Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Undergraduate Programs


Philosophy

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Philosophy major is met by completing Philosophy 492, or, with prior approval, Philosophy 499. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (5) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following Philosophy courses (36 to 40 credits):  
      (1) Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
        PHL 210 Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
        PHL 211 Modern Philosophy 3
      (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        PHL 130 Logic and Reasoning 3
        PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
        PHL 432 Logic and its Metatheory 4
      (3) One of the following courses (3 credits):  
        PHL 340 Ethics   3
        PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
      (4) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
        PHL 418 Topics in 20th-Century Analytical Philosophy 3
        PHL 420 Topics in 20th-Century Continental Philosophy 4
        PHL 460 Epistemology 3
        PHL 461 Metaphysics 3
      (5) The following capstone course (3 credits):  
        PHL

    492

    Capstone for Majors (W) 3
        With the prior written approval of the Department, Philosophy 499 may be substituted for Philosophy 492.  
      (6) A minimum of three 400-level courses, excluding Philosophy 492 or 499. Courses used to satisfy requirement 3. a. (4) may also be used to satisfy requirement 3. a. (6).  
      (7) Philosophy electives: Additional credits in Philosophy courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major.  



Minor in Philosophy

The Minor in Philosophy, which is administered by the Department of Philosophy, will broaden students’ understanding of philosophical issues, assist them in learning to think critically, and to apply this knowledge and understanding to their chosen field of study.

This  minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Philosophy.

Requirements for the Minor in Philosophy

               
Complete 18 to 20 credits from the following:  
1. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  PHL 130 Logic and Reasoning 3
  PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
  PHL 432 Logic and its Metatheory 4
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
  PHL 210 Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
  PHL 211 Modern Philosophy 3
3. Complete one 400-level philosophy course (3 or 4 credits)  
4. Complete an additional 9 credits in philosophy courses as approved by the academic advisor.  



Minor in Philosophy and Law

The Minor in Philosophy and Law, which is administered by the Department of Philosophy, combines general training in philosophical ideas, debates, and methods with more focused work on the analytical, critical, and normative issues that arise with laws, legal institutions, and professional work.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Philosophy.

Requirements for the Minor in Philosophy and Law

Complete 18 credits from the following:

               
1. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  PHL 130 Logic and Reasoning 3
  PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
  PHL 432 Logic and its Metatheory 4
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  PHL 354 Philosophy of Law 3
  PHL 454 Topics in Philosophy of Law 3
3. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  PHL 340 Ethics 3
  PHL 342 Environmental Ethics 3
  PHL 344 Ethical Issues in Health Care 4
  PHL 345 Business Ethics 4
  PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
  PHL 351 African Philosophy 3
  PHL 353 Core Themes in Peace and Justice Studies 3
  PHL 355 Philosophy of Technology (W) 4
  PHL 356 Philosophical Aspects of Feminism 4
  PHL 357 Philosophy of Karl Marx 3
4. Complete one 400-level Philosophy course as approved by the student’s academic advisor. 3 or 4
5. Complete additional Philosophy courses as approved by the student’s academic advisor. 4 to 8