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Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


College: College of Liberal Arts & Communication

Department: English and Philosophy

Description

Courses offered in philosophy are designed to provide students with the knowledge and logical skills to understand and critically evaluate the intellectual, moral, and religious choices they encounter.

The program for students majoring in philosophy seeks to provide the background necessary for those preparing for law school, seminary, and graduate school as well as for those who simply seek a liberal education as the foundation of a career in business or industry.

Classes will introduce you to some of the perennial questions we encounter: Free Will and Determinism;  What makes an action right or wrong;  Reason and Religion.

What Skills Will You Develop?

Philosophy will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.  What is some of the evidence for this? Philosophy majors score higher on the Law School Admissions Test than any other area of the Liberal Arts.  Philosophy majors score higher than any other major on the verbal section of the Graduate Record Exam.

What Courses Will You Take?

First Year Seminar 3 hours
General Education Courses 46 hours
Foreign Language 3 to 12 hours
Intro to Philosophy 3 hours
Logic 3 hours
History of Philosophy 6 hours
Ethics 3 hours
Epistemology/Metaphysics 3 hours
Philosophy Electives 12 hours
Free Electives 33 hours
Total approx. 124 hours

How Are Some of Our Graduates Using Their Philosophy Degree?

Law:

  • Dustin Collier is attending Law School at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Charles Key, a recognized expert in Health Care Law, is a partner in a Memphis Law firm. 

Ministry:

  • Terry Proffitt attended Princeton Theological Seminary, and is minister of Delmar Baptist Church in St. Louis.

Government:

  • Marcus Devine is a Little Rock attorney who has led a number of state agencies.