REQUIREMENTS

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Philosophy degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements

Major Requirements 33
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours 87
Total Hours 120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Of the 33 semester hours required for the major, students must complete at least 12 semester hours at the 400-level. Courses must be distributed across several broad areas as follows:

Required Courses
PHIL102 Introductory Logica 3
PHIL210 Symbolic Logic 3
PHIL300 Fundmentals of Philsophical Discourseb 3
History of Philosophy
Select three courses, each of which must come from a different group: 9
Group 1
PHIL220 Ancient Philosophy I: Plato and His Predecessors
PHIL221 Ancient Philosophy II: Aristotle and His Successors
PHIL428 Topics in Ancient Philosophy
Group 2
PHIL422 Medieval Philosophy
Group 3
PHIL223 History of Modern Philosophy I: Descartes and His Successors
PHIL423 Studies in Early Modern Philosophy
Group 4
PHIL224 History of Modern Philosophy II: Kant and His Predecessors
PHIL424 Kant
Group 5
PHIL225 Nineteenth Century Philosophy
PHIL425 Studies in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
Select two of the following: 6
PHIL201 Theory of Knowledge
PHIL202 Philosophy of Psychology
PHIL203 Metaphysics
PHIL204 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
PHIL206 Introduction to the Philosophy of Language
PHIL211 Inductive Logic and Decision Making
PHIL226 Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy
PHIL227 Continental Philosophy I: Phenomenology and Existentialism
PHIL240 Philosophy and Revelation: Jewish and Christian Perspectives
PHIL241 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL401 Theory of Knowledge
PHIL402 Topics in Philosophy of Mind
PHIL403 Metaphysics
PHIL404 Philosophy of Science
PHIL406 Philosophy of Language
PHIL426 Analysis and Logical Empiricism
PHIL427 Continental Philosophy II: European Thought Since 1960
PHIL441 Topics in Philosophy of Religion
Select one of the following: 3
PHIL230 Topics in Ethics and Political Philosophy
PHIL232 Sex Roles: Moral and Political Issues
PHIL234 Philosophy and Film
PHIL430 Ethics
PHIL431 Social/Political Philosophy
PHIL432 Topics in Ethics
PHIL433 Topics in Social/Political Philosophy
Two additional philosophy courses, at least one of which must be above the 100-level 6
Total Hours 33
a

PHIL102 also fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

b

PHIL300 also fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
Fall Semester Hours
ENGL160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 4-5
General Education Requirement course 3-5
Term Hours: 14-17
Spring Semester
ENGL161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
PHIL 1xx 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
Term Hours: 16-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
PHIL102 Introductory Logica 3
PHIL 2xx 3
Foreign Language 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Term Hours: 15
Spring Semester
PHIL210 Symbolic Logica 3
PHIL 2xx 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 5
Term Hours: 15
Third Year
Fall Semester
PHIL300 Fundmentals of Philsophical Discoursea 3
PHIL 2xx 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6-9
Term Hours: 15-18
Spring Semester
PHIL 4xx 3
PHIL 4xx 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
Term Hours: 15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
PHIL 4xx 3
Electives 12
Term Hours: 15
Spring Semester
PHIL 4xx 3
Electives 12
Term Hours: 15
Total Hours: 120
a

Courses are offered every semester:PHIL102(satisfies Quantitative Reasoning requirement with a grade of C or better),PHIL210,andPHIL300(satisfies the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement).

Note: Students must earn at least 40 advanced hours at a four-year college or university. These hours may include hours in the major.

Note: The General Education Requirement is nine courses, two laboratory courses from Analyzing the Natural World, one course from each of Understanding the Individual and Society, Understanding the Past, Understanding the Creative Arts , Exploring World Cultures, and Understanding U.S. Society. Two additional courses will be taken from any of these categories. Two Philosophy courses may be used to satisfy two of the nine courses in the new General Education Requirement. Consult the catalog for the list.