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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy
320 Bowman Hall
The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy examines the ideas of some of the most brilliant minds in human history. Philosophy explores the larger questions in human life, such as: What can I know, and how can I be certain I know it?; What is the nature of reality?; and What kind of life should I live? By understanding the history and methodologies of philosophy, majors develop analytical and critical abilities as well as reading, writing, creative and problem-solving skills. Philosophy provides the relevant background and skills for successful careers in various fields, including law, business, religion, medicine, writing and editing.
Philosophy is not a specifically job-oriented major the way journalism or nursing might be. Still, students majoring in philosophy find themselves equipped with skills attractive to a range of potential employers. Students with a philosophy background are able to make fine distinctions, to follow and construct arguments, to express themselves well orally, in writing and to read demanding texts with depth and care.
General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.
Minimum 121 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Articulate and defend their own point of view.
2. Demonstrate their knowledge of selected philosophers in the history of philosophy from the classical period down to the present day.
3. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history of philosophy.
4. Practice philosophy’s logical skills in their writing.
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities
Philosophy students are encouraged to participate in the Kent State University study abroad programs. Further, philosophy students are encouraged to participate in WPNI – in Washington D.C., and the Columbus Program.
Philosophy Club (Dead Philosophers Society)
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