Programs

BA in Philosophy

Ever wonder what the events of your life mean? Why governments are structured as they are? Why we haven’t succeeded in building real artificial intelligence? Or why women were historically oppressed? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Philosophy is an academic discipline that focuses on the systematic use of reason to understand and answer the fundamental questions about human life and the nature of reality. It asks questions like:

What Will I Learn?

At LAU, you can major or minor in philosophy. In the major you are required to complete 13 philosophy courses which will give you a philosophical foundation that you can then develop in graduate school or use in a non-academic career. The major also gives you eight free electives which you can use to further specialize in a particular area of philosophy, pursue a minor in a different subject, or acquire a teaching diploma to supplement your degree.

Your Career

Philosophy focuses on systematic critical skills and combines well with any field and helps you excel in it. Pursuing an academic career as a professor of philosophy through further studies is one option, but there are many other options. At LAU, you can take any of the following tracks without adding extra semesters:

What Does the World Say about Philosophy?

Below you can see some of the reasons for why philosophy is a valuable major in lots of fields. You can also see what LAU’s philosophy professor, Rami El Ali, has to say about philosophy for the future in this TEDxLAU talk.

Curriculum

The BA in Philosophy requires 92 credits:

The philosophy courses are distributed across 7 areas of course work:

Logic Requirement: 3 credits from the following courses

Number Course Cr
PHL210 Critical Thinking   3
PHL211 Symbolic Logic 3

Ethics Requirement: 3 credits from the following courses

Number Course Cr
PHL301 Ethics 3
PHL326 Social and Political Philosophy 3

History of Philosophy Requirement: 6 credits from the following courses

Number Course Cr
PHL201 Ancient Philosophy 3
PHL202 Medieval Philosophy 3
PHL203 Early Modern Philosophy 3
PHL304 19th Century Philosophy 3
PHL328 Arabic and Islamic Philosophy 3

Theoretical Philosophy Requirement: 9 credits from the following

Number Course Cr
PHL302 Theory of Knowledge 3
PHL303 Metaphysics 3
PHL306 Existentialism 3
PHL307 Philosophy of Language 3
PHL311 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHL321 Philosophy of Art 3
PHL322 Philosophy in Literature and Film 3
PHL323 Philosophy of History 3
PHL324 Philosophy of Science 3
PHL325 Philosophy of Mind 3
PHL401 Topics in Philosophy 3

Individual Philosopher Requirement: 3 credits

Number Course Cr
PHL350 Individual Philosopher 3

Philosophy Electives: 9 credits from the following

Number   Course Cr
PHL210 Critical Thinking 3
PHL211 Symbolic Logic 3
PHL301 Ethics 3
PHL302 Theory of Knowledge 3
PHL303 Metaphysics 3
PHL311 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHL201 Ancient Philosophy 3
PHL202 Medieval Philosophy 3
PHL203 Early Modern Philosophy 3
PHL304 19th Century Philosophy 3
PHL328 Arabic and Islamic Philosophy 3
PHL306 Phenomenology 3
PHL307 Philosophy of Language 3
PHL325 Philosophy of Mind 3
PHL324 Philosophy of Science 3
PHL321 Philosophy of Art 3
PHL326 Social and Political Philosophy 3
PHL322 Philosophy in Literature and Film 3
PHL323 Philosophy of History 3
PHL327 Philosophy and Mythology 3
PHL350 Individual Philosophers 3
PHL401 Topics in Philosophy 3

Study Requirement (3 credits)

Number Course Cr
PHL499 Senior Study 3