Areas of Study

 

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The BA with a major in philosophy requires 24 semester hours in philosophy, which includes:

  • Six or more semester hours in historical studies
  • Three or more semester hours in logical studies
  • Six or more semester hours in topical studies
  • 12 or more of the 24 semester hours should be at the 40000-level.

The BA with a major in philosophy also requires a minor (or major) in another program at TCU and the completion of AddRan College of Liberal Arts’ foreign language requirement.

 

Bachelor of Science in Philosophy

The BS with a major in philosophy requires 30 semester hours in philosophy, which includes:

  • Six or more semester hours in historical studies
  • Three or more semester hours in logical studies
  • 12 or more semester hours in topical studies
  • 21 or more of the 30 semester hours should be at the 30000-level or higher. 12 or more of the 30 semester hours should be at the 40000-level.

The BS with a major in philosophy also requires a minor (or major) in economics, political science (with POSC 20093 — Scope and Methods of Political Science), or a program in the College of Science and Engineering. (There is room, in principle, for other minors to count, but permission must be given by the chair of the Department of Philosophy.)

The BS with a major in philosophy does not require the completion of AddRan College’s foreign language requirement.

 

Minor in Philosophy

The minor in philosophy requires 18 semester hours in philosophy, which includes:

  • Three or more semester hours in historical studies
  • Three or more semester hours in logical studies
  • Three or more semester hours in topical studies at the 40000-level
  • 12 or more of the 18 semester hours should be at the 30000-level or higher.

 

Philosophy has no formal tracks or concentrations, but you can develop a degree plan that caters to your interests. Note that none of these paths exempts a student from satisfying all course and hour requirements for the major/minor.

 

Philosophy of Law Track

PHIL 20103 — Critical Reasoning
PHIL 30353 — Political Philosophy
PHIL 30413 — Introduction to Philosophy of Law
PHIL 40333 — Philosophy of Law and Economics
PHIL 40343 — Advanced Issues in Philosophy of Law

 

Ethics Track

PHIL 20303 — Moral Problems and/or PHIL 20323 — Bioethics and/or PHIL 20333 — Environmental Philosophy, and/or PHIL 30343 — Sex, Society and Ethics
PHIL 30303 — Ethical Theory
PHIL 30443 — Free Will and Moral Responsibility
PHIL 40303 — Seminar in Value Theory

 

Epistemology Track

PHIL 20103 — Critical Reasoning
PHIL 30423 — Introduction to Epistemology
PHIL 40403 — Advanced Issues in Epistemology

 

Metaphysics Track

PHIL 20103 – Critical Reasoning
PHIL 30203 – Metaphysics
PHIL 40203 – Seminar in Metaphysics

See the course catalog for a complete list of course offerings and descriptions.

Course Catalog