Department of Philosophy Programs

Students who study philosophy learn to think clearly and with autonomy; they become problem-solvers. Southern’s philosophy degree, taught by world-renowned faculty, is accentuated by specialized courses in applied philosophy — courses such as Computer Ethics, Bio-Medical Ethics, Business Ethics, Philosophy of Education, and Moral Problems in the Law — and prepares students for exciting careers in teaching and research, public administration, business, law, and journalism.

Bachelor of Arts degree, the major in philosophy includes courses in the history of philosophy, logic, recent or contemporary philosophy

The student's major may embody one of several possibilities; for example, a historical emphasis, an applied philosophy focus, a problems approach. Fulfilling whatever pattern a student selects will be under the guidance of a departmental adviser.

If prerequisites are lacking, permission to take a course may be requested of the department. Study of special topics related to the chosen pattern of courses or topics of interest not covered by course offerings may be accomplished by means of independent study (PHI 499).

Students may not count more than 6 credits toward the philosophy major from among the following courses: PHI 207, 208, 301, 302, 303, and 403. Students are strongly advised to complete a year of European history early in their program. For those contemplating graduate study in philosophy, a second foreign language is recommended.

The minor consists of 18 credits, selected with the advice of the department. Not more than 6 credits may be taken at the 100 level, and at least 6 credits must be taken at the 300 and/or 400 levels. PHI 296 and 306 are required. The philosophy seminar, which is optional for minors, may be taken only with the consent of the department. Students may count not more than three credits toward the minor from among the following courses: PHI 207, 208, 301, 302, 303, and 403.

We offer a Minor in Religious Studies for students who either:

  • wish to explore the influence on and interrelationships between religion and such cultural institutions and areas of human experience as art, history, literature, politics, ethics, and science; or
  • wish to be prepared to teach world religions or aspects of religion as part of humanities programs in schools; or
  • intend to do graduate work in religious studies programs.

The Science, Values and Society minor is best suited for students interested in ideas, concepts and concerns located at the intersection of science and values. By engaging in these topics, the Science, Values and Society minor will gain a broader understanding of the social and ethical implications of scientific practices, scientific methodologies, and technologies. The Science, Values and Society minor is especially helpful when paired with a scientific or interdisciplinary major so that the student receives a more well-rounded scientific education, one that allows the student to fully understand the role of science within a broader societal structure.