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.

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