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Academic Program Guide


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA
Limited Access: No

Contact: Dr. Tracie Mahaffey
Address: 151 Dodd Hall, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1500
Phone: (850) 644-1483

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The undergraduate program in philosophy is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the substantive issues philosophers have struggled with through the ages, and to develop their abilities to engage in critical examination and evaluation. The program serves as a basis for professional training in other fields, such as education, law, politics, religion or journalism; or as preparation for future professional training in philosophy. The department participates in the Honors Program as well as in the undergraduate and graduate programs in African American Studies, Asian Studies, Humanities, Political Science, International Affairs, and Religion. The student’s program is planned in consultation with the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, taking into account the student’s academic and career interests and goals.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: none
Although not required for admission into this program, students are encouraged to take several philosophy courses with PHH, PHI, PHM, or PHP prefixes during their freshman and sophomore years.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
To be admitted to the program students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.00, at least half the required General Education hours, including English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree. In order to graduate, students must earn a minimum grade of C minus in major coursework, with a minimum GPA of 2.00 within the major.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (30 hours)
Grades below C minus will not be accepted for major or minor credit. To graduate, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 within the major.

Required coursework includes:

1. Logic (3 hours) One of:
PHI 2100 (3) Reasoning and Critical Thinking
PHI 3130 (3) Introduction to Symbolic Logic or IDS 3358 (3) Making the Argument

2. History of Philosophy (6 hours)
PHH 3400 (3) Modern Philosophy
PHH 3130 (3) Plato and His Predecessors or PHH 3140 (3) Aristotle to Augustine

3. Ethics (3 hours)
PHI 3670 (3) Ethical Theory

4. Contemporary Metaphysics and Epistemology (3 hours) One of:
PHI 3220 (3) Introduction to Philosophy of Language
PHI 3300 (3) Knowledge and Belief
PHI 3320 (3) Philosophy of Mind
PHI 3330 (3) Freewill
PHI 3331 (3) Philosophy of Action
PHI 3400 (3) History and Philosophy of Science
PHI 4500 (3) Metaphysics
PHH 4600 (3) Contemporary Philosophy

5. Seminar for Majors (3 hours)
PHI 4938 (3) Seminar for Majors

6. Elective courses in Philosophy (12 hours)

Additional requirements:
1) At least 21 hours in the major must be at the 3000 level or above.
2) At least 15 hours must be completed in the Philosophy Department at Florida State University.

Minor Coursework: At least 12 hours in an approved minor. Specific requirements are determined by the minor area.

Digital Literacy: (3 hours)
CGS 2060 (3) or CGS 2100 (3) will fulfill the requirement for this major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 30
Minor Coursework 12
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total credit to 120

*NOTE: Three hours of major coursework may also be used to satisfy General Education (Humanities) requirements.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major(Baccalaureate level): Policy Analyst, Teacher, Curriculum Specialist(Secondary School), Writer, Researcher, Administrative Assistant, Editorial Assistant/Editor, Information Specialist, Management Trainee/Manager. With further study: Attorney, Data Analyst, Management Consultant, Programmer, Professor(Community College, 4-year College, University).

Representative Employers: Law Firms, Schools, Colleges, Universities, State and Federal Government Agencies, Publishing Companies, Newspapers and Magazines, Private Business and Industry, Charitable Organizations, Management Consultants.

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