and-minors

Suggested Academic plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

General Philosophy Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H31-100 level PHIL Course3
First Year Seminar3General Education Course3
World Language Level 14General Education Course3
1-100 level PHIL Course3World Language Level 24
General Education Quantification Course3General Education Quantification Course3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T3PHIL 12*3
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language Level 34General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Knowledge Domain Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
Concentration Course3Elective3
BA Other Cultures3Elective3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3Elective3
Elective3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:
All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

Humanities and Arts Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H31-100 level PHIL Course3
First Year Seminar3General Education Course3
World Language Level 14General Education Course3
Concentration Course*3World Language Level 24
General Education Quantification Course3General Education Quantification Course3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T3PHIL 12 or 10*3
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language Level 34General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Knowledge Domain Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3PHIL 401, 402, 409, 413, 424, or 435*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
4xx level in Humanities*3Elective3
BA Other Cultures3Elective3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3Elective3
Elective3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:
All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

Philosophy of Science and Mathematics Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H31-100 level PHIL Course3
First Year Seminar3General Education Course3
World Language Level 14General Education Course3
Concentration Course*3World Language Level 24
General Education Quantification Course3General Education Quantification Course3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T3PHIL 12*3
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language Level 34General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Knowledge Domain Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3PHIL 407, 410, 425W, 426W, or 427*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
4xx level in Mathematics and Science*3Elective3
BA Other Cultures3Elective3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3Elective3
Elective3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:
All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

Social Sciences Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H31-100 level PHIL Course3
First Year Seminar3General Education Course3
World Language Level 14General Education Course3
Concentration Course*3World Language Level 24
General Education Quantification Course3General Education Quantification Course3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T3PHIL 12*3
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language Level 34General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Knowledge Domain Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3PHIL 401, 408W, 416, 425W, or 438*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
4xx level in Social Sciences*3Elective3
BA Other Cultures3Elective3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3Elective3
Elective3General Education Health and Wellness1.5
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:
All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

Professional Studies Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H31-100 level PHIL Course3
First Year Seminar3General Education Course3
World Language Level 14General Education Course3
Concentration Course*3World Language Level 24
General Education Quantification Course3General Education Quantification Course3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T3PHIL 12 or 10*3
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language Level 34General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Knowledge Domain Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3PHIL 405, 406, 418, 432, 433, or 435*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
Concentration Course*3Elective3
BA Other Cultures3Elective3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3Elective3
Elective3General Education Health and Wellness1.5
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:
All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course. For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

Justice, Law, and Values Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H3PHIL 105*3
First Year Seminar3General Education Course3
World Language Level 14General Education Course3
Concentration Course*3World Language Level 24
General Education Quantification Course3General Education Quantification Course3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T3PHIL 12 or 10*3
Concentration Course*3Concentration Course*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
World Language Level 34General Education Course3
General Education Course3BA Knowledge Domain Course3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3PHIL 403, 405, 406, 407, 408W, 418, 425W, 432, 433, or 438*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Concentration Course*3AFAM 409, 465, CAS 321, COMM 402, HIST 449, HIST 450, LST 370, PLSC 403, PLSC 412, PLSC 431, PLSC 432, PLSC 471, PLSC 472, PLSC 473, PLSC 474, WMNST 423, or WMNST 453*3
BA Other Cultures3Elective3
BA Knowledge Domain Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Health and Wellness1.5
AFAM 409, 465, CAS 321, COMM 402, HIST 449, HIST 450, LST 370, PLSC 403, PLSC 412, PLSC 431, PLSC 432, PLSC 471, PLSC 472, PLSC 473, PLSC 474, WMNST 423, or WMNST 453*3 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts students must take 9 credits in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Fields (Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Arts; World Languages [2nd language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the 1st]; Natural Sciences; Quantification). The B.A. Fields courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. See your adviser and the Degree Requirements section of this Bulletin.

Bachelor of Arts students must take 3 credits in Other Cultures.
See your adviser and the full list of courses approved as Other Cultures courses.

Advising Note:
All incoming freshmen must take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) during Fall or Spring of their first year. Academic advisers can provide a list of FYS being offered and help the student enroll. Most FYS in the College of the Liberal Arts are worth 3 cr. and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course.  For this reason, the FYS is not listed separately on this eight-semester plan; most students will be able to fulfill the FYS requirement while also fulfilling a GH or GS requirement.

Career Paths

Students in the Philosophy major may choose to pursue one of several areas of concentration, including the history of philosophy, humanities and arts, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, professional studies, or justice, law and values. Each option is designed to prepare students to reach career or educational goals in its associated field.

Careers

Philosophy students learn the kinds of critical, interpretive, analytical, and argumentative skills highly prized by employers in a wide variety of fields, including publishing, non-profit work, consulting, information technology, law, business, education, journalism, medicine, and public service.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Philosophy students score consistently higher than other majors on LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT exams. The study of philosophy provides students with an outstanding preparation for law school, medical school, and other advanced degrees. For those students interested in pursuing graduate work in philosophy, our department has a strong record of placing its graduates into top-notch doctoral programs.

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Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
234 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-6397
npr109@psu.edu

http://philosophy.la.psu.edu/