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Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts (BA) in philosophy will be prepared to serve the common good as public intellectuals, in whatever field and career they choose, through careful and critical thought and conversation, reflection, reading, writing, and experience. Students can choose from a traditional philosophy BA or an interdisciplinary BA that pairs philosophy with upper-level coursework in another discipline.

Major Requirements (traditional BA)

36 semester hours (sh) of major courses:
  • Required core philosophy courses (24 sh) — PHIL 2010, 2020, 2510, 3510, 3590, 3400 (at least 2 sh), 4970 (at least 2 sh)
  • Philosophy electives (12 sh) — choose from PHIL 2310, 2530, 2910 (repeatable), 3100, 3910

Humanities Co-Requirement:

Philosophy majors (as well as those in the other humanities disciplines) are required to enhance the learning experiences in their major by taking elective courses in the disciplines of history, English, and art (at least one course in each). Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors for suggestions about particular courses.

Major Requirements (interdisciplinary BA)

36 semester hours (sh):
  • Required core philosophy course (4 sh) — PHIL 3590
  • Philosophy electives (28 sh)
  • Additional discipline electives (16 sh) — must be upper-division courses

Humanities Co-Requirement:

Philosophy majors (as well as those in the other humanities disciplines) are required to enhance the learning experiences in their major by taking elective courses in the disciplines of history, English, and art (at least one course in each). Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors for suggestions about particular courses.

Notes:

Courses for this major must be approved by the philosophy department and humanities faculty. The additional 16 sh may be part of a double major if the student chooses and faculty agrees.

Students with a double major or those in the secondary education teaching certificate course of study are exempt from the humanities co-requirement.

Minor Requirements

20 semester hours (sh)
  • Any PHIL courses to accumulate at least 20 sh

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions of all philosophy courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

PHIL 2010 – Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
A survey of the thinkers and movements in the history of philosophy from the pre-Socratics through the late medieval and early Renaissance period.

PHIL 2020 – Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
A survey of the thinkers and movements in the history of philosophy from the 16th through the 21st century.

PHIL 2310 – East Asian Philosophies and Ethics
The course introduces students, who have no previous background of East Asian studies, to the general philosophical, religious, and cultural ideas of East Asia: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Through lectures as well as critical readings in the classical primary texts and contemporary interpretations, the course develops broader and comparative points of views and approaches to the common human problems that have evolved in the major cultures of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan). The course can serve as a foundation for further study of East Asia including East Asian literature, aesthetics, religion, politics, economics, and history.

PHIL 2510 – Logic
An intermediate course in formal and informal logic.

PHIL 2530 – Business and Professional Ethics
An introduction to the important problems and topics in the area of business and professional ethics, e.g., job discrimination, corporate responsibility, environmental obligations, professional codes of ethics, power, and accountability.

PHIL 2910 – Introductory Issues in Philosophy
An introduction to the meaning, ethics, and metaphysics of the human relation to various aspects of the world. Specific courses will focus on a single topic (e.g., nature, technology, culture, economics, religion.)

PHIL 3100 – Political Philosophy
A seminar course on selected problems and topics in the area of social and political ethics, e.g., the nature of political associations, the variety of competing visions of the good and just society. Cross-listed with POGO 3100.

PHIL 3400 – Philosophy in Action
An experiential education approach to philosophy.

PHIL 3515 – Philosophy of Art
A seminar course on selected problems and topics in the area of aesthetics, e.g., the nature and meaning of aesthetic value, the problem of aesthetic judgment.

PHIL 3590 – Hermeneutics
A seminar course on selected problems and topics in the area of hermeneutics, e.g., the nature of understanding; of language and meaning; and the role of context, tradition, and pre-judgment.

PHIL 3910 – Topics
A seminar course on selected topics and problems in philosophy.

PHIL 4000 – Departmental Honors in Philosophy
A seminar course for students who do honors work in philosophy.

PHIL 4910 – Independent Study in Philosophy
A course which allows students to work independently on a project of particular interest to them and which is not offered in the curriculum.

PHIL 4970 – Internship in Philosophy
A course which permits students to explore vocational options that pertain to philosophy. Please refer to the internship section of the catalog for requirements and guidelines.

Program requirements