Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Program Contact: Scott McLean 203-582-8686

Philosophy is an ancient project, but one that continues to evolve as humans attempt to respond ethically to challenges in the coming century: peace, environmental sustainability, globalization, technology, the needs for health and security, and the yearning for love and justice. The Philosophy major is structured to equip students with the conceptual tools and techniques of inquiry necessary to arrive at thoughtful responses to the world’s challenges through their knowledge of different eras, themes and figures in the history of philosophy, both inside and outside the Western tradition.

Students learn to reflect critically, ethically and holistically on the significance of these tools and techniques to their own lives and to the world they are about to inherit. Students develop analytical and research skills in philosophical inquiry as they explore the history of philosophy and the current status of the main problems in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics.

Students who major in Philosophy develop competence in reasoning techniques, and will appraise the validity (and invalidity) of arguments, expose hidden assumptions, recognize fallacies and make a precise and coherent case in support of their own views. Philosophy graduates will be skilled in combining and synthesizing information from a wide range of sources, and in reflecting on their own thinking and experience. Students complete the major with a senior seminar in which they isolate and define a specific philosophical question that they explore in a senior thesis.

BA in Philosophy Curriculum

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, the BA in Philosophy requires the completion of 36 credits distributed as follows, with a minimum grade of C in all courses. No more than 6 credits of independent study (PL 299, PL 396, PL 399) may count toward completion of the major.

University Curriculum
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Philosophy Core Requirements
PL 101Introduction to Philosophy3
PL 202Logical Reasoning3
PL 220Ethics and Human Values3
PL 332Ancient Philosophy3
PL 333Modern Philosophy3
PL 401Senior Seminar3
Electives
Select six philosophy or cognate courses:18
Philosophy courses:
Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (PO 217)
Bioethics
Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Technology and Social Transformation
Philosophy of Sport (SPS 240)
Philosophy of Art
Living Religions of the World
Diverse Global Philosophies
Philosophy of Religion
Independent Study in Philosophy
Philosophy of War and Peace (PO 312)
Thought and Work of Albert Schweitzer (SL:Service Learning)
Philosophy and Gender (WS 330)
Philosophy of Humor
Medieval Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)
Paradoxes
Philosophy of Sex and Love
Philosophy of Death and Dying
Critical Game Studies (GDD 395)
Philosophy Internship
Directed Research in Philosophy
Cognate courses: 1
Intelligent Systems
Ancient Greece
Political Theory
American Political Thought
Democratic Theory and Practice
Sociological Theory
Total Credits82
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In addition to philosophy courses, a student may count up to two of the cognate courses toward completion of the philosophy major.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.