College of Arts and Sciences
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The philosophy major serves the interests of a wide range of students seeking the skills and understanding appropriate to a philosophical perspective on issues of concern to them. These issues range from specific topics in biomedical ethics to highly abstract issues about knowledge, reality, religion, and morality. The major requires work in the various areas of philosophic study: logic, history of philosophy, normative philosophy, and metaphysics and epistemology. Because of its emphasis on careful reading, conceptual thinking, and well-reasoned writing, the major provides excellent training for a variety of careers, including law and business as well as teaching.
Major, Bachelor of Arts (33 hours) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements
Grade C or better required in PHIL courses used to satisfy requirements of the major.
Those who think they might want to apply to graduate school in philosophy should consult with the philosophy advisor as early as possible about additional course recommendations.
The philosophy department believes that the prescribed major provides a solid grounding in philosophy, useful for students with widely varied interests. However, the department also recognizes that some students may be in special circumstances which warrant deviation from the requirements as specified on the junior audit. The requirements can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students in such cases. Early consultation with the undergraduate advisor is essential.
Minor (21 hours): Grade C or better required in PHIL courses used to satisfy requirements of the minor.
- History of philosophy
- Six hours chosen from: PHIL 2020, 2110, 2120, 3110, 3310, 4110, 4120
- Normative philosophy
- Three hours chosen from: PHIL 2040, 2180, 3020, 3120, 4240, 4250
- Metaphysics and epistemology
- Three hours chosen from: PHIL 2300, 3100, 3160, 3300, 4060, 4140, 4310, 4330
- At least 9 hours in PHIL electives (consult with the philosophy advisor)
* At least 2 courses in PHIL at the 3000 or 4000 level.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Philosophy are expected to be able to:
- Read and understand sophisticated philosophical texts;
- Critically evaluate philosophical arguments;
- Construct and defend philosophical arguments in well-organized, clear, and concise prose;
- Demonstrate mastery of basic philosophical concepts and methods, both orally and in writing;
- Apply critical-thinking and argument-evaluation skills to the philosophical issues and arguments that present themselves in everyday life;
- Engage in rational, civil discourse about complex and emotionally laden topics in a manner that is respectful of others.
Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Philosophy program is currently undergoing Program/Cluster Review.
Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Philosophy program does not lead to professional licensure.
Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Philosophy program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.