Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Philosophy B.A. – Ethics and Public Policy Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: McKee 318

Email: HSS@unco.edu

Website: 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 Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

In a society that offers most of its students only technical training, those who wish to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields must pay special attention to questions of ethics and public policy. Many programs claim to teach students how to get where they are going. Applied philosophy teaches them to evaluate their goals—both those they set for themselves and those they set for their society. Applied philosophy is thus relevant to students' vocations in the traditional sense of the word: instead of being just the first in a series of training and retraining designed to keep them abreast of recent developments in the changing job market, it provides students with a firm foundation for further learning, whatever their callings might be.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • Electives (Remaining Major Credits) may be chosen from courses with a PHIL prefix as well as courses in other disciplines. All electives must contribute to the student’s understanding of ethics or public policy and must be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
  • In general, a required course may not be counted as an elective; however, if either PHIL 365 or PHIL 495 or both are taken more than once, one section may be counted towards the fulfillment of the basic requirement, and the others may be counted as electives.

Program Recommendations:

In addition, the Philosophy program recommends that majors take at least two years of a foreign language—preferably French or German.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 Credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 30 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

PHIL 150 (3) is recommended to fulfill the Arts and Humanities requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 30 credits

Take all of the following courses:

PHIL 150Moral IssuesLAA3


PHIL 231Ancient Greek Philosophy


PHIL 233Modern Western Philosophy


PHIL 350Ethical Theory


PHIL 355Social and Political Philosophy


PHIL 495Advanced Seminar


PHIL 495: Specific offerings to be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

Take one of the following courses:

PHIL 311Environmental Ethics


PHIL 365Topics in Value Theory and Public Policy


PHIL 366Philosophy of Law


Remaining Major

Take 9 credits chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor. These may include additional subtitles of PHIL 365 or courses from other disciplines which engage with ethical & public policy issues.

3. University-Wide Credits — 59 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 59 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.