Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communication: Students will express philosophical ideas in either oral or written format.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Students will express philosophical ideas clearly and logically in written format.
  • Ethical Analysis: Identify major ethical paradigms and analyze ethical issues with regard to them.
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking: Break down complex ideas into their elements; perform reasoning tasks efficiently and correctly; clearly identify problems and solutions

Related Links

Philosophy, Major Program Page

Philosophy Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements33

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits:9-10
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 17 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 17 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Requirements
PHIL 113Formal Logic 13
or PHIL 313 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 123Ethics 13
PHIL 331Social and Political Philosophy 13
or PHIL 335 Philosophy of Law and Justice
PHIL 341Philosophy of Religion 13
or PHIL 343 Asian Philosophy
PHIL 371Ancient Western Philosophy 13
PHIL 372Modern Western Philosophy 13
PHIL 375Existentialism and Phenomenology 13
or PHIL 362 Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy Electives
Select four of the following courses, at least three credits at 300 level or above:12
Philosophical Inquiry 1
World Religions 1
Philosophy in Literature 1
American Philosophy 1
Philosophy of Human Existence 1
Philosophy of Art 1
Environmental Ethics 1
Medical/Health Care Ethics 1
Business Ethics 1
Social and Political Philosophy 1
Philosophy of Law and Justice 1
Philosophy of Gender and Sex 1
Ethics, Technology, and the Future 1
Philosophy of Religion 1
Asian Philosophy 1
Philosophy of Natural Science 1
Philosophy of Mind 1
Modern Authors and Issues 1
Existentialism and Phenomenology 1
Independent Study 1
Selected Topics (repeatable to six credits) 1
Total Hours33

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 07.10.2020
UCC 03.24.2020