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    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Philosophy B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

This degree prepares our majors to go on to graduate school, medical school, law school, or choose to enter the workforce in a wide variety of public, private, governmental, and non-profit agencies. Faculty in the department collaborate with an extensive group of disciplines, providing students across campus with a site for interdisciplinary learning and teaching. Given the intensity and rigor of study, including analytical reading and critical writing, our majors make themselves extremely attractive to potential employers

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program. Students are encouraged to take several Philosophy courses with the PHH, PHI, PHM, or PHP prefix.

Total Major Hours: 36


Major Core (15 Credit Hours)


Courses for the major are divided into four groups: history, logic, capstone, and electives. Within the history and elective groups, students have considerable latitude in selecting their courses; however, it is expected that they do so in consultation with their major advisor and Philosophy faculty with a view toward achieving a balanced program of study.

Students pursuing Philosophy as a second major are required to complete 30 hours in Philosophy coursework.

II. Logic (3 Credit Hours)


Choose one of the following courses:

III. Capstone Seminar (3 Credit Hours)


Major Electives (21 Credit Hours)


Choose seven courses (21 credit hours) from the following prefixes: PHH, PHI, PHM and PHP. (Fifteen credit hours for students taking Philosophy as a second major) No more than six elective hours taken at the 1000 and 2000 level may count toward the Philosophy major. Courses taken to fulfill the nine hours of History of Philosophy requirement (I.) will not count toward elective hours in the major.

GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0  

General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements):   2.0

USF GPA:  2.0

Overall GPA 2.0

Grading Requirements


 

C- or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

 

Residency Requirement


Department Major Academic Residency Requirement - No more than six hours of Philosophy electives and three hours of required Philosophy coursework taken at institutions other than USF may count toward the major.

College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Optional Honors Program


Honors Program

The Honors Program in Philosophy allows superior students to pursue philosophical studies at a more advanced level than is customary in undergraduate Philosophy programs. Students in the Honors Program will be required to do independent research and to write and defend an undergraduate thesis.

Admission Criteria


  1. Students must already have declared a major in Philosophy.
  2. Students must complete nine (9) hours in Philosophy at the 3000-level or higher (PHI 2101   may count toward the nine hours).
  3. Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better, and their grade point average in Philosophy coursework must be at least a 3.50 or better.
  4. Students who wish to be considered for the Honors Program must request to be nominated by a member of the faculty. Once nominated by a faculty member, a majority of the faculty who have taught the student must approve the student’s admission to the Honors Program.

Program Requirements


In addition to completing the requirements for the Major in Philosophy, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students cannot receive a grade lower than a “B” in any Philosophy course, and their GPA in Philosophy coursework must be at least 3.50 to remain in, or be graduated from, the Honors Program.
  2. Students must write a senior thesis and undergo an oral examination on the thesis before a committee of two Philosophy faculty members. Students will register for three hours in directed study in Philosophy (PHI 4905  or IDH equivalent), with supervision of Philosophy faculty, for work on their thesis. Students who are in the Honors College may use the same project to count for both Philosophy Honors and an Honors College thesis. In such cases, the student shall not register for directed study in PHI 4905 - Directed Study  as part of completing the thesis.
  3. Students must complete 36 credit hours in Philosophy.

Other Information


Students pursuing Philosophy as a second major are required to complete 30 hours in Philosophy coursework. To do so they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare their Philosophy major.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Tampa Campus Website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, PhilosophyAdvise@usf.edu.

4 Year Plan of Study - Philosophy B.A.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Professional Ethicist
  • Mediator
  • Business Executive
  • Policy Analyst
  • Regional Planner

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $45,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Foreign Language Level II Credit(s): 4
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Approved History of Philosophy Course Credit(s): 3
  • TGED - Human & Cultural Diversity  Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 9

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


  • Approved History of Philosophy Course Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • TGEE - Ethical Reasoning & Civic Engagement  Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


  • Approved History of Philosophy Course Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Independent Study Credit(s): 1
    or Directed Research Credit(s): 1

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Philosophy B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • Approved History of Philosophy Course Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • Approved History of Philosophy Course Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • PHI 4938 - Philosophy Capstone Seminar  Credit(s): 3 
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 15