Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Philosophy (PHI)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 38.0101

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

This degree prepares our majors to go on to graduate school, medical school, law school, or choose to enter the workforce in a wide variety of public, private, governmental, and non-profit agencies. Faculty in the department collaborate with an extensive group of disciplines which provides students across campus with a site for interdisciplinary learning and teaching. Given the intensity and rigor of study, including analytical reading and critical writing, our majors make themselves extremely attractive to potential employers.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Students are encouraged to complete the following courses if available during the program of study at the community college and when feasible in General Education/Gordon Rule courses. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • Mathematics (any courses)
  • Foreign Languages (Beginning and Intermediate German, French, or Latin) (1120-1121 level and 2200-2201 level)
  • Classics (CLT, CLA for example)

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core

Majors in philosophy must complete at least 36 credit hours.

Major Core Courses - 24 Hours

  • PHH 3062 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy
  • Two of the following courses
  • One of the following courses:
    • PHI 3100 Formal Logic (Strongly encouraged)
    • PHI 2101 Introduction to Formal Logic
  • One of the following courses
    • PHI 4670 Contemporary Ethical Theory
    • PHM 4340 Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Two of the following courses
  • PHI 4938 Philosophy Capstone Seminar

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

Twelve credit hours of Philosophy electives, of which six must be at the 4000- or 5000-level.

Optional Honors Program

Honors Program

The Honors Program in Philosophy allows superior students to pursue philosophical studies at a more advanced level than is customary in undergraduate Philosophy programs. Students in the Honors Program will be required to do independent research and to write and defend an undergraduate thesis.

Admission Criteria:
  1. Students must already have declared a major in Philosophy.
  2. Students must complete nine (9) hours in Philosophy at the 3000-level or higher (PHI 2101 may count toward the nine hours).
  3. Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.0, and their grade point average in Philosophy coursework must be at least a 3.50.
  4. Students who wish to be considered for the Honors Program must request to be nominated by a member of the faculty. Once nominated by a faculty member, a majority of the faculty who have taught the student must approve the student's admission to the Honors Program.
Program Requirements:

In addition to completing the requirements for the Major in Philosophy, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students cannot receive a grade lower than a "B" in any Philosophy course, and their GPA in Philosophy coursework must be at least 3.50 to remain in, or be graduated from, the Honors Program.
  2. PHH 4440 Continental Philosophy or PHP 4784 Analytical Philosophy or PHP 3786 Existentialism or PHH 4700 American Philosophy
  3. Students must write a senior thesis and undergo an oral examination on the thesis before a committee of two Philosophy faculty members. Students will register for three hours in directed study in Philosophy (PHI 4905) for work on their thesis. Students who are in the Honors College may use the same project to count for both Philosophy Honors and an Honors College thesis. In such cases, the student shall not register for directed study in Philosophy (PHI 4905) as part of completing the thesis.
  4. Students must complete 36 credit hours in Philosophy.

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