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Philosophy: General

Bachelor of Arts

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Philosophy is the study of ideas, important problems and puzzles, in which questions are approached through reflection and analysis, and also through interdisciplinary experimentation with fields like psychology and cognitive science. Students find study in the discipline provides insight into life's fundamental concerns and helps develop a capacity for clear thinking and perceptive judgment. A Philosophy - General Track major will experience coursework in the history of philosophy; philosophy of the mind; ethics; metaphysics; and philosophy in the context of religion, culture and literature. History of philosophy covers ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Philosophy of the mind includes discussions about agency and autonomy, the mind/brain problem and the intersection of ethics and neuroscience and cognitive science. Ethics covers contemporary problems in business ethics, medical ethics, scientific ethics and legal ethics. Our course topics also include the philosophy of concepts including happiness, freedom, justice, morality, and consciousness. Philosophy does not restrict you to a specific field after graduation because it instills problem solving, analysis, and logic skills that will be useful in a wide variety of career fields. The reading and writing foci of Philosophy help students excel in communication skills. Learning about multiple viewpoints leads students to work effectively in teams and in supervisory and administrative positions. Skills in problem-solving and analysis provide excellent foundations for executive and other leadership roles in any field. Some additional suggestions for Philosophy graduates could be in advocacy, mediation, communications, education, or policy-making. Philosophy students who complete the General track are well prepared to pursue graduate work in philosophy at the Masters or PhD level, or graduate work in business or public policy; and the philosophy major continues to rank among the top preferred majors for law school.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://philosophy.arizona.edu/
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101: First-Year Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102: First-Year Composition 3
Math 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
PHIL History Course 3
PHIL Ethics Course 3
General Elective 3
5th Semester
PHIL 202 3
PHIL History Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Upper-Division General Elective 3
6th Semester
PHIL 344 3
PHIL Metaphysics/Epistemology Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course Upper-Division 3
Upper-Division General Elective 3
7th Semester
PHIL Logic/Language Course 3
PHIL Elective Course 3
PHIL Elective Course 3
Minor Course Upper-Division 3
Minor Course Upper-Division 3
8th Semester
PHIL Elective Course 3
PHIL Elective Course 3
Upper-Division General Elective 3
Upper-Division General Elective 3
Upper-Division General Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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