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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, (B.A.)

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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.

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 withan inclusive grade point average of at least 3.0 and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major. 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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