3450 Philosophy

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
    • Concentration in Pre-Law
  • Minor in Philosophy
  • Minor in Ethics

Department of Philosophy
34 Peachtree St., Suite 1100
404/413-6100
philosophy.gsu.edu

George Rainbolt, Chair
Eddy Nahmias, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Philosophy is the study of what exists, how we know, and how to live.  Students of philosophy consider questions about the scientific method, human nature, justice, God, art, and the meaning of life.  Philosophy majors develop the intellectual abilities to think critically and to write effectively.  They learn to apply these valuable skills in other disciplines, in their career, and in their life.  Because philosophy deals with fundamental questions and explores methods for answering them, it is highly interdisciplinary, connecting to every other discipline in the university curriculum.  Hence, philosophy is an ideal double major or minor.  Philosophy prepares students for careers and graduate programs that value the abilities to solve problems, to communicate clearly, to learn new skills, and to use new knowledge.  It is an excellent major for a wide range of careers, including law, government, the sciences, medicine, public service, education, religion, and business.

The Department of Philosophy offers a B.A. in Philosophy and B.A. in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration, as well as minors in Philosophy and in Ethics.   The Department maintains an extensive website, philosophy.gsu.edu.


Program Academic Regulations

A 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course is a prerequisite for all 4000-level philosophy courses. Majors are strongly urged to take Phil 2010 and, Phil 3000 before taking 4000-level courses.

Program Degree Requirements

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.A. in Philosophy

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

  1. Area B: The Department recommends that philosophy majors take PHIL 1010 in Area B.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (8-9)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2500 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3) (Recommended, and required for Graduation with Distinction.) or
    • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2)
    • Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
  2. Select additional 1000/2000-level courses from core curriculum Areas B, C, D, or E to complete the 18 hours required in Area F.

Area G: Major Courses (27)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

To satisfy the requirements for the B.A. degree with a major in philosophy, students must take a total of 27 semester hours in philosophy courses at the 3000 level or above, including the following distribution requirements:

  1. CTW Requirements (6)
    • PHIL 3000 Introductory Seminar in Philosophy-CTW (3)
    • PHIL 4990 Senior Seminar in Philosophy-CTW (3)
  2. History of Philosophy Requirements (6)
  3. Value Theory Requirement: Select at least one of the following courses. (3)
  4. Metaphysics and Epistemology Requirement: Select at least one of the following courses. (3)
  5. Three more philosophy courses (9 hours) at the 3000 or 4000-level
    • Students preparing to apply to graduate programs in philosophy are encouraged to take the following courses while completing the normal requirements:
    • PHIL 4100 Epistemology (3)
    • PHIL 4300 Metaphysics (3)
    • PHIL 4700 Ethics (3)

B.A. in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration

Area A-F requirements are the same for the B.A. in Philosophy and the B.A. in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

  1. Area B: The department recommends that philosophy majors take PHIL 1010 to satisfy an Area B.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (9)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2500 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3) (Recommended and required for Graduation with Distinction. This course can improve performance on LSAT.) or
    • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2) or
    • Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
  2. Recommended Courses
  3. Select additional 1000/2000 level courses from core curriculum Areas B, C, D, or E to complete the 18 hours required in Area F.

Area G: Major Courses (27-28)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses. To satisfy the requirements for the B.A. degree with a major in philosophy with a pre-law concentration, students must take a total of 27 semester hours at the 3000 level or above, including the following distribution requirements:

  1. CTW Requirements (6)
    • PHIL 3000 Introductory Seminar in Philosophy-CTW (3)
    • PHIL 4990 Senior Seminar in Philosophy-CTW (3)
  2. History of Philosophy Requirements (6)
  3. Value Theory Requirement: Select at least one of the following courses. (3)
  4. Metaphysics and Epistemology Requirement: Select at least one of the following courses. (3)
  5. PHIL 4820 Philosophy of Law (3)
  6. One more philosophy course (3 hours) at the 3000 or 4000-level.
  7. One of the following courses (3-4)

Other law-related 3000 level or 4000-level courses (in any College) approved in advance by the Philosophy Pre-Law Advisor. No courses will be approved after a student has enrolled in the course.

Graduation with Distinction

To graduate with distinction in the Philosophy major, the student must have excelled in his or her philosophy courses and undergraduate career.  For a student to earn Graduation with Distinction, the student must have at least a 3.5 GPA in the major and 3.5 GPA overall, must have passed PHIL 2500 (Introduction to Symbolic Logic), and must be in good academic standing. Rare exceptions may be made by faculty vote.

Minor in Philosophy

Students who wish to minor in Philosophy must take at least 15 hours in courses in philosophy, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 or 4000-level. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in the specific area may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

Minor in Ethics (see section 3250)