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Philosophy (B.A.) 2020-2021 Catalog Year

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Communication and Philosophy
(239) 590-7196

The B.A. in Philosophy trains students to reflect critically on the most fundamental questions regarding the status of knowledge, truth, and morality.  It also provides students with valuable communication skills in critical thinking, argumentation, content analysis, and tools for clear writing.  Students receive training in the key figures and movements of Western thought.  It is also welcoming to feminist and non-Western perspectives with course offerings that reflect philosophical diversity.

Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (See
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites

    FGCU students are encouraged to take several courses with the prefixes of PHH, PHI, PHM, PHP, or REL as part of their lower division requirements or electives.

  3. Required Courses in the Major (15 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    IDS 3300 Foundations of Civic Engagement (3)
    PHH 3050 Ancient Philosophy (3)
    PHH 4051 Modern Philosophy (3)
    PHI 3130 Logic (3)
    PHI 4938 Capstone Seminar in Philosophy (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (21 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.  Courses used to fulfill the requirement in one group cannot be used to fulfill the requirement in another group.

    Select 3 credits from the following:
    PHI 2103 Critical Thinking (3)
    PHI 3670 Ethics in Theory and Practice (3)
    PHI 3720 Faith and Reason (3)

    Select 9 credits from the following:
    PHH 3500 Late Modern: Kant to Hegel (3)
    PHH 3931 ST History of Philosophy (3) (may be repeated once)
    PHI 2103 Critical Thinking (3)
    PHI 4905 Directed Independent Study (3)
    PHM 4123 Feminist Philosophy (3)
    PHP 3786 Existentialism (3)
    PHP 4930 Major Figures in Philosophy (3) (may be repeated once)

    Select 9 credits from the following: (Of these, a maximum of 3 credits may come from LIT 4213 or LIT 4934 or POT 3003)
    LIT 4213 Literary Theory (3)
    LIT 4934 Advanced Topics in Crit Theory (3)
    PHH 3801 Self in Eastern Philosophy (3)
    PHI 1630 Contemporary Moral Issues (3)
    PHI 3223 Philosophy Human Communication (3)
    PHI 3456 Phil of Health and Illness (3)
    PHI 3670 Ethics in Theory and Practice (3)
    PHI 3720 Faith and Reason (3)
    PHI 3930 Special Topics in Philosophy (3)
    PHI 3941 Philosophy Internship (1-3)
    PHI 4905 Directed Independent Study (3)
    PHM 3101 Philosophies of Liberation (3)
    PHM 3430 Topics in Philosophy of Law (3)
    POT 3003 Political Theorists (3)

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree

* Courses used to complete requirements in one group cannot be used to fulfill the requirement in another group.


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