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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, including the hours of the Core Curriculum requirements. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog..

Note: If a language is used to satisfy the three-hour World Society and Issues core requirement, students will need to take an additional three hours in the same language for the degree requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. 33 semester credit hours:

    PHI  2013  Basic Philosophical Problems
    PHI  2023  Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
    PHI  2033  Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy
    PHI  2043  Introductory Logic
    PHI  3213  Ethics
    PHI  3223  Approaches to Knowledge and Reality
    PHI  4973  Seminar for Philosophy Majors

    12 additional upper-division semester credit hours of philosophy electives, at least 6 of which must be at the 4000 level, is required for all Philosophy majors.

  2. 6 semester credit hours in a single language other than English

  3. 12 semester credit hours of approved support work, at least 6 hours of which must be at the upper-division level, in one of the following categories:


  4. 27 semester credit hours of electives

Honors in Philosophy

Students whose grade point average in the philosophy major before the beginning of their final year at UTSA is 3.25 or above, and whose overall grade point average is 3.0, may earn Honors in Philosophy. To do so, a student must complete a substantial paper approved by the Department Scholarship and Honors Committee and maintain a 3.25 grade point average in the major. The grade point average requirements apply to all transfer work as well as all courses taken at UTSA.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Philosophy

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Philosophy degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – Four-Year Academic Plan

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
WRC 1013 (core)  3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3
Foreign language (semester I) 3 or 4 Foreign language (semester II) 3 or 4
Mathematics core 3 Social & Behavioral Science core 3
Natural Sciences Level I core 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
Total semester hours 15 or 16 Total semester hours 15 or 16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
PHI 2013  3 PHI 2033 3
PHI 2023 3 PHI 2043  3
POL 1013 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
Literature core 3 Support work 3
Support work 3 Visual & Performing Arts core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
ECO 2023, 2013, or 2023 (core) 3 PHI 3223 3
PHI 3213 3 Free elective 3
Upper-division PHI elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division support work 3 Upper-division PHI elective 3
World Society & Issues core 3 Upper-division support work 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
PHI 4000-level elective 3 PHI 4973 3
Free elective 3 PHI 4000-level elective 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Upper-division free elective 3 Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1 or 3
Upper-division free elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 13 or 15

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