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Philosophy

Philosophy

(minor required) B.A. Degree

The philosophy program at Ferrum College offers a course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.  Philosophy is a discipline that explores the fundamental concerns of human life, such as the structure of human existence, the existence of God, the ultimate nature of reality, the possibility of human knowledge, the role of reason, the essence of truth, the foundations of moral and aesthetic judgments, the meaning of life, and the challenge of death. 

A large number of careers can be shaped or enhanced by the study of philosophy due to the analytical abilities, interpretive skills, and probing attitude which it helps to develop.  While many graduates choose to attend graduate school in philosophy, as well as other disciplines, the philosophy program also offers a solid foundation for those with an interest in writing, editing, and publishing, and excellent pre-professional preparation for those interested in seminary, law school, or medical school.  Philosophy graduates have also chosen to enter the workplace as counselors, ethical consultants, and knowledge managers in both government and private industry, while many entertainers have found degrees in philosophy to be helpful in the development of their careers.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

  • PHI 498, 499 Senior Seminar

Degree Specific Requirements:

    Foreign language (at least 6 hours at the 200 level or above)

Required Courses (37)

Methodology (6 hours)

 

 

PHI 101 Logic

3

 

PHI 301 Fundamentals of Writing Philosophy

3

 

 

History of Philosophy (at least 9 hours)

 

 

PHI 221 Survey of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

3

 

PHI 222 Survey of Modern Philosophy

3

 

PHI 321 19th Century Continental Philosophy

3

 

PHI 332 Phenomenology and Existentialism

3

 

 

Problems of Philosophy  (at least 9 hours)

 

 

PHI 211 Ethics

3

 

PHI 316 Philosophy of Law

3

 

PHI 331 Metaphysics

3

 

PHI 326 Philosophy of History

3

 

PHI 431 Philosophy of Religion

3

 

 

Advanced (6 hours)

 

 

PHI 481 Seminar: Topics in Philosophical Studies

3

 

PHI 482 Seminar: Topics in Philosophical Studies

3

 

 

Experiential (4 hours)

 

 

PHI 498 Senior Seminar in Philosophy

2

 

PHI 499 Senior Seminar in Philosophy

2

 

 

Electives (3 hours)

 

Additional hours selected from any of the above requirements not taken otherwise or any of the electives listed below

 

 

PHI 131 The Human Condition

3

 

PHI 311 Business Ethics

3

 

PHI 312 Professional Ethics

3

 

PSC 303 Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Political Theories

3

 

PSC 304 Modern Ideologies

3

 

REL 331 Christian Theology

3

 

 

(May include up to three religion courses with the approval of the philosophy coordinator)

 

 

 

Total Hours Required in Major
(minor required)

37