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Philosophy, B.A.

About the Program

The B.A. degree in Philosophy provides students with skills that facilitate success in their professional, private, and communal lives by equipping them to act wisely in a wide variety of environments and circumstances. These skills include being more thoughtful and reflective, thinking more critically, analyzing and appraising their own and other people's beliefs and values, communicating more effectively, reasoning and arguing more authoritatively, being open to similarities, differences, and alternative perspectives, and creatively solving a wide variety of problems. These are skills for success, which is why, ten years after college, on average, philosophy majors earn higher salaries than those who graduate with other liberal arts degrees. Moreover, as majoring in philosophy provides skills that are valuable in all kinds of settings, philosophy majors are uniquely well prepared for all of life's challenges, including the 21st Century reality that most people have to follow multiple career paths to succeed.

As a foundational discipline, studying philosophy also helps with the study of other disciplines, which means that, at only 30 credit hours, philosophy is an excellent choice for a second major.

A departmental Honors program is also available. Students should contact the department chair for additional information.

About the Philosophy Department

B221 Buckham Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5136
Fax: (716) 878-4697
http://philosophy.buffalostate.edu/

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39

Philosophy Major Requirements (30 credit hours)
Required Courses (12 credit hours)
PHI 317 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY 3
PHI 318 MODERN PHILOSOPHY 3
PHI 401 PROBLEMS IN PHILOSOPHY SEMINAR 3
or PHI 402 SEMINAR IN HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
Select one from the following: 3
PHI 107 INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICAL LOGIC
PHI 103 INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
PHI 307 SYMBOLIC LOGIC

Electives (18 credit hours)
Select six from the following: 18
PHI 101 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
PHI 102 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
PHI 110 THE MEANING OF LIFE
PHI 111 ETHICS FOR SCIENTISTS
PHI 204 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
PHI 207 PHILOSOPHY IN LITERATURE
PHI 210 EXISTENTIALISM
PHI 221 PHILOSOPHY AND YOGA
PHI 300 PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY
PHI 301 HISTORY OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
PHI 302 PHILOSOPHY OF ART AND BEAUTY
PHI 304 PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
PHI 305 PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
PHI 308 PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE AND SEX
PHI 309 KNOWLEDGE AND JUSTIFICATION
PHI 310 HISTORY OF ETHICS
PHI 312 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
PHI 314 CONTEMPORARY ETHICS
PHI 324 ZEN BUDDHISM
PHI 333 PHILOSOPHY OF NATURAL SCIENCES
PHI 334 PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
PHI 347 WESTERN THOUGHT: HOMER TO ALEXANDER
PHI 351 ETHICS BOWL
PHI 495 SPECIAL PROJECT (1-3)
PHI 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3-12)

All College Electives
51-57 credit hours 51-57
Total Credit Hours 120

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