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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Philosophy

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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, PHIL 386, and PHIL 388 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.

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

Philosophy Major Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Ancient Philosophy. Satisfied by PHIL 384.
  • Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant. Satisfied by PHIL 386.

Philosophy Major Required Electives

Additional Electives

Satisfied by completing 6 additional hours of PHIL courses, 3 hours of which must be at the 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 496.

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 12 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.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for philosophy.

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