Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy
Pursue Your "Love of Wisdom" with a BA in Philosophy
An undergraduate philosophy degree in PA prepares you for myriad careers options, from medicine and law to politics and communications. The coursework covers the great philosophical minds of the west, from ancient Greece to present day, and provides an excellent foundation for graduate work that requires critical thinking, analysis and communication skills.
Our full-time faculty will cover all the classical philosophers, from Aristotle to Kant, and focuses on major texts that have influenced the direction and content of philosophical thought.
The GMercyU Difference
When you choose GMercyU’s philosophy program, you’re choosing to develop your critical thinking and other skills that are much in demand in today’s global marketplace. As a philosophy student, you will:
- Analyze the primary philosophical texts from ancient civilization until modern-day and consider how those documents impact today's political, social, environmental, and economic climates
- Exercise, develop, and improve your debate skills so that you can form a personal position on a subject and defend it effectively
- Research and debate published literature while developing your own positions and opinions on topics raised during class and in reading material
- Enjoy maximum flexibility in choosing and scheduling courses, so you can tailor your education to meet your academic and career goals
Appreciating Philosophy at GMercyU
The root of the word philosophy (philos) means "love of wisdom". In the philosophy program at GMercyU, our faculty fosters a greater love of wisdom in all students, whether they major or minor in the subject. Courses in the philosophy program encourage you to question the ideologies and constructs that permeate modern society and to critically approach all aspects of philosophical methods.
As a philosophy major, you take courses in ethics, metaphysics, and logic for a well-rounded academic understanding of philosophy. You also will take a capstone course near the end of the program. During this course, you will be expected to write a scholarly research paper that illustrates your understanding and application of philosophical analysis.
As a philosophy minor, you might use this coursework to augment your studies in other areas, such as pre-law and medicine. Whether you choose philosophy as a major or a minor, your coursework will focus on the Western philosophical epochs and touch on the philosophies of Eastern thinkers.
Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.
In addition to general education requirements, philosophy majors must complete the following courses:
Major Requirements – 30 Credits
|PHL 201||Ancient Philosophy|
|PHL 202||Medieval Philosophy|
|PHL 305||Contemporary Philosophy|
|PHL 313||Modern Philosophy|
|PHL||Electives (4) (200-level or higher)*|
|*Choose from the following options: PHL 207, 211, 225, 234, 250, 299, 308, 310, 314, 325, 330, 420, 430, 457, 439|
You must complete a minimum of 125 credits with a grade of “C” or better in the major for a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
To review course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog (PDF).
Our Outstanding Faculty
Possible careers for philosophy majors
• Campaign Management
• City Management
• Clergy and Other Religious Leaders
• Direct Service
• Elected or Appointed Leadership
• Environmental Law-Related
• Foreign Service
• Fund Raising/Development
• Grant Writing
• Human Resources
• Law Enforcement
• Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
• Library Sciences
• Nonprofit or Public Interest
• Office Administration
• Policy Analysis
• Program Administration
• Public Policy
• Public Relations
• Regional Planning
• Staff Administration
• Special Interest Advocacy
• Student Affairs
• Training and Development
• Underwriting and Claims Management
* Some of these careers may involve acquiring additional education.
* This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.