May 27, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, (B.A.)

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The Department of Philosophy offers courses in all areas of philosophy, providing students the chance to investigate life’s biggest questions: What is happiness? Is morality relative? What is justice, or freedom, or equality? What, and who, am I? Do I really have a race or a gender? Is my mind anything more than just the activity of my brain? Does God exist? And so on. The philosophy major is also an excellent preparation for a number of other careers from law to medicine to business to seminary. Year after year, philosophy majors demonstrate superior achievement on all standardized graduate tests including the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT. Philosophy is an especially good pre-law major, and our graduates are routinely admitted to their school of choice, including such top law schools as Harvard, Yale, the University of Virginia, and the University of Tennessee.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

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

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.

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


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

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.

Typical 4-Year Philosophy Sequence

Freshman Year

Semester Totals 30-31 hrs

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Junior Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Senior Year

  • Elective (3)
  • UD PHIL (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (4)

Semester Totals 28 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

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