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Philosophy

Philosophy deals with basic questions, such as: What is knowledge? What makes something morally wrong? What is the mind? What is art? Some courses deal with the history of thought about such questions. Other courses deal with contemporary discussions of these questions. In addition, philosophy deals with a variety of questions that arise in the context of contemporary science and morality, such as: What is evolution? Can computers think? May doctors assist in suicide? Courses dealing with these sorts of questions are often interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on such subjects as biology, psychology and medicine.

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Quick Info

Program Code

15BA-PHIL

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus

Freshman Class Profile for this Major

GPA
3.044 - 3.660 (4 pt. scale)
ACT
21.0 - 26.0
SAT
980 - 1180

Department

Philosophy
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

206 McMicken Hall
PO Box 210374
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0374
Peter Langland-Hassan
Email: philosophy.dept@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-6344

Student Success Factors

The best reason to study philosophy is simply because it is interesting. However, in addition to satisfying a need to know, philosophy offers a number of additional benefits. Students who study philosophy learn to think deeply and carefully about complex issues. They learn to construct precise arguments in defense of their ideas. They learn to write well. Because most of our courses are small (especially at the 3000-level and above), students receive close personal attention to better help them develop these important skills.

Career Possibilities

  • Professor
  • Attorney
  • Medical doctor
  • Journalist
  • Entrepreneur

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

Philosophy majors at the University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) learn how to read texts closely and how to write clearly. They also develop keen analytical and critical thinking skills. Admission into the program is based on admission into the college and success in the first year of course work.

 

All courses credited toward a major in philosophy must be courses in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. Students must earn a C or better in all courses counted toward the major. 

 

Philosophy majors must complete a total of at least 36 semester credits in courses from the philosophy department (12 courses) and in so doing must meet the following requirements:

 

  • Two introductory courses (6 semester credits) from the following list: Philosophy 1000, 1001,1002, 1003 or 1004
  • Symbolic logic, Philosophy 2010 (3 credits)
  • At least 6 courses (18 credits) at the 3000-level or above, not including Philosophy 5099
  • During their final year, philosophy majors must take Philosophy 5099 (3 credits) as their capstone experience. Students enrolled in 5099 will attend and do the work for a regular graduate-level course. Students should consult with the undergraduate advisor before the start of their final year to select an appropriate course.
  • An additional 2 electives (6 credits) in philosophy

The Law and Ethics Track

Students may declare a philosophy major in the Law and Ethics Track. This may be of special interest to students intending to attend law school after graduation. Students in this track satisfy all of the normal requirements for the basic philosophy major and include among their 3000-level courses the following three courses: 3005 Philosophy of Law, 3020 Normative Ethics, 3021 Social and Political Philosophy.

 

The Biohumanities Track

Students may declare a philosophy major in the Biohumanities Track. This track takes advantage of the unique resources of the University of Cincinnati philosophy faculty. Students in this track satisfy all of the normal requirements for the basic philosophy major and include among their 3000-level courses the following three courses: 3028 Bioethics, 3020 Normative Ethics, 3041 Philosophy of Biology.

 

UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences' flexible degree requirements allow students to pursue multiple areas of study, and they are strongly encouraged to do so. Philosophy majors who plan ahead will have room in their schedules to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

 

  • History
  • Neuroscience
  • Political science
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • English
  • Psychology

Minor Details

All courses credited toward a minor in philosophy must be courses in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. Students must earn a C or better in all courses counted toward the minor. 

 

Students minoring in philosophy must complete a total of at least 21 semester credits in courses from the philosophy department (7 courses) and in so doing must meet the following requirements:

 

  • Two introductory courses (6 semester credits) from the following list: Philosophy 1000, 1001,1002, 1003 or 1004
  • A logic course, either Philosophy 1011 or Philosophy 2010 (3 credits)
  • At least 3 courses (9 credits) at the 3000-level or above
  • An additional 1 elective (3 credits) in philosophy

Curriculum

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Philosophy Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (freshmen only), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Courses (two different disciplines), SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 0
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, HU, FA, 0
    Major Core Requirements
    • PHILxxxx, Two courses from Introduction to Philosophy Group, 6
    • PHIL2010, Symbolic Logic , QR, 3
    • PHILxxxx, PHIL Electives, 6
    • PHIL3xxx, Courses at 3000 level or above (excluding PHIL 5099), 18
    • PHIL5099, Philosophy Capstone, 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 36 - 41
    Groupings:
    Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHIL1000, Introduction to Philosophy, SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL1001, Theory of Knowledge, HU, 3
    • PHIL1002, Mind and Will , HU, 3
    • PHIL1003, Introduction to Ethics , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL1004, Introduction to Philosophy: History of Philosophy , HU, 3
    Upper Division Philosophy Courses
    • PHIL3xxx, 3000 level course(s) or above, 18
    Philosophy Electives
    • PHILxxxx, Various, 6

15BA-PHIL-LAW & ETHICS

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Courses (two different disciplines), SS, 2
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Philosophy Major - Law & Ethics Track Requirements
    • PHIL1xxx, Two courses from Introduction to Philosophy group below, 6
    • PHIL2010, Symbolic Logic , QR, 3
    • PHIL3005, Philosophy of Law , 3
    • PHIL3020, Normative Ethics , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL3021, Social & Political Philosophy , SE, HU, 3
    • PHILxxxx, PHIL Electives, 6
    • PHIL3xxx, Additional PHIL courses at the 3000 level or above (excluding PHIL 5099), 9
    • PHIL5099, Philosophy Capstone, 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 40 - 45
    Groupings:
    Philosophy Electives
    • PHILxxxx, Various, 6
    Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHIL1000, Introduction to Philosophy, SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL1001, Theory of Knowledge, HU, 3
    • PHIL1002, Mind and Will , HU, 3
    • PHIL1003, Introduction to Ethics , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL1004, Introduction to Philosophy: History of Philosophy , HU, 3
    Upper Division Philosophy Courses
    • PHIL3xxx, 3000 level course(s) or above, 15

15BA-PHIL-BIOHUMANITIES

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Courses (two different disciplines), SE, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Philosophy Major - Biohumanities Track Requirements
    • PHIL1xxx, Two courses from Introduction to Philosophy group below, 6
    • PHIL2010, Symbolic Logic , QR, 3
    • PHIL3020, Normative Ethics , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL3028, Bioethics , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL3041, Philosophy of Biology , 3
    • PHILxxxx, PHIL Electives, 6
    • PHIL3xxx, Additional PHIL courses at the 3000 level or above (excluding PHIL 5099), 9
    • PHIL5099, Philosophy Capstone, 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 36 - 41
    Groupings:
    Philosophy Electives
    • PHILxxxx, Various, 6
    Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHIL1000, Introduction to Philosophy, SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL1001, Theory of Knowledge, HU, 3
    • PHIL1002, Mind and Will , HU, 3
    • PHIL1003, Introduction to Ethics , SE, HU, 3
    • PHIL1004, Introduction to Philosophy: History of Philosophy , HU, 3
    Upper Division Philosophy Courses
    • PHIL3xxx, 3000 level course(s) or above, 9

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions

This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

The department sponsors a vibrant speaker series and an annual colloquium featuring multiple speakers addressing a single theme. Undergraduate majors are expected to attend these events. One of the best ways to experience the thrill of philosophy is to observe professional philosophers debating the issues with one another. Undergraduate students will have opportunities to speak with and ask questions of visiting speakers.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.