The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

B.A. in Philosophy

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is an academic discipline that focuses on the systematic exercise of reason in understanding questions about human life, and the fundamental nature of our reality. Philosophy asks questions like the following:

          -What exists?

          -What can we know?

          -What does it mean to be human?

          -What is the mind?

          -What is the right thing to do?

          -What is the right form of government?

While these questions are abstract, philosophy provides a concrete means of dealing with them. Everything from the structure of current governments, to our current scientific practices, humanitarian laws, theories of art, and understanding of artificial intelligence has its roots in philosophy. You can both major and minor in philosophy.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Philosophy?

The short answer is almost anything, in Lebanon, and around the world. This is because philosophy focuses on systematic critical skills that combine well with any field, and help you excel in it. Pursuing an academic career as a professor of philosophy through further studies is one option, but there are many other options. At LAU, you can take any of the following tracks without adding extra semesters:

Become a teacher: The philosophy B.A. at LAU leaves you with enough credits to get a teaching diploma without extra semesters. You can also get a diploma in special teaching.

Become a Journalist, a Media specialist, or a Publisher: Add a minor in english or arabic, or digital communication and you become the ideal candidate for journalism, media, or a publishing house.

Work in social activism, politics, public policy, public relations, fundraising, and nonprofit work: Add one of the many minors offered by the department of social sciences to customize your exact area of expertise.

Work in Business and Technology: Add a business minor, actuarial studies minor, or computer science minor, depending on your area of interest.

Work in the arts or become an artist: Customize your art by adding one of the many minors in LAU’s School of Architecture and Design or by becoming a performance artist at LAU’s Department of Communication Arts.

Work in the Sciences: Add one of the four science minors and ensure a career in one of those sciences.

Will I Live A Good Life?

Absolutely, you’ll live an examined life, and that comes with many virtues. Here’s some things that the world has had to say about philosophy recently:

The New York Times

The Huffington Post

Business Insider

 

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Curriculum

The B.A. in Philosophy requires 92 credits (cr.) distributed as follows:

-Philosophy Courses: 36cr.

-LAC Courses: 34 cr.

-Free Electives: 22cr.

The philosophy courses are distributed across 7 areas of course work:

1.     Logic Requirement: 3 credits from the following courses

Number Course Cr
PHL210 Critical Thinking                                        3
PHL211 Symbolic Logic 3

2.     Ethics Requirement: 3 credits from the following courses

   Number                                                 Course                                                  Cr   
PHL301 Ethics                                                                                                  3   
PHL326 Social and Political Philosophy  3

3.     History of Philosophy Requirement: 6 credits from the following courses

Number Course Cr
PHL201 Ancient Philosophy                                                                  3          
PHL202 Medieval Philosophy                                                               3          
PHL203 Early Modern Philosophy 3
PHL304 19th Century Philosophy 3
PHL328 Arabic and Islamic Philosophy 3

4.     Theoretical Philosophy Requirement: 9 credits from the following

Number Course Cr
PHL302 Theory of Knowledge 3
PHL303 Metaphysics 3
PHL306 Phenomenology 3
PHL307 Philosophy of Language 3
PHL311 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHL321 Philosophy of Art 3
PHL322 Philosophy in Literature and Film 3
PHL323 Philosophy of History 3
PHL324 Philosophy of Science 3
PHL325 Philosophy of Mind 3
PHL401 Topics in Philosophy 3

5.     Individual Philosopher Requirement: 3 credits

Number Course Cr
PHL350 Individual Philosopher 3

6.     Philosophy Electives Requirement: 9 credits from the following

Number   Course Cr
PHL210            Critical Thinking                                                                          3            
PHL211 Symbolic Logic 3
PHL301 Ethics 3
PHL302 Theory of Knowledge                                    3
PHL303 Metaphysics                                           3
PHL311 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHL201 Ancient Philosophy 3
PHL202 Medieval Philosophy 3
PHL203 Early Modern Philosophy 3
PHL304 19th Century Philosophy 3
PHL328 Arabic and Islamic Philosophy 3
PHL306 Phenomenology 3
PHL307 Philosophy of Language 3
PHL325 Philosophy of Mind 3
PHL324 Philosophy of Science 3
PHL321 Philosophy of Art 3
PHL326 Social and Political Philosophy 3
PHL322 Philosophy in Literature and Film 3
PHL323 Philosophy of History 3
PHL327 Philosophy and Mythology 3
PHL350 Individual Philosophers 3
PHL401 Topics in Philosophy 3

      7.     Study Requirement (3 credits)

Number Course Cr
PHL499 Senior Study 3

 


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