Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Arts and Letters Department of Philosophy Undergraduate Programs Philosophy
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Philosophy major is met by completing Philosophy 492, or, with prior approval, Philosophy 499. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (5) below.
The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The following requirements for the major:
The following Philosophy courses (36 to 40 credits):
Both of the following courses (6 credits):
Ancient Greek Philosophy
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Logic and Reasoning
Logic and its Metatheory
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Topics in 20th-Century Analytical Philosophy
Topics in 20th-Century Continental Philosophy
The following capstone course (3 credits):
Capstone for Majors (W)
With the prior written approval of the Department, Philosophy 499 may be substituted for Philosophy 492.
A minimum of three 400-level courses, excluding Philosophy 492 or 499. Courses used to satisfy requirement 3. a. (4) may also be used to satisfy requirement 3. a. (6).
Philosophy electives: Additional credits in Philosophy courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major.
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Philosophy - Ancient/Modern
Major - Philosophy - Ancient/Modern: 2 courses from PHL210, PHL211
Requirement 12: Major - Philosophy - Logic and Reasoning
Major - Philosophy - Logic and Reasoning: 1 course from PHL130, PHL330, PHL432
Requirement 13: Major - Philosophy - Ethics
Major - Philosophy - Ethics: 1 course from PHL340, PHL350
Requirement 14: Major - Philosophy - Topics
Major - Philosophy - Topics: 1 course from PHL418, PHL420, PHL460, PHL461
Requirement 15: Major - Philosophy - Capstone
Major - Philosophy - Capstone: 1 course from PHL492
Requirement 16: Major - Philosophy - 400 Level Courses
Major - Philosophy - 400 Level Courses: 2 courses from A minimum of three 400-level courses, excluding PHL492 or PHL499.
Requirement 17: Major - Philosophy - Electives
Major - Philosophy - Electives: 11 credits from Philosophy Electives
Requirement 18: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 36 credits from Philosophy electives. Additional crs in PHL courses as needed to meet the requirements of at least 36 but not more than 40 crs in courses in the major.
Requirement 19: College - Arts and Letters - Open Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Open Cognate: 12 credits from Courses in an open cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.
Requirement 20: College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate: 12 credits from Courses in a cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.
Requirement 21: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 22: College - Arts and Letters - Second Language
College - Arts and Letters - Second Language: 1 course from a second year foreign language course demonstrating competency in a foreign language.
Requirement 23: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 24: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.