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Philosophy - B.A. Program Requirements PDFDownload to print

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (42 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
PHIL 11001 Introduction to Philosophy 3
KAD   11009 Principles of Thinking 3
  21001 Introduction to Ethics 3
  21020 Comparative Religious Thought I 3


Introduction to Formal Logic (3)
Formal Logic (3)
    3/4xxxx PHIL Elective (minimum 9 credit hours must be at the 40000 level) 15
  Choose from the following: History of  Philosophy elective** 12
WIC PHIL 31001 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31002 Medieval Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31003 Continental Rationalism (3)  
WIC   31004 British Empiricism (3)  
WIC   31005 German Critical Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31006 19th-Century Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31010 20th-Century Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31020 American Philosophy (3)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language*** 14-20
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 0-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences)**** 3
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)***** 3
  General Electives (minimum 19 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** One course must be earned with a minimum C (2.000) grade to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

*** Fulfills College General Requirement. ****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.

*****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:


a. Intermediate I and II of the same language
b. Elementary I and II of a second language
c. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    -Intermediate I of the same language
    -MCLS 10001 Introduction to Structural Concepts for Language Students
    -MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness
    -MCLS 20091 Seminar: Global Literacy Case Studies

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.

To fulfill the domestic diversity requirement, students must take one diversity course that is a not a PHIL course.