Degree Requirements

Philosophy, B.A.

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies 
615-898-2907
Ron Bombardi, program coordinator
Ron.Bombardi@mtsu.edu

Courses for the B.A. in Philosophy are intended to acquaint students with philosophical methods, systems, and problems, as well as supply a philosophical background for graduate study in philosophy or related areas.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Philosophy, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Science categories.

The following General Education course is recommended for this major:

  • PHIL 1030 (Hum/FA)

Major Requirements (30 hours)

The Philosophy major requires a 2.00 GPA.

  • PHIL 4010 - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. The development of philosophical thought from Thales to Occam. Offered fall only.

  • PHIL electives 21 credit hours

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

Students must complete 2010 and 2020 or any 6 hours above the 2000 level in a foreign language or otherwise demonstrate competency in a foreign language.

Minor (15-18 credit hours)

Electives (25-28 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Philosophy, B.A.

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Foreign language 1010 and 1020 6 credit hours (or electives if competency otherwise established)
  • PHIL elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours (PHIL 1030 recommended)
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • PHIL elective 3 credit hours (PHIL 3150 recommended)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Foreign language 2010 and 2020 6 credit hours

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Junior

  • PHIL electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor electives 12 credit hours
  • General electives 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • PHIL 4010 - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. The development of philosophical thought from Thales to Occam. Offered fall only.

  • PHIL electives 9 credit hours
  • Minor elective 3 credit hours
  • General (or minor) electives 3 credit hours
  • General electives 7 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours