Program Details

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Although majors are not required to take courses in philosophy in their first 2 years, the department recommends that they do so. Prospective majors are encouraged to begin with one of the 100-level courses. These courses provide introductions to broad areas of philosophy, and students may apply one 100-level course toward the major requirements. PHIL 310, PHIL 384, and PHIL 386 are required prerequisites for upper-division work and should be taken early. Prospective majors should consult the director of undergraduate studies early to plan course work.

Information and major declaration forms are available in the Department of Philosophy office.

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Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Philosophy Major Core Knowledge and Skills (3)3
Majors must complete a course in one of the following areas: 
History of Philosophy. Satisfied by either one of the following areas 
Ancient Philosophy 
Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant 
Philosophy Major Required Electives (24) 
Symbolic Logic. Satisfied by one of the following: 
PHIL 310Introduction to Symbolic Logic3
or PHIL 610Symbolic Logic
Value Theory. Satisfied by completing one of the following courses:3
PHIL 555Justice and Economic Systems3
PHIL 662Aesthetics3
PHIL 666Rational Choice Theory3
PHIL 668Political Philosophy3
PHIL 670Contemporary Ethical Theory3
PHIL 671Feminist Theories in Ethics3
PHIL 672History of Ethics3
PHIL 676Medical Ethics: Life and Death Issues3
PHIL 677Medical Ethics: Professional Responsibilities3
Theoretical Philosophy. Satisfied by completing one of the following courses:3
PHIL 620Philosophy of Natural Science3
PHIL 622Philosophy of Social Science3
PHIL 628Philosophy of Logic3
PHIL 630Philosophy of Mathematics3
PHIL 638Philosophy of Language3
PHIL 648Theory of Knowledge3
PHIL 650Metaphysics3
PHIL 654Philosophy of Mind3
History. Satisfied by completing one of the following courses: 
PHIL 508Early Greek Philosophy3
PHIL 557Kant3
PHIL 560Nineteenth Century Philosophy3
PHIL 562Kierkegaard3
PHIL 570Nietzsche3
PHIL 580Marxism3
PHIL 582Existentialism3
PHIL 590Phenomenology3
PHIL 592Contemporary Continental Philosophy3
PHIL 605The Philosophy of Plato3
PHIL 607The Philosophy of Aristotle3
PHIL 608Hellenistic Philosophy3
Additional Electives (12)12
Satisfied by completing 12 additional hours of PHIL courses, not more than 3 credit hours can be below 300 and at least 3 credit hours must be at the 500-level or above. 

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 hours of major courses, or 33 hours required if completing departmental honors course PHIL 499.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (500+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (500+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.