Philosophy

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at St. Edward’s prepares you to become an innovative, logical thinker with a wide range of marketable skills — from rational analysis and analytical thinking to critical inquiry and logical problem solving. Through the in-depth study of life’s fundamental questions, you’ll grow as an individual as you propel your professional development.

You’ll examine traditional areas of philosophy, such as logic, epistemology, political theory and religion. And you’ll delve into ethics and debate moral dilemmas across the spectrum of society, including medicine, business, the environment, public policy and law.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Overview:

As a BA in Philosophy major, you’ll learn to read critically, challenge assumptions and use sound reasoning to construct effective arguments. Courses include readings of classic texts that spark thought-provoking discussions and question long-held beliefs. This program encourages you to specialize and conduct research in the works of major philosophers and philosophical themes.

Many students select this degree to prepare for graduate studies in such areas as law, medicine, theology, or business. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and independent research projects — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

With a BA in Philosophy degree, you’ll develop the critical thinking and analytical skills in demand in multiple fields, including business, journalism, public administration, healthcare, law, education and communications. For example, you could become a policy writer for a city agency; a content strategist for an Internet company; a book, film and movie critic for a publisher; or a fundraiser for an environmental nonprofit. With a graduate degree, you could teach at the college level.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (39 CREDIT HOURS):
• Logic
• History of Philosophy I
• History of Philosophy II
• History of Philosophy III
• Ethical Analysis
• Philosophy of Religion
• Theory of Knowing
• Philosophy of Science
• Directed Readings
• Senior Seminar
• Electives (Nine hours of electives including six hours of upper division courses chosen from any philosophy courses not previously taken.)

V. SUPPORTING REQUIRED COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS):
• History of Christian Theology I or History of Christian Theology II

VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.