Philosophy (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Philosophy 
Academic Plan Code(s): See Track Requirements tab.

Program Information

The Department of Philosophy offers a wide range of introductory to graduate-level courses in the major subject areas and various traditions of philosophy, with particular strengths in applied ethics and social/political philosophy. The interdisciplinary scope of most of its courses is one of the Department’s most salient features. The Department’s faculty has achieved exceptional research productivity and outstandingly high student evaluations.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the program’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements31
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements22
Track Requirements47
Minimum Total Hours122

Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

There are no specific admission requirements for this degree plan. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements31

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Philosophy
Core Coursework
PHIL 300Philosophy in Dialogue (Can be repeated for a total of 3 credit hours. Must be completed within one year of declaring the major.)1
PHIL 301Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 303Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 321Ethics3
PHIL 502Philosophy Capstone Seminar - CUE3
Logic
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Logic
Symbolic Logic
Advanced Symbolic Logic
Metaphysics/Epistemology
Select one of the following: 3
Philosophy of Language - WR
Metaphysics - WR
Personal Identity and the Self
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Epistemology - WR
Recent Philosophy of Language
Normative Philosophy
Select one of the following: 3
Asian Philosophy - AH, D2
Philosophy and Feminism - AH, D1
Philosophy of Race and Racism - AH, D1
African-American Philosophy
Feminist Philosophical Literature
Topics in Philosophy of Race and Racism
African Philosophy
Track Requirements47
Minimum Total Hours69

A minimum of 9 credit hours in Philosophy (PHIL) must be at the 500-level

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Philosophy Capstone Seminar - CUE

Track Requirements

Track in Bioethics

Academic Plan Code(s): PHILBA_BIO

Track Requirements
PHIL 323Medical Ethics3
PHIL 580Foundations of Bioethics3
Select two of the following:6
Ethical Theory - WR
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics
Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care
Health Care, Justice & Community
Supporting Courses
Minimum Electives (see lists below) 135
To satisfy this requirement, students may either complete the University of Louisville School of Medicine's recommended pre-med science curriculum or they may take 35 hours of approved electives at the 300+ level.
Minimum Total Hours47

Pre-Med Science Curriculum
Students in the Pre-Med Science Curriculum option must complete 38 credit hours, but BIOL 240, BIOL 242, CHEM 201, PHYS 221 or PHYS 222 can be used to satisfy a Cardinal Core Natural Sciences-S requirement, resulting in three (3) credit hours available to off-set the difference.

Biology
BIOL 240Unity of Life - S3
BIOL 242Diversity of Life - S3
BIOL 244Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL2
BIOL 329Cellular and Molecular Biology3
Chemistry
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S3
CHEM 202General Chemistry II - S3
CHEM 207Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL1
CHEM 208Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL1
CHEM 209Introduction to Chemical Analysis III1
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 342Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
Physics
PHYS 221Fundamentals of Physics I - S3
PHYS 222Fundamentals of Physics II - S3
PHYS 223Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL1
PHYS 224Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL1
Minimum Total Hours38

Approved Bioethics Track Electives

Select at least 35 credit hours from the following:
Human Rights
Medical Anthropology
Health Economics
Inequality and Health: The Black Experience
Ethical Theory - WR
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics
Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care
Health Care, Justice & Community
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Women's Health
Sociology of Aging - CUE
Sociology of Death & Dying - CUE
Reproductive Justice
Reproductive Justice
Sociology of Disabilities
Sociology of Disabilities
Women's Health Issues - D1, SB
Women's Health Issues - D1, SB
Appropriate Bioethics electives approved by the department
Minimum Total Hours35

Track in Humanities

Academic Plan Code(s): PHILBA_HUM

Track Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
Twentieth-Century Philosophy
Select one of the following:3
Social and Political Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of the Arts
Philosophy of Law
Ethical Theory - WR
Aesthetics
Political Philosophy
Critical Social Theory
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics - SB
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR
Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR
Principles of Cultural History - WR
Selected Perspectives in Humanities - WR
Electives in Humanities Division, other than Philosophy, at 300 level or above9
Minimum Electives29
Minimum Total Hours47

Track in Social Sciences 

Academic Plan Code(s): PHILBA_SSC

Track Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
Twentieth-Century Philosophy
Select one of the following:3
Social and Political Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of the Arts
Philosophy of Law
Ethical Theory - WR
Aesthetics
Political Philosophy
Critical Social Theory
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics - SB
Supporting Courses
Electives in Social Sciences Division at 300 level or above 2,36
Electives in Social Sciences Division at 400 level or above 36
Minimum Electives29
Minimum Total Hours47

