Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
In addition to the general requirements that all College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates must fulfill, Philosophy majors must meet certain specific course requirements within the department.
Nine philosophy courses must be completed with a grade of at least C. All students must take:
1. One Logic course: 160 or higher level Logic course
2. PH 300 – History of Ancient Philosophy
3. PH 310 – History of Modern Philosophy
4. Practical Requirement: One Moral, Political, or Legal philosophy course at the 200-level or above: 234, 239, 244, 250, 251, 253, 254, 272, 350, 450, 452, 453, 455, 458, 459
5. Theoretical Requirement: One course in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Mind, or Language at the 200 level or above: 260, 265, 266, 270, 340, 440, 460, 463, 465, 470, 472
6. One elective at the 200 level or above
7. One course from PH403-PH430
8. One additional 400-level course
9. One PH course other than those taken to fulfill 1-8
The department offers seven major concentrations in the following fields:
- Philosophy and Classics
- Linguistics and Philosophy
- Philosophy and Math
- Philosophy and Physics
- Philosophy and Political Science
- Philosophy and Psychology
- Philosophy and Religion
College of General Studies students and students who have completed the humanities portion of the Core Curriculum receive concentration credit for CAS PH 150 or PH 155. Students who complete the social science portion of the CAS Core Curriculum receive concentration credit for CAS PH 253 or PH 254.
Students desiring specialized work in addition to the requirements of the regular concentration are invited to consider the following four areas: philosophy of law, politics, and society; philosophy and history of science; philosophy and the ancient world; and philosophy of the biomedical sciences. These specialized areas do not appear on the diploma. They do, however, serve as valuable guidelines for further work in addition to the concentration itself. Where alternatives are listed in the four specializations, it is often advisable to take both courses.
Philosophy of Law, Politics, and Society CAS PH 254, 255, 277 are suggested, as well as at least two courses in political science, sociology, or economics.
Philosophy and History of Science Students desiring to specialize further in this area are encouraged to take CAS PH 270; CAS PH 277 or 477; two courses in the history of science; and at least two courses in the natural sciences or the social sciences or both.
Philosophy in the Ancient World CAS PH 300, 403 or 404, 405 or 406, and CAS CL 101 and 264 are suggested.
Philosophy of the Biomedical Sciences Suggested are CAS PH 251 and 273; CAS PH 277, 270, or 472; directed study on philosophy of medicine, and at least two courses in biology approved by the Department of Biology.
Philosophy, Logic and Language Suggested are CAS PH 160, 261, 360, 421, 424, 463 and at least two courses approved by the Linguistics Program (suggested are LX 250 and either LX 502 or LX 522).
Advising for Majors and Minors
Whether pursuing the philosophy concentration (with or without a specialization), a minor, or one of the joint concentrations, students should consult with their faculty advisor. Advisors may be assigned or changed by staff in STH 516.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) promotes the participation of Boston University undergraduate students in faculty-mentored research projects across all disciplines throughout the calendar year. This is a very exciting opportunity for undergraduate students. The program can provide funding to support undergraduate research.
Students involved in UROP are also invited to attend enrichment activities. Any full-time Boston University undergraduate is eligible to participate in UROP.
For more information, please see their website.