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The Department of Philosophy


How to Apply: No application. Students declare through SIUE's General Advising Office.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program, students must:

1. Complete all Academic Development courses required by the University.

2. Complete any courses required to address high school deficiencies.

3. Complete RA101, PHIL 207, or PHIL 213 with a grade of C or better.

Note: RA101 does not count toward the major in philosophy.

Exit Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy, students must:

1. Complete all specific program requirements.

2. Complete all University requirements.

3. Complete PHIL 480 - Senior Assignment.

4. Complete PHIL 490 - Philosophy Seminar.

5. File an Application of Graduation by the first day of the term in which you plan to graduate.

Application Deadline

There is no deadline; however, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Degree Requirements (120 hours total)

General Education Requirements (35 hours)

University general education requirements are outlined in the General Education section of this catalog and included

in the sample curriculum outline. Some general education requirements may be satisfied while completing this major.

Philosophy Course Requirements (33 hours)

Area Requirements (15 hours, fi ve different courses)

1. Three different courses including at least one course from each of the following three areas:

A.      History of Western Philosophy

 PHIL 300 – Ancient

 PHIL 301 – Medieval

 PHIL 303 – Nineteenth Century Western

 PHIL 304 – Eighteenth Century Philosophy

 PHIL 307 – Seventeenth Century Philosophy

 PHIL 308 – Twentieth Century European

 PHIL 309 – Twentieth Century Analytic

B.      Metaphysics and Epistemology

 PHIL 310 – Theories of Knowledge

 PHIL 315 – Philosophical Concepts in Science

 PHIL 330 – Metaphysics

 PHIL 350 – Philosophy of Mind

 PHIL 411 – Advanced Logic

 PHIL 415 – Philosophy of Language

C.      Value Theory

 PHIL 320 – Ethics

 PHIL 321 – Ethics in the Medical Comm.

 PHIL 322 – Environmental Ethics

 PHIL 323 – Engineering, Ethics, and Prof.

 PHIL 340 – Social and Political Philosophy

 PHIL 343 – Philosophy of Law

 PHIL 344 – Women and Values

 PHIL 346 – Feminist Theory

 PHIL 348 -- Law and Society

 PHIL 440 – Classical Political Theory

 PHIL 441 – Modern Political Theory

 PHIL 481 – Media Ethics

 PHIL 496 – Adv. Topics in Ethical Theory

 PHIL 498 – Legal Theory

2. Two different courses, including at least one from any two of A, B and C:

A.      Cultural Pluralism

 PHIL 334 – World Religions

 PHIL 335 – Islamic Thought

 PHIL 337 – American Indian Thought

 PHIL 344 – Women and Values

 PHIL 345 – Philosophy and Women

 PHIL 347 – Philosophical Foundations of Racism

 PHIL 390 – Philosophy Here and Abroad

B.      Religion

 PHIL 331 – Philosophy, Science and Religion

 PHIL 333 – Philosophy of Religion

 PHIL 334 – World Religions

 PHIL 335 – Islamic Thought

 PHIL 336 – Christian Thought

 PHIL 337 - American Indian Thought

C.      Special Fields

 PHIL 305 – Existentialism

 PHIL 306 – American Philosophy

 PHIL 314 – Philosophy of Science

 PHIL 325 – Philosophy of Art

 PHIL 326 – Philosophy and Film

 PHIL 328 – Philosophy and Literature

 PHIL 495 – Independent Readings

3. PHIL 480 – Senior Assignment (3 hours)

4. PHIL 490 – Philosophy Seminar (3 hours)

5. Philosophy Electives (12 hours)

A grade of C or above must be earned in all Philosophy courses to count toward the required 33 hours.

Other Program Requirements

Minor (18 hours)

For BA:

8 hours Foreign Language

6 additional courses (18 hours) in Humanities or

Fine and Performing Arts (may include Philosophy courses)

Additional electives (20-26 hours)

For BS:

Second LAB experience

8 courses (24 hours) in Life, Physical, or Social Sciences

Additional Electives (12-18 hours)


The Philosophy Minor

A minor in philosophy consists of successful completion (C or better) of 18 hours in philosophy, including three different courses in three of the six areas.

PHIL 111 may count toward the 18 hours.

Students must successfully complete (earn a grade of C or above) RA101, PHIL 207, or PHIL 213 before applying for a minor in philosophy. PHIL 106 does not count for credit toward the 18 hours for the minor in philosophy.

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