Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 38.0101
College of Arts & Sciences
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.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
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
- PHH 3280 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
- PHH 3420 Early Modern Philosophy
- PHH 3442 Late Modern Philosophy
- PHH 4440 Continental Philosophy
- PHH 4600 Contemporary Philosophy
- PHH 4700 American Philosophy
- PHH 4820 Chinese Philosophy
- PHM 4331 Modern Political Philosophy
- PHP 3786 Existentialism
- PHP 4000 Plato
- PHP 4010 Aristotle
- PHP 4410 Kant
- PHP 4784 Analytical Philosophy
II. Logic – 3 credit hours:
Choose one of the following courses:
III. Capstone Seminar – 3 credit hours:
- PHI 4938 Philosophy Capstone Seminar
Major Elective Courses - 21 Hours
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.
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.