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.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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