DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Requirements for a Major in Philosophy
Thirty semester hours as follows:
A. Philosophy Core: (12 semester hours)
1. History: PHI 3310 and 3312
2. Logic: PHI 1306 or 1307 or 4345
3. Ethics: PHI 3301
B. Philosophy Concentration: Complete One Sequence
1. Sequence I: (18 semester hours)
a. Six semester hours of 4000 level Philosophy courses (other than 4345).
b. Twelve semester hours of any level electives.
2. Sequence II: Pre-Law Concentration (18 semester hours)
a. Nine semester hours from the following courses in legal, moral, and political philosophy: PHI 3318, 4318, 4360, 4361, 4385
b. Nine hours of any level electives. Additional courses in logic
recommended; see section C below for further recommendations.
3. Sequence III: Philosophy and Medicine (18 semester hours)
a. Nine semester hours from the following courses in philosophy of medicine: PHI 1309, 4363, 4300, 4325, 4310.
b. Nine hours of any level electives: see section C below for further recommendations.
4. Sequence IV: Departmental Honors
a. Nine semester hours of 4000 level Philosophy courses
b. Nine hours of any level electives.
c. Requirements in Other Areas: Admission to the Honors Program and completion of upper-division Honors Program Requirements; see Honors Program Handbook or the Honors Program section of the catalog for specific requirements.
C. In any sequence, a maximum of three semester hours from the following list of courses in other fields may be taken to fulfill elective requirements. Courses not on the list are considered by petition.
1. ANT 4305
2. ECO 4338, 4343
3. HIS 4338, 4339, 4395, 4396
4. PSC 3339*, 3363, 3373, 4383*
5. PSY 4327, 4329, 4339†, 4395
6. REL 4346, 4390, 4393, 4395†
7. SOC 4309, 4335*, 4353†, 4391
Courses marked by * are recommended for students with a pre-las concentration; courses marked by † are recommended for pre-health concentration.
D. A grade of “C” or better in all courses applied to the major.
E. Students completing World Cultures I, II, III, and IV in the BIC receive 6 hours credit toward the philosophy major.
Requirements for a Secondary Major in Philosophy
Twenty-seven semester hours including the following:
A. Two courses in the History of Philosophy: PHI 3310 and 3312.
B. One course in Logic: PHI 1306 or 1307 or 4345.
C. Six semester hours of “4000” level PHI courses (excluding PHI 4345).
D. Electives: 12 additional semester hours in PHI [NB: A total of 15 of the hours counted toward the major must be upper level (i.e., “3000-4000”).]
E. A grade of “C” or better in all courses applied to the major.
F. Students completing World Cultures I, II, III, and IV in Baylor Interdisciplinary Core receive six semester hours credit toward the major.
Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy
Eighteen semester hours including the following:
A. At least one course from PHI 1306, 1307, 4345.
B. Nine semester hours of “3000” or “4000” level courses.
C. A grade of “C” or better in all philosophy courses used for the minor.
D. Students completing World Cultures I, II, III, and IV in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core curriculum receive six semester hours credit toward the minor.
The philosophy program provides a solid foundation in the history of philosophy. In addition, the program involves in-depth study of specific subject areas, including logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. This dual emphasis cultivates students’ capacity for critical analysis, stimulates independent thinking, and promotes sound reasoning based on knowledge, moral discrimination, and religious insight.
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