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, providing 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.
Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. 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. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.
Total Major Hours: 36 Hours
Courses for the major are divided into four groups: history, logic, capstone, and electives. Within the history and elective groups, students have considerable latitude in selecting their courses; however, it is expected that they do so in consultation with their major advisor and Philosophy faculty with a view toward achieving a balanced program of study.
Students pursuing Philosophy as a second major are required to complete 30 hours in Philosophy coursework
Major Core Courses - 15 Hours
I. History of Philosophy – 9 credit hours:
Choose three of the following courses:
PHH 3062 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy
Choose seven courses (21 credit hours) from the following prefixes: PHH, PHI, PHM and PHP. (Fifteen credit hours for students taking Philosophy as a second major) No more than six elective hours taken at the 1000 and 2000 level may count toward the Philosophy major. Courses taken to fulfill the nine hours of History of Philosophy requirement (I.) will not count toward elective hours in the major.
Chairperson; R. Ariew; Professors: R. Ariew, L. Braver, D. Jesseph, A. Levine, M.R. Schönfeld, T. Williams, E. Winsberg, W. Zhang; Distinguished Research Professor: S.P. Turner; Associate Professors:W.M. Goodwin, C. Heydt, R. Manning, M. Morris, J. Rayman, B. Sadler, J.B. Waugh; Assistant Professors: M. Segev, J. Williams; Instructor: D. Morris; Courtesy Professor: S. Axinn; Emeritus Faculty: J.A. Bell, C. Guignon, O. Schutte, B. Silver, R.N. Taylor, R.C. Weatherford, K. Wiredu.
Major Other Information
Students pursuing Philosophy as a second major are required to complete 30 hours in Philosophy coursework. To do so they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare their Philosophy major.
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This major has an optional component designed for the academically superior student who embraces challenge and wishes to go the extra mile.