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B.A. in Philosophy

Description

Philosophy is the study of the fundamental ideas underlying every dimension of human life. A major in philosophy helps one to think clearly, communicate persuasively, engage in moral reasoning, and formulate a coherent approach to life. Typically, philosophy majors go on to graduate school, law school, medical school, theological studies, or careers in business.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

General Education Requirements

See the 'General Education/Core Curriculum' for the College of Liberal Arts.

Other Academic Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required in all philosophy courses applied toward the major.

Standard Option

Course Requirements

A major in philosophy for the B.A. degree consists of 30 semester hours of philosophy as indicated below, which must include at least one 400- or 500-level philosophy seminars and Phil 499. Of these 30 hours, students must take (I) 3 hours of logic, as well as at least 6 hours in each of the following content areas: (II) Epistemology and Metaphysics, (III) Value Theory, (IV) History of Philosophy.

I. Logic (3 hours)

II. Epistemology and Metaphysics (6 hours)

III. Value Theory (6 hours)

IV. History of Philosophy (6 hours)

Degree Requirements

The academic regulations for this degree program, as entered in the University of Mississippi Catalog, are in effect for the current or selected academic year and semester. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change rules for registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time.

B.A. in Philosophy

General Education

Requirement Hours Description
First Year Writing I 3 Complete Hon 101, Writ 100 or Writ 101 with a passing grade.
First Year Writing II 3 Complete one of the following courses with a passing grade: Liba 102, Writ 102 or Hon 102.
6 hrs literature survey 6 Complete 6 hours of literature survey with a passing grade. Choose from the following courses: Eng 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, or Eng 226.
6 hrs modern/ancient language 200+ 6 Successfully complete at least 6 hours at the 200 level or above in one modern or ancient language.
6 hrs history 6 Complete 6 hours in History (HST) course work with a passing grade.
3 hrs humanities 3 African American studies; classical civilization; environmental studies 101, gender studies (G St 201, 301, 333, 350); Liba 202, 305, 312; philosophy; religion; Southern studies (S St 101, 102). In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classical civilization, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religion courses will satisfy this requirement.
6 hrs social science 6 Successfully complete 6 semester hours in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.
3 hrs fine arts 3 Complete 3 hours in the area of fine or performing arts. Choose from art history, music, dance, and theatre arts. Studio and workshop courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Acceptable freshman or sophommore-level courses are: AH 101, AH 102, AH 201, AH 202; Music 101, Music 102, Music 103, Music 104, Music 105; Dance 200; and Theatre 201.
3 hrs math 100+ 3 Successfully complete 3 hours of Math at the 100 level or above except for Math 245 and Math 246.
9-12 hrs science 9 Complete a full year of science course work in one subject area (6-8 hrs) and complete 3 credit hours in a subject area from another department. Courses may be chosen from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geological Engineering, or Physics and Astronomy. Note that a student taking the required 6 hours of one subject (astronomy or physics) from the Department of Physics and Astronomy must take the remaining 3 hours from another department.
2 associated science labs 8 Successfully complete at least two science laboratory courses.

Major Requirements

Requirement Hours Description
Overall Major GPA Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Resident Major GPA Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.

Standard Option

Requirement Hours Description
Phil 103 or 319 3 Phil 319: Symbolic Logic, Phil 103: Logic:  Critical Thinking
6 hrs Epistemology - C min 6 Complete 6 hrs from the following with a grade of C or better: Phil 322, 323, 325, 332, 333, 340, 342, 351, 360, 422, 432, or 460.
6 hrs Value Theory - C min 6 Complete 6 hrs from the following with a grade of C or better: Phil 102, 204, 320, 321, 328, 331, 344, 345, 346, 347, 350, 352, 353, 355, 357, 390, 421, or 431.
6 hrs Hist of Philosophy - C min 6 Complete 6 hours from the following with a grade of C or better: Phil 301, 302, 307, 310, 311, 313, 314, 318, 324, 330, 401, or 402.
9 add'l hrs philosophy 9 Complete 9 additional hours of Phil courses with a grade of C or better. Religion courses that are not cross-listed with philosophy courses do not count toward a major with an emphasis in philosophy.
Phil 499 - C min Complete Phil 499 with a grade of C or better.
Two 400+level philosophy seminars 6 A major in philosophy for the B.A. degree consists of 30 semester hours, which must include at least two 400+level philosophy courses.
Phil residency hrs 12 Student must earn at least 12 hours of their major courses in residence. A grade of C or hiher is required on all Philosophy courses applied toward the degree.
The policies and regulations contained in this online University of Mississippi Catalog are in effect for the current or selected semester. The catalog is not a contract, but rather a guide for the convenience of students. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change the fees, rules, and schedules for admission, registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time. Implicit in each student’s enrollment with the university is an agreement to comply with university rules and regulations, which the university may modify to exercise properly its educational responsibility.