Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
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.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

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


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

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
Select one of the following:3
Formal Logic 1
Symbolic Logic 1
PHIL 123Ethics 13
Select one of the following:3
Social and Political Philosophy 1
Philosophy of Law and Justice 1
Select one of the following:3
Philosophy of Religion 1
Asian Philosophy 1
PHIL 371Ancient Western Philosophy 13
PHIL 372Modern Western Philosophy 13
Select one of the following:3
Existentialism and Phenomenology 1
Philosophy of Mind 1
Philosophy Electives
Select four of the following courses, at least three credits at 300 level or above:12
Introduction to Philosophy 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

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Presenting papers at conferences
  5. Involvement in Ethics Bowl

This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 08.25.2020
UCC 03.24.2020

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

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
PHIL 123 Ethics 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Second Year
PHIL 113 Formal Logic 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
MODL 101Modern Language Requirement 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Free Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
PHIL 140 World Religions 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
MODL 102Modern Language Requirement 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Third Year
PHIL 362 Philosophy of Mind 3
PHIL 341 Philosophy of Religion 3
MODL 103Modern Language Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective 3
PHIL 371 Ancient Western Philosophy 3
PHIL 331 Social and Political Philosophy 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
PHIL 372 Modern Western Philosophy 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Philosophy Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
PHIL 375 Existentialism and Phenomenology 3
PHIL 490 Independent Study 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours**121

Major Code: 5 64
Revised: 05.09.2022

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.