Dec 03, 2023  
Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 Archived Catalog

4-Year Plan

Philosophy, B.A.

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When the Apostle Paul was in Athens, he spoke with Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. Christians today continue that conversation, for the sake of the Church and for the world, and some Christians have been remarkable philosophers in their own right (e.g., Augustine and Aquinas).

Philosophy resembles mathematics, in its rigor and clarity; history, in its sensitivity to people and ideas across cultures and ages; and literature, in its concern for articulate expression. Philosophy majors are well positioned to pursue any career that requires analytical reasoning, as well as graduate school in philosophy, theology, ministry, business, law, or medicine.

Student Learning Outcomes

The philosophy program at JBU teaches specific philosophical content in such a way that students know philosophy and that they read carefully, think critically, write well, and speak clearly. Consequently, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy has the following student learning outcomes for its classes:

  1. Know philosophy
  2. Read carefully
  3. Think critically
  4. Write well
  5. Speak clearly

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with major in Philosophy

University Core Curriculum - 42 hours

Program requirements satisfy 6 of the 48 hours in the Core Curriculum.


Electives in Philosophy/Religious Studies - 12 hours

Foreign Language - 12 hours

Select one of the following options:

Option B:

  • Six hours of LS-2000 level courses

Minor field or electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours - 120

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