The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a liberal arts program designed to expose you to eastern, western, and contemporary philosophers, while examining myths, rituals, ethics, and morality. You’ll be taught to think critically and objectively, to write clearly and effectively, and to develop creative solutions to unique situations. This online bachelor’s degree helps to prepare you for professions requiring a high level of analytical thought such as think tanks and legal professions.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the program also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of philosophy, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Discuss the historical development and evolution of philosophy from its origins through contemporary times.
  • Explain the various schools of philosophical and moral thought, the history behind their development, and the rationale for their acceptance and practice.
  • Recognize and apply logic: what makes a deductive argument valid or an inductive argument strong; an action moral or immoral; a statement believed to be true.
  • Stake out a philosophical position in a written composition and critically analyze a philosophical question.
  • Analyze and evaluate philosophical arguments from historical and contemporary sources.
  • Apply philosophical inquiry to contemporary events.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required27
Select one of the following concentrations:15
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements45
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Critical Thinking
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (27 semester hours)

PHIL101Introduction to Philosophy (Prerequisite for all Major Courses)3
PHIL200Introduction to Ethics3
COLL300Research, Analysis, and Writing3
PHIL300Logic3
PHIL302Ancient Western Philosophy3
PHIL303Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL415Enlightenment Philosophy3
PHIL416Modern & Post-Modern Philosophy3
PHIL400Contemporary Issues in Philosophy3
It is recommended, but not required, that the following be taken in sequence if scheduling allows:
Ancient Western Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Enlightenment Philosophy
Modern & Post-Modern Philosophy
Total Semester Hours27

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from either a General Concentration or a Concentration in Ethics.

General Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered in this program, including ethics, moral issues, military philosophy, religion, and more.

Select 5 courses from the following:15
Healthcare: Moral Issues
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Management Ethics
Readings in Military Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
God and World
Religious Existentialism
Total Semester Hours15

Concentration in Ethics (15 semester hours)

Ethics is becoming an increasingly important concern in different fields of endeavor from Wall Street to Main Street and from the playground to the battleground. What constitutes right action? Are we doing the right things? What should we be doing to ensure a good life for us, our families, our nation, and our world? 

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Engage the philosophical theories underpinning ethical theories and judgment.
  • Assess the importance of individual moral behavior and communal ethical standards and the relationship between the two.
  • Explore the influences of religion, politics and psychology on ethical theories and choices.
  • Assess standard models of ethics for their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Apply ethical theories to particular situations in leadership, military, business, health care, government, and environmental contexts.

Concentration Requirements (15 semester hours)

PBHE215Healthcare: Moral Issues3
CMRJ308Ethics in Criminal Justice3
COMM280Ethics in Communication3
MGMT314Management Ethics3
PHIL320Environmental Ethics3
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

PHRL498Religion and Philosophy Capstone (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (45 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major or concentration requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.