B.A. degree program in philosophy - philosophy honors option
HEGIS code 1509
NYS SED program code 02057

B.A. degree program in philosophy - full information and requirements

Philosophy is a writing-intensive major.
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Department requirements (25-38 credits)
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Option I: Philosophy
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Recommended for students planning graduate study in philosophy and for others for whom a broad background in philosophy is desirable.

The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

All of the following: Philosophy 3111, 3121, 3320, 3401, 3410.

Philosophy 3203 or 3204.

One additional Philosophy Department course numbered Philosophy 3101, or higher.


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Option II: Philosophy and Law
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Recommended for students planning careers involving public affairs, law, or planning and management.

The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

All of the following: Philosophy 3105, 3320, 3410, 3703, 3704, 3740.

Philosophy 3203 or 3210.

One of the following: Philosophy 3306 through 3317 or 3720.


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Option III: Philosophy and Other Fields
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Recommended for students planning careers in medicine, cognitive science, the arts, and for other students interested in acquiring a knowledge of philosophy that also contributes to the understanding of another field.

The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

Students must satisfy A, B, and C below.

A. One course from each of the following groups, (1), (2), (3), and (4):
(1) Philosophy 3111 or 3121.
(2) Philosophy 3203 or 3204 or 3210 or 3232.
(3) Philosophy 3320 or 3501 or 3704.
(4) Philosophy 3401 or 3410 or 3420.

B. Three courses: One course from each of the following groups, (1), (2), and (3) below. The course chosen from each group may not be used to satisfy any of the above Option III-A requirements or any other Option III-B requirement.

(1) One course chosen from Philosophy 3215 through 3239 or 3320 through 3329 or 3401 through 3429 or 3501 through 3799 or 3130 or 3805.

(2) One course chosen from Philosophy 3101 through 3199 or 3620 through 3629 or 3502 or 3703.

(3) One course chosen from Philosophy 3301 through 3317 or 3422 or 3520 or 3720 or 3805.

C. One of the following, (1) or (2) or (3) or (4) below:

(1) At least 12 credits in courses taken in a single department or program outside the Philosophy Department.

(2) At least 12 credits in any selection of the following science courses: Biology 1001, 1002; Chemistry 1040, 1050, 1100, 2050, 2100, 2500, 3510, 3520; Health and Nutrition Sciences 2109 or 2130; Physics 1100, 1111, 1112, 1150, 1190, 2100, 2150.

(3) A Minor in Cognitive Science or a Minor in Global Studies or a Minor in Corporate Social Responsibility. (Philosophy courses taken to complete a minor in cognitive science or to complete a minor in global studies or to complete a minor in corporate social responsibility can also be applied towards the satisfaction of Option III-A and Option III-B requirements for a major in philosophy.)

(4) A Minor in Philosophy and the Arts, or a Minor in Philosophy and the Sciences, or a Minor in Philosophy, Culture and the Social Sciences, or a Minor in Professional and Applied Ethics, or a Minor in Logic, Reasoning and Rationality. (Philosophy courses taken to complete a minor in philosophy and the arts, or to complete a minor in philosophy and the sciences, or to complete a minor in philosophy, culture and the social sciences or to complete a minor in professional and applied ethics, or to complete a minor in logic, reasoning and rationality can also be applied towards the satisfaction of the above Option III-A and Option III-B requirements for a major in philosophy.)

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Option IV: Philosophy and Business
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Recommended for students planning careers in business.

The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

Philosophy 3314 and 3320.

One course from each of the following groups, A), B), C), D), and E).

The course chosen from each group many not be used to satisfy any other Option IV requirement.

A) Philosophy 3203 or 3210.

B) Philosophy 3401, 3410, 3422, or 3530.

C) Philosophy 3123, 3130, 3141, or 3703.

D) Philosophy 3704 or 3740.

E) Philosophy 3305 through 3317, or 3145, or 3720.

One of the following groups, either Marketing/Management or Finance:

- Marketing/Management:
All of the following: Business 3240 or Psychology 3172; Business 3100, 3130, 3200.

- Finance:
Accounting 2001 and either Business 3400 or Economics 3400.
Two of the following: Economics 3320, Business 3310 or 3330.


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Option V: Philosophy Honors
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The department Chair, with the approval of the chair of the department's curriculum committee, may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program.

Students must satisfy A, B, C and D below.

A. All of the following: Philosophy 3111, 3121, 3320.
One of: Philosophy 3203 or 3204.
One of: Philosophy 3401 or 3410.

B. One course chosen from group (1), and one course chosen from group (2). The course chosen from each group may not be used to satisfy any of the above Option V-A requirements or any other Option V-B requirement.
(1) One of: Philosophy 3215, 3220, 3401 through 3429, 3530, 3601, 3610, 3611, 3621; and
(2) One of: Philosophy 3111 through 3159, 3501, 3512, 3702, 3703, 3704, 3730, 3740.

C. A student must complete at least one of the following seminars with honors credit and with a grade of B or higher:
Philosophy 4105 or 4110 or 5101 or 5102 or 5110 or 5111.

D. A student must have an academic index of 3.50 or higher in philosophy courses taken to satisfy the major.