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About the Undergraduate Program in Philosophy

Philosophy Major

Program objectives for a B.A. in Philosophy are (a) to acquire fundamental knowledge reflecting the subdivisions within the discipline; (b) to express a high degree of satisfaction with the program and instruction within the department; and (c) to be able to demonstrate skills which will be beneficial in further study or in their career paths.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University link for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (18-19 hours)

The College of Arts and Sciences and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (30 hours)

Completion of 30 semester hours in philosophy courses including PHIL 1101 or 1102, 1611, 3001 (Fall), 3002 (Spring), 3411 (Fall) or 3511 (Spring) and 15 additional upper division semester hours. To prepare philosophy students for success in a number of fields, the department offers a variety of upper division courses. See the philosophy section of the Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions.

D. Electives

Additional electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

E. Honors Program

This program is open to philosophy majors with a 3.0 overall average and a 3.5 average in philosophy. The student will complete, with a minimum grade of "B", a thesis submitted for credit in PHIL 4891. The thesis topic must be approved by the thesis director before the student registers for PHIL 4891. Those students who complete the program and the regular college requirements will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred "With Honors in Philosophy." Moreover, the student's diploma and record at the University of Memphis will reflect this distinction.

Philosophy Minor

Completion of 18 semester hours in philosophy courses, including PHIL 1101 or 1102, 1611, and 12 upper division semester hours. In consultation with the coordinator of undergraduate studies in philosophy, a student may design a minor (18 hours) that applies to the student's major area of study.

Online BA in Philosophy - Concentration in Applied Ethics

This program focuses on ethical theories and ethical problem-solving in the context of a number of professional domains including medicine, law, and business. Core courses in this program provide a solid foundation in the history of philosophy and logic.

This degree may be completed in the following ways: (a) University of Memphis courses (entirely online), or (b) by combining University of Memphis courses (online and on-campus), or (c) by combining University of Memphis courses (online and on-campus) with a limited number of approved courses transferred from other institutions (please consult the Undergraduate Catalog for more information). Additionally, out-of-state students may qualify for in-state tuition. Click here for more information.

Degree Requirements

This program's degree requirements are the same as listed above (Philosophy Major) except part C. which will read as follows.

C. The Major (30 hours)

Completion of 30 semester hours in philosophy courses comprised of the two lists, Core and Applied Ethics, below. To prepare philosophy students for success in a number of fields, the department offers courses in the following sub-divisions of philosophy.

Core (15 hrs) - 1102, 1611, 3001, 3002, 3411
Applied (15 hrs.) - 3514, 3515, 3571, 3781

Availability of Online Classes

Development of online classes began in the Fall of 2010. Not all classes required for the major are available online, but will be in the near future. Below is a list of classes currently available online and which are still in development. This list will be updated as the classes become available online.

Currently Available - 1102, 1611, 3411, 3514, 3515, 3741
In Development - 3001, 3002, 3571, 3781

For further information about this program, please contact the Undergraduate Studies Director.