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BA in Philosophy

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Philosophy prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program explores philosophies that have shaped Western Civilization as well as critical thinking and the development of one's own philosophical views. Students gain a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge of philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the main points of and approaches to philosophies that have shaped Western civilization from the Greeks through contemporary thought
  • Compare and contrast ideas and methods from non-Western cultures to those of the West
  • Evaluate competing ethical theories and their applications to contemporary issues
  • Express personal philosophical views

BA in Philosophy Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Philosophy 33
A. Required Courses 21
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Ethics
Credits from each of the following three with 6 s.h. in one area: (12)
  • Major Field of Philosophy
  • Major Philosophers
  • History of Philosophy
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Philosophy Electives* 9
  • American Philosophy
  • Analytic Philosophy
  • Aristotle
  • David Hume and the Skeptic Tradition
  • Descartes and the Rationalists
  • Eastern Religion
  • Existentialism and Phenomenology
  • Hegel
  • Heidegger
  • Hellenistic Philosophy
  • History of Ancient Philosophy
  • Kant
  • Locke and the Empiricists
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Nietzsche
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Plato
  • Political Philosophy
  • Spinoza
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Theories of Meaning
  • Thomas Aquinas and the Scholastics
  • Western Religion
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 27
Total Credits 120

* This list is a guide. Other philosophy courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note: Students planning on graduate work in philosophy are advised to take an appropriate foreign language (i.e., French, German, Greek or Hebrew).

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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