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Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Philosophy (B.A.)


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Program: B.A.
Department of Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 23~ 260-481-6366 ~ www.ipfw.edu/phil


The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows: 

  • Possess general knowledge and critical appreciations of western and non-western philosophical thought, its principles branches and their history.
  • Acquisition and honing of close reading, creative writing, and critical thinking skills.

The major in philosophy is a traditional humanities and liberal-arts program covering the principal branches and divisions of philosophy including their history. The philosophy major is good preparation for graduate study in philosophy. The philosophy major also serves as a preprofessional program for the ministry, law, or health sciences. It is often encouraged for a student to be a double major in philosophy and something else.

To earn the Bachelor of Arts with a major in philosophy, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and complete the following courses:


IPFW General Education Requirements


Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations


Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area III–The Individual, Culture, and Society Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area IV—Humanistic Thought


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

 

  • Additional credits in Area IV Credits: 3

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis (not in PHIL) Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


Foreign Language


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 14

Distribution (not in PHIL)


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part C Credits: 9

Cultural Studies


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part D

Additional credits in PHIL courses, including one at the 500 level Credits: 9


General Elective Courses


Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 124.

Total Credits: 124


Honors in Philosophy


A student may earn an honors B.A. degree in philosophy by achieving an overall GPA of 3.5 and a philosophy GPA of 3.5 or higher; conducting a two-semester (6 credit) research project; preparing a senior thesis based on the research project; and giving an oral presentation of the thesis research. The senior thesis committee must be established one semester before graduation.

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