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Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Philosophy are to: (a) recognize patterns of valid and fallacious reasoning, and basics of logical theory; (b) read a major philosophical text analytically and be able to write out critical evaluations of philosophical arguments; (c) be familiar with major ethical theories and their practical applications; (d) possess a basic knowledge of the history of philosophy, in particular Ancient Philosophy and Modern Philosophy; (e) be able to engage critically both the primary and secondary literature on philosophical subject matter, to present one's critical assessment orally to a group, and to produce a written document reflecting one's independent research on a philosophical subject.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

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

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College 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, 3002, 3411 or 3511 and 15 additional upper division semester hours.

To prepare philosophy students for success in a number of fields, the department offers courses in the following sub-divisions of philosophy.

Philosophy of Law/Political Philosophy PHIL 3411, 3511, 3512, 3515, 3516, 4551.

Ethics/Social Philosophy PHIL 3411, 3452, 3511, 3512, 3514, 3515, 3741, 4551.

Philosophy of Religion/Religious Studies PHIL 3411, 3451, 3511, 3701, 3702, 3721.

Philosophy/Contemporary Culture PHIL 3411, 3451, 3452, 3511, 3512, 3741, 3771, 3781, 4441, 4671.

Philosophy of Science/Epistemology PHIL 3460, 3512, 3515, 3621, 4421, 4422, 4632, 4661.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

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.

Typical 4-Year Philosophy Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
MATH* 3-4 PHIL 1611 3
PHIL 1101 or 1102 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202          3 Social/Behavioral Sciences*    3
History*/Foreign Lang    3 History*/Foreign Lang 3
Elective 3 UD PHIL 3
PHIL 3001 3 PHIL 3002 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

Elective 3 Fine Arts* 3
COMM 2381 3 History*/Elective            3
PHIL 3411 or 3511          3 UD PHIL 3
History*/Elective 3 UD Elective 3
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

Elective                         3 UD Elective                  3
UD PHIL 3 UD Elective 3
UD Elective 3 Elective       3
UD Elective 3 Elective 4
UD Elective 3    
Semester Totals 15 hrs   13 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement