College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences >Department of Philosophy >Philosophy, B.A.
Philosophy majors must complete 27 semester hours in philosophy, 18 of which are advanced. Logic II, one course in ethics, and two approved courses in the history of philosophy must be included. Ethics courses include PHIL 1305 , PHIL 3350 , PHIL 3351 , PHIL 3354 , PHIL 3355 , PHIL 3375 , and appropriate selected topics courses. Of the two courses in history of philosophy, one can be from any historical period. The other must be from either the ancient period (e.g., PHIL 3383 ) or from the early modern period (e.g., PHIL 3304 , PHIL 3305 , and PHIL 3376 ). A selected topics course from one of these periods may again be substituted.
A minimum of 15 semester hours must be done in residence, and 12 of those must be advanced. A 2.00 minimum grade point average is required on all major courses attempted at the University of Houston.
Majors must also meet the general requirements for any Bachelor of Arts degree.
The study of philosophy can reasonably be pursued in so many diverse ways that to suggest a uniform program of study would be at best unhelpful and quite possibly misleading. Students should, of course, begin with one of the introductory courses (PHIL 1301 or PHIL 1305 ) and should also take Logic I relatively early.
Beyond that, the individual student’s program should be worked out in close consultation with the departmental undergraduate advisor. This consultation will range not only over the proposed program of philosophy courses, but also over the entire undergraduate curriculum, in an attempt to ensure that it is both coherent and appropriate to the student’s long-range goals.