3450 Philosophy

Programs Offered:

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

Department of Philosophy
16th floor, 25 Park Place Bldg.
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, writing, media, and all areas of 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

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (8-9):
    1. One of the following (2-3):
      • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2)
      • PHIL 2500 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3) (Required for Graduation with Distinction and can improve performance on LSAT for Pre-Law students.)
    2. One of the following (3):
      • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
      • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics (3)
    3. World language at the 1002 or higher level (3)
  2. Select additional 1000- or 2000-level courses from those with a subject in the core curriculum to complete 18 hours in Area F.
    • Recommended courses for the B.A. in Philosophy with no concentration: Any 1000/2000-level philosophy courses not used to fulfill requirements in Areas B, C, or F.
    • Recommended courses for the B.A. in Philosophy with a Pre-Law concentration:
      • Any 1000/2000-level philosophy courses not used to fulfill requirements in Areas B, C, or F.
      • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
      • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

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 Requirement (3):
    • PHIL 3000 Introductory Seminar in Philosophy-CTW (3)
  2. History of Philosophy Requirements (6):
  3. Value Theory Requirement (3):
    Select at least one of the following courses.

  4. Metaphysics and Epistemology Requirement (3):
    Select at least one of the following courses.

  5. Select four more philosophy courses at the 3000 or 4000-level. (12)

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

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 Requirement (3):
    • PHIL 3000 Introductory Seminar in Philosophy-CTW (3)
  2. History of Philosophy Requirements (6):
  3. Value Theory Requirement (3):
    Select at least one of the following courses.

  4. Metaphysics and Epistemology Requirement (3):
    Select at least one of the following courses.

  5. PHIL 4820 Philosophy of Law (3)
  6. Select two more philosophy courses at the 3000 or 4000 level. (6)
  7. Select one of the following courses (3-4):
    • AAS 3070 African-Americans in the Criminal Justice System (3)
    • AAS 4600 Enslavement and Resistance in North America (3)
    • AAS 4780 African-American Lesbian and Gay Activism (3)
    • CRJU: Any 3000- or 4000-level Criminal Justice course
    • HIST 3900 Human Rights in Historical Perspective (4)
    • HIST 4240 American Labor and Working Class (4)
    • HIST 4460 Bill of Rights (4)
    • HIST 4470 Legal and Constitutional History (4)
    • HIST 4532 Crime, Law, and Society in Early Modern Europe (4)
    • HIST 4620 Europe: Culture and Ideas (4)
    • LGLS: Any 3000- or 4000-level Legal Studies course
    • POLS: Any 3000- or 4000-level Political Science course
    • RELS 4140 Religion and Law (3)
    • RELS 4150 Religion, Nation, and Law (3)
    • RELS 4670 Church and State (3)
    • SOCI 3224 Crime and Punishment (3)
    • SOCI 3225 Youth and Crime (3)
    • SOCI 4218 Power and Politics (3)
    • SOCI 4366 Law and Society (3)

Other law-related 3000- 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 for information about the Minor in Ethics.

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW
course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitution for the other formerly required CTW course. Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at
cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/senior-advisement-90-credit-hours/.