ADMISSION TO THE B.A. PROGRAM IN PHILOSOPHY:
- Students transferring in from other universities are admitted by the College of Liberal Arts, not by the Philosophy department. At a minimum, they must have a 3.0 GPA, have 24 transferable hours, and should designate Philosophy as their first choice of major.
- Students applying from high schools are admitted by the Admissions Office according to its own criteria. Please contact that office at (979) 845-3741.
- Students already at Texas A&M may switch majors to Philosophy if they have a 2.0 GPA, a 2.0 in any Philosophy courses they may have taken, and 95 hours or fewer. Please contact the Philosophy undergraduate advisors for an appointment.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY
The requirements for the philosophy minor are five courses in philosophy (15 hours), with at least three of the courses (9 hours) taken on the upper-division (300- or 400-) level. The remaining two courses can be taken either on the upper- division level or on the lower-division (100- or 200-) level. Your major advisor can sign you up for any minor.
WHO CAN HELP?
Anyone who either is or wants to be an undergraduate Philosophy major at Texas A&M should contact the department’s undergraduate advisors who can assist with curriculum planning, transfer credits, substitution credits, declaration of a minor, and other administrative needs.
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PLAN
Students who first enrolled at Texas A&M University in the Fall 2013 semester or later must have an approved undergraduate degree plan not later than the end of their second semester in attendance. Outlining course selections for your entire undergraduate career insures that you have allowed for all University, college, and departmental requirements for receiving your degree.
The online Undergraduate Degree Planner is located on the MyRecord tab in Howdy. You will find a detailed guide for using the Undergraduate Degree Planner in Howdy. In addition, the Philosophy department advising team has created a suggested approach to creating your undergraduate degree plan. You may also find the term-by-term degree planning sheet helpful when you plan your future semesters.
PHILOSOPHY COURSES REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A B.A. IN PHILOSOPHY
Logic (3 hours) – one course selected from:
- PHIL 240: Introduction to Logic
- PHIL 341: Symbolic Logic
- PHIL 342: Symbolic Logic II
Epistemology/Philosophy of Science (3 hours) – one course selected from:
- PHIL 305: Philosophy of Natural Science
- PHIL 307: Philosophy of Social Science
- PHIL 351: Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics and Ontology (3 hours) – one course selected from:
- PHIL 320: Philosophy of Mind
- PHIL 331: Philosophy of Religion
- PHIL 361: Metaphysics
Value Theory (3 hours) – one course selected from:
- PHIL 330: Philosophy of Art
- PHIL 332: Social and Political Philosophy
- PHIL 381: Ethical Theory
The Continental Tradition (3 hours) – one course selected from:
- PHIL 414: 19th Century Philosophy
- PHIL 417: Phenomenology
- PHIL 418: Existentialism
- PHIL 419: Current Continental Philosophy
The Anglo-American Tradition (3 hours) – one course selected from:
- PHIL 415: Classical American Philosophy
- PHIL 416: Recent British/American Philosophy
- PHIL 424: Philosophy of Language
History of Classical Philosophy (3 hours) – one course selected from:
- PHIL 410: Classical Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy (3 hours) – one course selected from:
- PHIL 412: 17th Century Philosophy
- PHIL 413: 18th Century Philosophy
Philosophy Electives (6 hours*) – any 2 PHIL courses
*Note: Students who use a logic course to fulfill part of the University Core Curriculum requirement in logical/mathematical reasoning must take one additional philosophy elective