B.A. in Philosophy (Pre-Law)

Program Information

Philosophy is the study of the principles of knowledge and valid reasoning; the foundations of morality, law, and society; and the fundamental structures of reality. It is an attempt to understand the basic relationships between human beings, God, and nature that guide the personal and professional lives of people and that constitute an essential aspect of human culture. It is also a search for critical tools to evaluate these commitments and to ensure objectivity, disciplined insight, and rational argument. The Department of Philosophy offers two undergraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration. Majors are urged to consult with their advisers in order to prepare the course of study most appropriate to their individual interests and needs. All majors planning to attend graduate school should consult closely with their advisers concerning courses appropriate for their anticipated graduate programs.

Career Opportunities

Philosophy is an appropriate study for anyone wishing a broad liberal education that teaches one how to think and that promotes self-awareness. It is particularly appropriate as a major or minor for those contemplating a career in law, administration, public service, politics, business, education, the sciences, or religion. Students in other fields are encouraged to consider the possibility of a double major with philosophy. The Department of Philosophy offers a wide variety of courses especially developed for students in business, health sciences, education, and public and urban affairs, as well as for those who pursue a scientific or humanistic career. For those studying the humanities or the sciences, philosophy provides invaluable critical skills, insight into methodological presuppositions, and an appreciation of the intellectual debates that have shaped history.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog.  This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

MATH 1101

3

POLS 1101

3

**GSU 1010

1

Area D Elective

4
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

LANG 1002

3

PHIL 1010

2

Area D Elective

4

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

**GSU 1010 is an optional course for students enrolled in a Freshman Learning Community.

Apply and enhance your philosophical skills by finding your own internship for credit (PHIL 4960).

Be sure to work toward some of the many undergraduate awards in philosophy, such as the Troy Moore Undergraduate Essay Contest in Ethics, or the Robert Almeder Award for best paper at the Georgia State Student Philosophy Symposium.


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

HIST 2110

3

PHIL 2010

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Area D Elective

3

Area F Elective (Econ 2105 suggested)

3
Total Hours 17

Term 2

Course Hours

*PHIL 3000

3

Area C Elective

3

Area E Elective

3

Area E Elective

3

Area F Elective (Econ 2106 suggested)

3

PHIL 1010

2
Total Hours 17

Notes

*This fulfills the CTW requirement.

Apply and enhance your philosophical skills by finding your own internship for credit (PHIL 4960).

Be sure to work toward some of the many undergraduate awards in philosophy, such as the Troy Moore Undergraduate Essay Contest in Ethics, or the Robert Almeder Award for best paper at the Georgia State Student Philosophy Symposium.


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

PHIL 3010

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

PHIL 3020

3

Area G Ethics requirement

3

Area G Elective (PHIL 4520 strongly suggested)

3

PHIL 4820

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Apply and enhance your philosophical skills by finding your own internship for credit (PHIL 4960).

Be sure to work toward some of the many undergraduate awards in philosophy, such as the Troy Moore Undergraduate Essay Contest in Ethics, or the Robert Almeder Award for best paper at the Georgia State Student Philosophy Symposium.


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

Area G M&E Requirement

3

Area G Elective (Pre-law class)

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

PHIL 4990

3

PHIL 4820

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area G Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

Apply and enhance your philosophical skills by finding your own internship for credit (PHIL 4960).

Be sure to work toward some of the many undergraduate awards in philosophy, such as the Troy Moore Undergraduate Essay Contest in Ethics, or the Robert Almeder Award for best paper at the Georgia State Student Philosophy Symposium.