Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Philosophy

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) in Philosophy degree program focuses on Western philosophy and a thorough understanding of the systematic foundation of philosophical views. Philosophy degree students learn logic, languages, and the exegesis of texts and arguments.

The program centers on the history of philosophy; the history and philosophy of science, mathematics, and logic; and the philosophy of religion. The faculty is especially well versed in ancient and early modern philosophy; the Scottish Enlightenment; German Idealism; phenomenology; Continental philosophy; analytic philosophy; American philosophy; and the philosophy of logic and mathematics.

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Philosophy will be able to demonstrate:

  • An in-depth understanding of the major philosophical thinkers and major philosophical movements over time.
  • Exposure to the major philosophical problems of human existence, and the ability to discuss them on an intellectually informed basis, and to review them critically.
  • A broad-based education in the liberal arts, including exposure to the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, that may be considered complete in itself or suitable as preparation for graduate study.

Note: Students pursuing the philosophy degree program may have to cross-register and take upper-level courses in the College of Arts & Sciences at day tuition rates.

Distribution Requirements

A total of 48 credits is required.


  • MET EN 104 English Composition
  • MET EN 201 Intermediate Composition


  • Four credits in a Metropolitan College math course numbered MET MA 110 or higher

Computer Science

  • MET CS 101 Computers and Their Applications

Natural Science

  • Eight credits in the natural sciences (N)


  • Four credits in a 100- or 200-level MET EN literature course or MET HU 221


  • Four credits

Additional Courses

  • Four credits in the humanities (H)
  • Four credits in the social sciences (S)
  • Four elective credits in the humanities (H), natural sciences (N), or social sciences (S)
  • Four elective credits in the natural sciences (N) or social sciences (S)

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Specialization and Related Courses

A total of 16 courses (64 credits) completed with a grade of C or higher is required.

Specialization Courses

Nine courses (36 credits), including the following:

  • MET PH 101 Basic Problems of Philosophy or
    MET PH 110 Great Philosophers
  • MET PH 160 Reasoning and Argumentation
  • MET PH 300 History of Ancient Philosophy
  • MET PH 310 History of Modern Philosophy
  • One philosophy course (4 credits) at the 400-level

The remaining four philosophy courses must be chosen with the advice and approval of the department coordinator. Students wishing to pursue a philosophy program must cross-register and take upper-level philosophy and/or related courses in the College of Arts & Sciences at day tuition rates.

Related Courses

Choose seven courses (28 credits) with the advice and approval of the department coordinator. At least three courses must be at the 300 level or above. Students are encouraged to plan programs that combine philosophy with other disciplines in the humanities or in the social and natural sciences.


Usually four courses (16 credits), but possibly more depending on transfer credits, chosen with the advice of an academic counselor.

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