Philosophy - BA

The program in philosophy at Texas A&M is structured to provide students with the skills necessary to appreciate more fully the central concerns of humans existence and develop abilities in problem-solving, communication, persuasion, writing and critical thinking. In essence, the study of Philosophy is what college is all about: engaging with topics that matter; cultivating skills that will carry you the rest of your life. 

The Philosophy major requires one introductory level course, three courses in the history of philosophy, plus six elective PHIL courses. Philosophy majors must also use PHIL 240 to satisfy one of their core requirements in mathematics. Select the "Program Requirements" tab for a semester-by-semester recommendation for a course of study that satisfies all degree requirements. For an alternative display of the degree requirements, visit the Department of Philosophy website and select the "Undergraduate" tab. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Select one of the following: 3
Contemporary Moral Issues  
Technology and Human Values  
Philosophy of Education  
Introduction to Philosophy  
Introduction to Hip-Hop Philosophy  
Latin American Philosophy  
Foreign language 1 4
Government/Political science 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PHIL 240 Introduction to Logic 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Foreign language 1 4
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
American history 3
Foreign language 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
General elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
American history 3
Foreign language 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Philosophy elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Indian and Oriental Religions  
Classical Philosophy  
Medieval Philosophy  
Creative arts 3
Literature directed elective 3
Philosophy elective 3 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Nineteenth Century Philosophy  
American Philosophy  
Recent British and American Philosophy  
Phenomenology  
Existentialism  
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 2 3
Literature directed elective 3
Philosophy elective 3 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
PHIL 412
Seventeenth-Century Philosophy
or Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
3
Philosophy elective 3 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Philosophy elective 3 3
Philosophy elective 3 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

30 credits minimum. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be counted in the major field.