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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy


Requirements for a Major in Philosophy


In an era when many majors are inflated because of the influence of careerism, specialization, and external accrediting agencies, the credit hour requirements for the philosophy major remain modest at only 30. This is because we take seriously the value of electives in the student’s college program, the value of exploring and discovering one’s real interests. The number of required hours in philosophy is also modest because we wish to encourage students to discover the importance of relating philosophy to other fields through double majors, minors, and clusters of elective courses indicating developed proficiencies.

The previous information emphasizes the importance of the advising relationship. In order to facilitate this relationship, the philosophy major requires a study plan through which the student’s work can be consciously developed and articulated. A first draft of the study plan must be completed with the advisor by the beginning of the junior year, revised each successive semester, and completed in the Capstone course.

Degree Requirements


The philosophy B.A. requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language (201). We strongly encourage completing the fourth semester of the language (202) as well.

Electives


Students may choose electives from any other courses in the philosophy program course listings. Courses numbered PHI 306, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, and 380 may be repeated for credit when their content varies.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Philosophy


First Year

Second through Fourth Years

  • Additional required PHI courses
  • PHI electives
  • Intermediate language (201) for B.A. degree; fourth semester language (202) is recommended

Final Year

Philosophy Program Description


Click here for the program description.