May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Philosophy, B.A.

Location(s): West Palm Beach Campus (Day)

120 Credit Hours

Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 20

  1. Apply knowledge to actual situations.
  2. Break down ideas into simpler parts.
  3. Find evidence to support generalizations.
  4. Compile component ideas into a whole.
  5. Construct, critically evaluate, and defend arguments.
  6. Articulate their comprehension of primary source readings.
  7. Analyze first order predicate and propositional logic.
  8. Demonstrate fair-mindedness when comparing divergent philosophical outlooks.
  9. Adopt a personal stance toward a variety of truth claims.
  10. Think in depth about the life of faith.

Graduation Requirements

Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements outlined here .

NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.

Visit this program’s information page  for additional program-specific requirements.

Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) - 43 Credit Hours

 Philosophy majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements  as set out in Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Program . This program requires a grade of at least C for all Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) requirements.

  • Global Studies Recommendation: The Philosophy department suggests that philosophy majors take PHL 1053 - Asian Philosophies  to satisfy the Global Studies requirement.
  • Social Science Recommendation: The Philosophy department suggests that philosophy majors take PHL 1103 - Foundations of Social Science  to satisfy the Social Science requirement.


Philosophy, B.A. Program- 35 Credit Hours

Philosophy Major - 30 Credit Hours

Required Ethics Courses - 3 Credit Hours

Majors in Philosophy must take one of the following courses:

Philosophy Core Courses - 9 Credit Hours

Majors in Philosophy must take any three of the following courses:

History of Philosophy Courses - 9 Credit Hours

Majors in Philosophy must take any three of the following courses:

Philosophy Department Science Requirements for Majors: 5 Credit Hours

Students in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences must take five additional hours of natural science: 1 lab to accompany the course taken for Faith, Roots and Reason (general education), BIO 1043 BIO 1023 ESC 1043 , OCY 1043 FOR 1003 , PHY 1033 PHY 1063 , or PHY 2113 , and one additional natural science course and accompanying lab. The two natural sciences must be in different areas: one must be a life science (biology) and the other must be a physical science (chemistry, physics, oceanography, earth science, or forensic science). In sum, students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of natural science courses (one life science and one physical science, with their associated labs).

NOTE:  No more foreign language requirement for Philosophy majors.

NOTE: No more thesis requirement for Philosophy majors

Additional Required Credit Hours - 42 Credit Hours

This program must include a minor or an additional major.

Sample Degree Plan

Philosophy Degree Plan