Flight Plan


Track in Bioethics, Pre-Med Science Curriculum Option

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective – SBH 3
Foreign Language 1 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities – AH, chosen from the following: 3
Introduction to Philosophy - AH  
Intoduction to Philosophy through Literature and Film - AH  
Critical Thinking - AH  
Sex and Values - AH, D1  
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 2 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning – QR 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity – AHD2 (other than PHIL) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication – OC 3
 Hours17
Year 2
Fall
PHIL 321 Ethics 3
BIOL 240
BIOL 244
Unity of Life - S
Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL
5
Foreign Language 3 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Diversity – SBD1 3
 Hours15
Spring
PHIL 323 Medical Ethics 3
BIOL 242 Diversity of Life - S 3
CHEM 201
CHEM 207
CHEM 208
General Chemistry I - S
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL
5
PHYS 221
PHYS 223
Fundamentals of Physics I - S
Fundamentals of Physics Lab I - SL
4
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PHIL 300 Philosophy in Dialogue 1
PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy 3
BIOL 329 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM 202
CHEM 209
General Chemistry II - S
Introduction to Chemical Analysis III
4
PHYS 222
PHYS 224
Fundamentals of Physics II - S
Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory II - SL
4
 Hours15
Spring
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy 3
CHEM 341
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
One of the following: 3
Ethical Theory - WR  
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics  
Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care  
Health Care, Justice & Community  
Normative Philosophy course 3
Social or Natural Sciences elective (any level) 3
 Hours17
Year 4
Fall
PHIL 502 Philosophy Capstone Seminar - CUE 3
CHEM 342
CHEM 344
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
5
PHIL 580 Foundations of Bioethics 3
Logic course 3
 Hours14
Spring
Metaphysics/Epistemology course 3
Humanities WR elective (300-level or above) 3
One of the following: 3
Ethical Theory - WR  
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics  
Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care  
Health Care, Justice & Community  
Social or Natural Sciences elective (300-level or above) 3
Social or Natural Sciences elective (300-level or above) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Track in Bioethics, Bioethics Electives Option

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities – AH, chosen from the following: 3
Introduction to Philosophy - AH  
Intoduction to Philosophy through Literature and Film - AH  
Critical Thinking - AH  
Sex and Values - AH, D1  
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Logic Course 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity (other than Philosophy) - AHD2 3
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
PHIL 321 Ethics 3
Bioethics Track Elective 1 1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
PHIL 323 Medical Ethics 3
Normative Philosophy Course 3
Metaphysics/Epistemology Course 3
Natural or Social Science elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy 3
Bioethics Track Elective 2 1 3
Bioethics Track Elective 3 1 3
Humanities WR elective (300-level or above; non-PHIL course) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours15
Spring
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy 3
Bioethics Track Elective 4 1 3
Bioethics Track Elective 5 1 3
Bioethics Track Elective 6 1 3
Humanities WR elective (300-level or above; non-PHIL course) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
PHIL 300 Philosophy in Dialogue 1
PHIL 502 Philosophy Capstone Seminar - CUE 3
PHIL 580 Foundations of Bioethics 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ethical Theory - WR  
Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care  
Health Care, Justice & Community  
Bioethics Track Elective 7 1 3
Bioethics Track Elective 8 1 2
 Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Ethical Theory - WR  
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics  
Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care  
Health Care, Justice & Community  
Bioethics Track Elective 9 1 3
Bioethics Track Elective 10 1 3
Bioethics Track Elective 11 1 3
Bioethics Track Elective 12 1 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122-123

Track in Humanities

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities – AH, chosen from the following: 3
Introduction to Philosophy - AH  
Intoduction to Philosophy through Literature and Film - AH  
Critical Thinking - AH  
Sex and Values - AH, D1  
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Logic  
Symbolic Logic  
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 (non-PHIL course) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 1 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy 3
PHIL 321 Ethics 3
PHIL 300 Philosophy in Dialogue 1
Humanities elective (300-level or above; non-PHIL course) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Elective 2 (hours determined by QR course) 2-1
 Hours16-15
Year 3
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy  
Twentieth-Century Philosophy  
Metaphysics/Epistemology course 3
Humanities WR elective (300-level or above; non-PHIL course) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Elective 3 3
 Hours15
Spring
Normative Philosophy course 3
Select one of the following: 3
Social and Political Philosophy  
Environmental Ethics  
Philosophy of the Arts  
Philosophy of Law  
Ethical Theory - WR  
Aesthetics  
Political Philosophy  
Critical Social Theory  
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics  
Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics - SB  
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300-level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
General elective 4 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
PHIL 502 Philosophy Capstone Seminar - CUE 3
Select one of the following: 3
Perspectives on Ancient Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Medieval Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Early Modern Culture - WR  
Perspectives on Modern Culture - WR  
Principles of Cultural History - WR  
Selected Perspectives in Humanities - WR  
Humanities elective (300-level or above; non-PHIL course) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 5 (PHIL 499 recommended for honors students) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Logic Course 3
General elective 6 3
General elective 7 3
General elective 8 3
General elective 9 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Track in Social Sciences

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities – AH, chosen from the following: 3
Introduction to Philosophy - AH  
Intoduction to Philosophy through Literature and Film - AH  
Critical Thinking - AH  
Sex and Values - AH, D1  
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Logic Course 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 (non-PHIL course) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 1 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy 3
PHIL 321 Ethics 3
PHIL 300 Philosophy in Dialogue 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
Social Science elective 1 (300-level or above) 3
General Elective 2 (hours determined by QR course) 1-2
 Hours16-15
Year 3
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
or Twentieth-Century Philosophy
 
Twentieth-Century Philosophy  
Metaphysics/Epistemology course 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Social Science elective 2 (400-level or above) 3
General Elective 3 3
 Hours15
Spring
Normative Philosophy course 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300-level or above) 3
General Elective 4 3
General elective 5 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
PHIL 502 Philosophy Capstone Seminar - CUE 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Social and Political Philosophy  
Environmental Ethics  
Philosophy of the Arts  
Philosophy of Law  
Aesthetics  
Ethical Theory - WR  
Political Philosophy  
Critical Social Theory  
Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics  
Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics - SB  
Social Science elective 3 - WR (300-level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300-level or above) 3
General elective 6 (PHIL 499 recommended for honors students) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Science elective 4 (400-level or above) 3
General elective 7 - WR 3
General elective 8 3
General elective 9 (Philosophy, 500-level or above) 1 3
General elective 10 (Philosophy, 500-level or above) 1 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

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