Jun 28, 2022  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

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:


30 credit hours, as follows

15 hours of major electives chosen from:


  • PHIL 300-397

Note(s):


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained for all PHIL courses.

 

 

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:

36 credit hours

 

15 hours of PHIL Electives


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


  • First Year Seminar (CORE 100)
  • Second Language 1
  • Composition or Rhetoric (ENGL 100/115)
  • Philosophy 100
  • Creative Perspectives Elective
  • CORE 101

Second Semester


  • Theological Foundations (THEO 111)
  • Second Language 2
  • Literature and Moral Imagination (ENGL 205)
  • Scientific Perspectives Elective
  • Oral Communications Flag*
  • CORE 102

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • Philosophy 200
  • Mathematical Perspectives Elective
  • Historical
  • Natural Science Elective
  • Writing-Intensive Flag*

Second Semester


  • History of Philosophy
  • General Elective
  • Social Science Elective
  • Theological Perspectives Elective
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag*

Junior Year


First Semester


  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy Elective
  • Philosophy Elective
  • ERS Elective*
  • General Elective

Second Semester


  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy 340 Metaphysics
  • Philosophy Elective
  • Diversity Curriculum Requirement (DCR) Flag*
  • Humanities Elective

Senior Year


First Semester


  • Philosophy Elective
  • Humanities Elective
  • General Elective/Thesis Review**
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Second Semester


  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective/Thesis Review**
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Scheduling Notes:


  • *The five flags (E/RS, Oral Communication, Writing-Intensive, DCR, Quantitative Reasoning) can be double-counted with major requirements, where possible.
  • **Thesis Review is only for students choosing the Philosophy Honors Track.  It earns 2 credits first semester and 1 credit second semester.

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