Philosophy

Bachelor of Art in Philosophy

The study of philosophy is excellent preparation for graduate study, professional school, seminary, and any career path in which clear thought and expression are valued. It cultivates skill in clear thinking and writing, in logical criticism, and it increases the power and discipline of the imagination. But more importantly, the study of philosophy is of intrinsic value. Philosophy deepens and intensifies engagement with fundamental questions regarding the self, others and the world that arise in everyday life. The Philosophy Department at Auburn pursues the study of philosophy both historically and analytically, exposing students to the great philosophers and philosophies of the past and of the present. The Department teaches high standards of reading and writing and conversation. It expects students to become adept at criticizing the view of others and their own views. Relevant lessons are taught in the classroom, in informal discussion, in colloquia and in the Philosophy Club. The Department sees its faculty and students as philosophers working together to become better philosophers.

Requirements for major in philosophy

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in philosophy from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Philosophy

Requirement for minors:

15 hours of PHIL beyond courses taken in the University Core Curriculum, including at least 12 hours above the 1000 level and 9 hours above the 2000 level.

Minor in Philosophy and Religion

  • 15 hours of classes as follows (these are in addition to the 3 hours of philosophy required by the University Core requirements):
  • PHIL 1080 or 3300 (3)
  • 12 hours of coursework from the following list: ANTH 2700, ENGL 3360, HIST 3040, MUSI 3510, PHIL 1080, 3340, 3500, 3700, 3740, POLI 3390, 3560, any RELG, or any course approved by the program director

For more information about Philosophy

Philosophy Program Website


Careers in Philosophy

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Medical Ethics
  • Business
  • Clergy
  • Public Policy
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • Nonprofits

Curriculum in Philosophy

Philosophy major requires a total of 33 hours with no more than 3 hours at the 1000 level, no more than 3 hours at the 2000 level, and at least 6 hours at the 4000 level.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Math3Core Social Science3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core Fine Arts3
Core History3Core Humanities3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
 ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
 13 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Social Science3Core Science II4
Core Science I4Core History to complete sequence3
Courses from Part 3: 1000- or 2000-Level Topics in Philosophy23Courses from Part 2: History of Philosophy13
Core Literature3PHIL 3110 Symbolic Logic3
LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2Elective3
 15 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Courses from Part 2: History of Philosophy13Electives9
COMM 1000 Public Speaking23Courses from Part 3: Topics in Philosophy23
Electives63000 / 4000 PHIL Electives3
3000 / 4000 PHIL Electives3 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Electives9Electives9
PHIL 4970 Special Topics43PHIL 4970 Special Topics43
Courses From Part 3: Topics in Philosophy23UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 Courses From Part 3: Topics in Philosophy23
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Part 2: History of Philosophy Courses - PHIL 3330,PHIL 3400, PHIL 3340, PHIL 3350, PHIL 3360, and PHIL 3740

2

Part 3: Topics in Philosophy Courses - Every 1000-Level PHIL course (can only count one 1000-level in major), PHIL 2970 (can only count once in Major), every 3000-Level PHIL course (except for PHIL 3110 and courses in Part 2 above)

3

 COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

4

 The Philosophy Senior Seminar is PHIL 4970, and topics will be determined by the faculty member teaching the course.

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Last Updated: July 14, 2016