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  Sep 20, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Philosophy, B.A.


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The major in Philosophy is the appropriate course of study for a person intending to pursue graduate study in philosophy, and is an excellent preparation for entry into professional schools, law school and for graduate study in the humanities or social sciences.

Requirements for the Philosophy Major


Core Curriculum Requirements:


See Undergraduate Core Curriculum  

Philosophy requirement:


  • Included within the major.

Major Requirements:


39 credit hours, as follows

12 hours beyond PHIL 100 (which is not part of the major):


15 hours of major electives chosen from:


  • PHIL 300-397

3 hours of electives, other than any classes fulfilling core curriculum requirements, from one of the following departments:


  • Classics and Modern Languages (other than language instruction)
  • English
  • History
  • Theology

Additional Requirements:


  • At least one course numbered 300-397 must be a seminar, which may be restricted to students majoring or minoring in Philosophy.

Note(s):


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained for all PHIL courses.
  • A minimum grade of C is required in PHIL 398.

 

 

Departmental Honors Track


Departmental honors enables students who are so inclined to prepare themselves better for graduate study in philosophy, or to pursue a more challenging undergraduate course of study in philosophy.

Candidates for departmental honors will have the following requirements, in addition to the standard requirements for the major:

Co-requirements: foreign language and mathematics


  • Foreign language: by the conclusion of senior year, candidates for departmental honors will have to pass a translation exam in Latin, Greek, French, or German. The exam will allow students two hours to translate one page of a text with the use of a dictionary.  The time of the exam and the passage translated will be determined by faculty from the department. This examination does not count for any credit hours.
  • Mathematics: candidates for departmental honors will be required to complete at least 6 hours of mathematics; the courses will be determined by their math placement exam upon matriculation to the University. The courses may also fulfill core curriculum requirements.

Honors Thesis:


  • To receive departmental honors, a student must receive a minimum grade of B+ on his or her senior thesis.

Written Comprehensive Exam:


  • Candidates for departmental honors will take a written comprehensive exam consisting of four questions. One question will come from each course in the student’s nine-hour history of philosophy sequence, and one will come from a course of the student’s own choosing.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B. A. Philosophy


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Intro to Ethics
  • ENGLISH 101/115 Composition/Rhetoric
  • Foreign Language I
  • Creative Perspectives
  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar
  • CORE 101

Second Semester


  • Scientific Perspectives 
  • Literature & Moral Imagination
  • Foreign Language II
  • THEOLOGY 11 Theological Foundations
  • Oral Communications Elective
  • CORE 102

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • PHILOSOPHY 200 Philosophical Perspectives
  • Mathematical Perspectives
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Natural Science Elective
  • General Elective

Second Semester


  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy Elective
  • Social Science Elective
  • Theological Perspectives
  • Quantitative Reasoning Elective

Junior Year


First Semester


  • History of Philosophy
  • PHILOSOPHY 311 Symbolic Logic
  • Philosophy Elective
  • E/RS Elective
  • General Elective

Second Semester


  • History of Philosophy
  • PHILOSOPHY 340 Metaphysics
  • Philosophy Elective
  • Diversity Curriculum Requirement
  • Humanities Elective

Senior Year


First Semester


  • Philosophy Elective
  • PHILOSOPHY 398 Thesis Review
  • Philosophy Seminar
  • Humanities Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Second Semester


  • PHILOSOPHY 399 Thesis Review
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Scheduling Notes:


  • Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements of the Catalog.
  • The E/RS Focus Elective requirement may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.

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