About the Program

simoneThe 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.

Required Courses:

PHI 101  Logic

PHI 221  Survey of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

PHI 222  Survey of Modern Philosophy

PHI 481, 482  Seminar:  Topics in Philosophical Studies

PHI 498, 499  Senior Seminar in Philosophy

18 hours from the following courses:

PHI 131  The Human Condition

PHI 211  Ethicsphilosophy-china

PHI 311  Business Ethics

PHI 321  19th Century Continental Philosophy

PHI 326  Philosophy of History

PHI 331  Metaphysics

PHI 332  Phenomenology and Existentialism

PSC 303  Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Political Theories

PSC 304  Modern Ideologies

PHI 431  Philosophy of Religion

What can I do with a major in Philosophy?

  • College Professor
  • Lawyerhypatia
  • Counselor
  • Minister
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Physician
  • Editor
  • Ethical Consultant
  • Knowledge Manager

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