Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are PHIL 1196, and either PHIL 4297 or PHIL 4298.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • Distribution Requirement for Humanities majors: Six upper level credits must be earned in the Social Science, Science, and/or interdisciplinary subject areas. Select from the following CLA departments and programs: Africology & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience (CLA), Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major department.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements. 
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements: 12 courses in Philosophy (36 credits):

PHIL 1066Introduction to Logic3
PHIL 2161History of Philosophy: Greek3
PHIL 2172History of Philosophy: Modern3
PHIL 1196Introduction to Philosophy3
Ethics
Select one of the following:3
Contemporary Ethical Theory
Classics in Moral Philosophy 1
Metaethics
Senior Seminar
PHIL 4298Senior Seminar3
or PHIL 4297 Pre-Law Tutorial
Six additional Philosophy courses at the 2000+ level 218
Total Credit Hours36
1

For scheduling reasons, especially for transfer students, another ethics-related course is often substituted.

2

PHIL 2196 does NOT count as an elective for the Philosophy major.

Suggested Requirements for the Philosophy Major with a Pre-Law Emphasis:

PHIL 1196Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 1055Critical Thinking3
PHIL 2161History of Philosophy: Greek3
PHIL 2172History of Philosophy: Modern3
PHIL 3243Philosophy of Law3
PHIL 4297Pre-Law Tutorial3
PHIL 3085Pre-Law Internship3
Five additional Philosophy courses at the 2000+ level15
Total Credit Hours36

Distinction in Major

Successful completion of PHIL 4999.

Suggested Academic Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
PHIL 1066Introduction to Logic3
PHIL 1196Introduction to Philosophy [WI]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
PHIL 2161History of Philosophy: Greek3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society course
 
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
PHIL 2172History of Philosophy: Modern3
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Contemporary Ethical Theory 
Classics in Moral Philosophy 
Metaethics 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
PHIL 4298 or 4297Senior Seminar [WI]13
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

PHIL 4298/PHIL 4297 may not be offered every semester. Check with advisor for offerings.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Emphasis

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
PHIL 1055Critical Thinking3
PHIL 1196Introduction to Philosophy [WI]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
PHIL 2161History of Philosophy: Greek3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society course
 
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
PHIL 2172History of Philosophy: Modern3
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
PHIL 3243Philosophy of Law13
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
One 2000+ Philosophy Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
PHIL 4297Pre-Law Tutorial [WI]23
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
PHIL 3075Pre-Law Seminar1,33
PHIL 3085Pre-Law Internship1,33
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

Typically offered only in the spring.

2

Course may not be offered every semester. Check with advisor for offerings.

3

PHIL 3085 must be taken with PHIL 3075.