B.A. in Philosophy

 students at IU South BendBachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy

4-Year Degree Plan (Sample)

Academic Advising

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Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

Students receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • The IU South Bend campuswide general-education curriculum (33-39 cr.)
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts additional requirements (14-23 cr.)
  • Major concentration and elective requirements.
  • The Required Minor (15-18 cr.) taken in any campus school or interdisciplinary program.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.

In addition, major and minor requirements must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Note | The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in philosophy requires at least 27 credit hours in courses offered by the department. One of these courses may be a 100-level course. All others must be at the 200-level or above. Students are required to select courses at the 200-level or above to satisfy the following distribution requirements:

Major Requirements
History of Philosophy (6 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 201 Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 214 Modern Philosophy

Logic and Philosophy of Science (3 cr.)
  • HPSC-X 200 Scientific Reasoning
  • HPSC-X 201 Nature of Scientific Inquiry
  • HPSC-X 220 Issues in Science: Humanistic
  • HPSC-X 303 Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  • HPSC-X 336 Religion and Science
  • PHIL-P 250 Introductory Symbolic Logic

Ethics, Social, and Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 325 Social Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 340 Classics in Ethics
  • PHIL-P 341 Ethical Classics 2
  • PHIL-P 342 Problems of Ethics
  • PHIL-P 343 Classics in Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 344 Classics in Social and Political Philosophy 2
  • PHIL-P 345 Problems in Social and Political Philosophy

Metaphysics and Epistemology (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 310 Topics in Metaphysics
  • PHIL-P 312 Topics in Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL-P 313 Theories of Knowledge
  • PHIL-P 360 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL-P 366 Philosophy of Action

Other courses should be chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. PHIL-T 190 Literary and Intellectual Traditions, PHIL-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions, and HPSC-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions courses may or may not count toward the major depending on the topic. Students are expected to cooperate with departmental faculty in assessing the program for the major.

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