BA Four-Year Degree Plan

The philosophy degree at Missouri State can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. For a Bachelor of Arts degree, you will need to complete 12 hours of a foreign language, History 103 and History 104, a philosophy course and six hours of fine arts in addition to your major courses. In addition to the courses listed below, the department offers sections of Philosophy 110 and Philosophy 115 each summer.

Sample schedule

This non-comprehensive degree program requires the completion of a minor. Adjustments can be made in consultation with your advisor if your chosen minor requires different hours. Access the projected course offerings.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
Foreign Language Course 3
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences with Lab 4

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Cultural Competence 3
Foreign Language Course 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHI 305 Elements of Symbolic Logic 3
Foreign Language Course 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
PHI 345 Theories of Ethics 3
Philosophical Perspectives and Area Studies 3
Foreign Language Course 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Course in the Arts 3
General Elective 2

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
PHI 306 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient 3
Applied Ethics Course 3
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences 3
BA Fine Arts Course 3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHI 310 History of Western Philosophy: Modern 3
PHI 336 Knowledge and Reality: Contemporary Approaches 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E. 3
Minor Course 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHI Elective 3
BA Fine Arts Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
PHI 350 Philosophy and Public Affairs 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3