Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in Philosophy

Note that this is a sample four-year plan. There are many other course sequences that will allow a student to graduate within four years with a philosophy major, so long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence. This sample plan does not guarantee course availability, and adjustments to students’ plans may be necessary if they are unable to take specific courses during specific semesters. Students who are placed into lower level FYW, MAT or other prerequisite courses will need to adjust their four-year plans accordingly. Similarly, students who bring in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment or transfer credit for courses will need to adjust their four-year plans. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA both overall and in the major is required for graduation. In addition to major requirements, all components of the Baccalaureate Experience must be completed in order to successfully graduate.

The department encourages students who are majoring in Philosophy to consider pursuing a second major or a minor in another discipline.

The four-year plan below is just one of many pathways to complete the major. Although students are urged to take at least one 200 level PHL course before taking a 300 level PHL course, almost any PHL course offered at UT can provide a gateway into the study of philosophy.

Degree Requirements

First (Freshman) Year - Fall Semester

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

MAT 155Finite Mathematics for Liberal Arts

4

or

MAT 160College Algebra

4

FYW 101Writing and Inquiry

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 101Pathways to Honors 1

1

Total Credit Hours:13

First (Freshman) Year - Spring Semester

PHL 200 levelPhilosophy elective

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

AWR 201Writing and Research

4

GTW 102Gateways II

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

PHL 215Ancient Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle

4

or

PHL 203Contemporary Philosophy

4

PHL 200 or 300 level Philosophy elective

4

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

PHL 225Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant

4

or

PHL 203Contemporary Philosophy

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Humanities / Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:15

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

PHL 201Logic

4

PHL 300 levelPhilosophy elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

PHL 300 levelPhilosophy elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

PHL 300 levelPhilosophy elective

4

or

PHL 450Independent Study

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

PHL 450: permission of a full-time faculty member in Philosophy required to take PHL 450

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

PHL 300 levelPhilosophy elective

4

or

PHL 499Senior Thesis

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

PHL 499:  permission of a full-time faculty member in Philosophy is required in order to take PHL 499

Total Credit Hours: 125