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Philosophy

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Philosophy promotes the development of critical thinking skills and the ability to clearly communicate well-reasoned personal beliefs. Philosophy provides a highly transferable skill set applicable to a wide range of career areas such as law, business, science, health and more. Philosophy also prepares graduates to pursue graduate study in law, medicine, science, business, cultural and policy studies, as well as in philosophy.

Requirements

The Philosophy degree is comprised of 18 credit hours of required courses — including an introductory course and courses in logic, methods of philosophical research, history of philosophy, ethics and philosophy of science — with an additional 12 credit hours of coursework focused on specific areas of study, including political and social theory, environmental ethics, philosophy of art and aesthetics, philosophy of religion and philosophy of technology.

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Philosophy (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.)

General Studies
42-47
Core Requirements
PHL 219Reasoning and Argumentation3
or PHL 220 Symbolic Logic
PHL 230Ethics3
or PHL 330 Topics in Ethical Theory
Select one course from the following:3
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Topics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philosophy
PHL 308History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences3
PHL 350Philosophy of Religion3
or PHL 370 Selected Topics in Comparative Philosophy
Option Requirements
Select one of the following options:15
Major in Philosophy
Religion Concentration
Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language Requirement
Credit hours in one foreign language12

Major in Philosophy

Select two additional courses from the following:6
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Topics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philosophy
Select one course from the following value theory courses:3
Political Theory
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Ethics of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Selected Topics in Professional Ethics
Select two courses in Philosophy, upper-division Religion, upper-division Humanities, or alternate courses approved by Philosophy faculty.6

Note:  A minimum of 15 credit hours in Philosophy courses numbered 300 or higher are required for the major.

Religion Concentration Option

Select two courses from the following:6
Religions of East Asia and Oceania
Religions of the West
Religions of South Asia and Africa
Select one course from the following:3
Selected Topics in Religion
War, Peace, & Religion
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Select one course from upper-division Religion courses3
Selection one course from the following:3
ENG 321
The Crusades
Heresy, Witchcraft, and Magic in Pre-Modern Europe
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Psychology of Transpersonal and Spiritual Experience
Death And Dying
Introduction to Archaeology
World of Islam: People, Cultures & Societies
Select any course in PHL, REL, or upper-division HUM
Additional alernatives as approved by Religion faculty

 Note:  A minimum of 15 credit hours in Philosophy and/or Religion courses numbered 300 or higher are required for the major.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Earn 12 credit hours in one foreign language.
  8. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

Philosophy (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
42-47
Core Requirements
PHL 219Reasoning and Argumentation3
or PHL 220 Symbolic Logic
PHL 230Ethics3
or PHL 330 Topics in Ethical Theory
Select one course from the following:3
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Topics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philosophy
PHL 308History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences3
PHL 350Philosophy of Religion3
or PHL 370 Selected Topics in Comparative Philosophy
Option Requirements
Select one of the following options:
Major in Philosophy
Religion Concentration
Second B.S. Degree 1
Completion of a second B.S. degree program 2

Major in Philosophy

Select two additional courses from the following:6
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Topics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philosophy
Select one course from the following value theory courses:3
Political Theory
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Ethics of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Selected Topics in Professional Ethics
Select two courses in Philosophy, upper-division Religion, upper-division Humaniteis, or alternate courses approved by Philosophy faculty6

 Note: A minimum of 15 credits hours in Philosophy courses numbered 300 or higher are required for the major.

Religion Concentration Option

Select two courses from the following:6
Religions of East Asia and Oceania
Religions of the West
Religions of South Asia and Africa
Select one course from the following:3
Selected Topics in Religion
War, Peace, & Religion
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Select one course from upper-division Religion courses3
Select one course from the following:3
ENG 321
The Crusades
Heresy, Witchcraft, and Magic in Pre-Modern Europe
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Psychology of Transpersonal and Spiritual Experience
Death And Dying
Introduction to Archaeology
World of Islam: People, Cultures & Societies
Select any course in PHL, REL, or upper-division HUM
Additional alternatives as approved by Religion faculty

 Note: A minimum of 15 credits hours in Philosophy and/or Religion courses numbered 300 or higher are required for the major.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

Are you ready to declare this major or minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Philosophy and Religion Department.

Mapping your degree plan is an important task for every student. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and monitor it regularly.