The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

BA 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:

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 you do with a BA 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:

What does the world say about philosophy?

  1. Quartz 2017: Silicon Valley executives are hiring philosophers to teach them to question everythin
  2. The Huffington Post 2017: The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business
  3. The Washington Post 2017: For philosophy majors, the question after graduation is: What next?

Curriculum (new students enrolling in Fall 2018)

The BA in Philosophy requires 92 credits distributed as follows:

  • Core courses: 36 credits
  • Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) requirements: 30 credits (ENG 202 Advanced Academic English; COM 203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Arts and Humanities minimum 12 credits and maximum 15 credits, Sciences and Mathematics minimum 3 credits and maximum 6 credits and Social Sciences minimum 6 credits and maximum 9 credits.
  • Computer Skills: 1 credit (CSC201 Computer Applications)
  • Free elective courses: 25 credits

See suggested study plan.

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

Logic Requirement: 3 credits from the following courses

Number Course Cr
PHL210 Critical Thinking   3
PHL211 Symbolic Logic 3

Ethics Requirement: 3 credits from the following courses

Number Course Cr
PHL301 Ethics 3
PHL326 Social and Political Philosophy 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

Theoretical Philosophy Requirement: 9 credits from the following

Number Course Cr
PHL302 Theory of Knowledge 3
PHL303 Metaphysics 3
PHL306 Existentialism 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

Individual Philosopher Requirement: 3 credits

Number Course Cr
PHL350 Individual Philosopher 3

Philosophy Electives: 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

Study Requirement (3 credits)

Number Course Cr
PHL499 Senior Study 3

Curriculum (students enrolled before Fall 2018)

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

  • Philosophy Courses: 36 cr.
  • LAC Courses: 34 cr.
  • Free Electives: 22 cr.

See Suggested study plan-pre-2018.pdf

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 Existentialism 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: 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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