Philosophy (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (PHILBA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Philosophy

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 Requirements21
Track Requirements47
Minimum Total Hours121

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: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

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
PHIL 301Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 303Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 321Ethics3
PHIL 502Philosophy Capstone Seminar - CUE3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Logic
Symbolic Logic
Advanced Symbolic Logic
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
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 Hours68

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 (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
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 1
Select two at 300 level and one at 400 level from the following:9
Human Rights
Medical Anthropology
Health Economics
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Aging - CUE
Sociology of Death & Dying - CUE
Sociology of Disabilities
Electives in Humanities Division, other than Philosophy, at 300 level or above9
Minimum Electives14
Minimum Total Hours47

Track in Humanities (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
The Nature of Violence
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of the Arts
Philosophy of Law
Ethical Theory - WR
Virtue Ethics - WR
Philosophies of Peace
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 1
Electives in Humanities Division, other than Philosophy, at 300 level or above9
Minimum Electives29
Minimum Total Hours47

Track in Social Sciences (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
The Nature of Violence
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of the Arts
Philosophy of Law
Ethical Theory - WR
Virtue Ethics - WR
Philosophies of Peace
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

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
Select one of 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 3-4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Logic  
Symbolic Logic  
Advanced Symbolic Logic  
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 3-4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
PHIL 321 Ethics 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
PHIL 323 Medical Ethics 3
General Elective 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above; non-Philosophy) 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 supporting course (300 level or above) 3
Humanities WR elective (300 level or above; non-Philosophy course) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy 3
Philosophy Bioethics course 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
Humanities WR elective (300 level or above; non-Philosophy course) 3
Bioethics supporting course (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
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  
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  
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 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 supporting course (500 level or above) 3
Philosophy elective 3
General elective (PHIL 499 recommended for honors students) 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

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
Select one of 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 3-4
 Hours13-14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Logic  
Symbolic Logic  
Foreign Language 2 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity (other than Philosophy) - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy 3
PHIL 321 Ethics 3
General Elective 3
Humanities elective (300 level or above; non-Philosophy course) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours16
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-Philosophy course) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Philosophy WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Normative Philosophy course 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
General elective 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  
Cultural Studies course 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective (PHIL 499 recommended for honors students) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Philosophy elective (500 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

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 Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Select one of 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 3-4
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
PHIL 311
Introduction to Logic
or Symbolic Logic
3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity (other than Philosophy) - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3-4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy 3
PHIL 321 Ethics 3
General Elective 3
Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
PHIL 306
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
or Twentieth-Century Philosophy
3
Metaphysics/Epistemology course 3
Social Science elective (400 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Philosophy WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Normative Philosophy course 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
PHIL 502 Philosophy Capstone Seminar - CUE 3
Cultural Studies course 3
Social Science WR elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective (PHIL 499 recommended for honors students) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Philosophy elective (500 level or above) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

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