Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Philosophy

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Students must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  6. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  7. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Philosophy requires 30 hours including the following Philosophy courses: 
    PHIL 1305Philosophy and Critical Thinking3
    or PHIL 1320 Ethics and Society
    PHIL 2311History of Philosophy Before 16003
    PHIL 2312History of Philosophy Since 16003
    PHIL 2330Elementary Logic3
    PHIL 3320Ethics3
    or PHIL 3332 Social and Political Philosophy
    or PHIL 4350 Philosophy of the Arts
    PHIL 4370Metaphysics3
    or PHIL 4355 Philosophy of Science
    or PHIL 4356 Philosophy of Knowledge
    Advanced Philosophy Electives12
    Total Hours30
  8. Graduating seniors must submit a portfolio of their work and participate in an exit interview with the Philosophy faculty. Details about the portfolio are available in the Department’s main office.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3Modern Language 14204
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
Modern Language 14104PHIL 2330 (BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science [TCCN PHIL 2303])3
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3
 17 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
Modern Language 23103PHIL 23123
Mathematics Component Code 0203ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3
PHIL 2311 (TCCN PHIL 2316)3Modern Language 23203
American History Component Code 0603American History Component Code 0603
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHIL Advanced Electives3PHIL 3320, 3332, or 43503
PHIL 4370, 4355, or 43563Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3Minor6
BA ENG Literature [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3 
 15 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHIL Advanced Electives6PHIL Advanced Electives3
Electives (as needed)6Minor6
Minor3Electives (as needed)6
 15 15
Total Hours: 120