Undergraduate 2019-2020

Philosophy B.A.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: McKee 318

Telephone: 970.351.2572

Fax: 970.351.2311

Website: http://www.unco.edu/hss/philosophy/

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The major in philosophy is designed to provide both a solid undergraduate education in philosophy and a foundation for the further study of philosophy at the graduate level. It is an excellent major not only for students interested in philosophy itself but also for pre-professional students–especially, perhaps, for those who intend to study the law. Students may want to consider a double major because of the ways the study of philosophy can enhance one's ability to investigate fundamental issues in other fields.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

    • No more than 6 credits of PHIL 492 may be counted toward the major.
    • At least 9 credit hours must be taken at the upper division (300 or 400).

Note that PHIL 225, PHIL 300, PHIL 310, and PHIL 495 are variable title courses which may be repeated multiple times under different content and each offering may be counted toward the major.

Program Recommendations:

  • Majors are encouraged to take at least two years of a foreign language.
  • Students planning to pursue graduate study in philosophy are encouraged to take at least one semester of Formal Logic (PHIL 340 or PHIL 341), to take PHIL 385 and PHIL 390 to fulfill the Metaphysics & Epistemology category, and to complete the Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy minor as well as the major. Since graduate program admission requirements vary considerably, students should discuss graduate school plans with an advisor as early as possible.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. LAC — 40 credits

2. Required Major - 30 credits

Logic and Methods:

Select at least one of the following:
PHIL 221Basic Logic


PHIL 340Formal Logic I


PHIL 341Formal Logic II


History and Traditions:

Select at least two of the following:

PHIL 231Ancient Greek Philosophy


PHIL 232Medieval Western Philosophy


PHIL 233Modern Western Philosophy


PHIL 246Early Chinese Philosophy


Value Theory:

Select at least two of the following:
PHIL 250Medical Ethics


PHIL 310Topics in Ethics and Public Policy


PHIL 311Environmental Ethics


PHIL 350Ethical Theory


PHIL 355Social and Political Philosophy


PHIL 366Philosophy of Law


Metaphysics and Epistemology:

Select at least two of the following:
PHIL 270Philosophy of Religion


PHIL 280Philosophy of Science


PHIL 372Philosophy of Race


PHIL 385Epistemology


PHIL 390Metaphysics


Advanced Seminar:

Take at least one offering:
PHIL 495Advanced Seminar


Remaining Major - 6 credits

Select at least two additional courses in order to bring the total number of PHIL credits to at least 30. These may include courses from any of the lists above that have not already been used to fulfill specific area requirements, or from any of the additional courses below.
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy


PHIL 126Introduction to Global Philosophies


PHIL 150Moral Issues


PHIL 225Philosophical Figures


PHIL 300Topics in Philosophy


PHIL 360Feminist Theories


PHIL 422Directed Study

1- 3

PHIL 492Internship

1- 6

3. University-Wide Credits — 50 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 50 credits.