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DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
 
Chair: John Coker (251) 460-6248
Associate Professors: Buckley, Coker, Meeker
Assistant Professors: Loomis, Poston, Youngblood
 
Department of Philosophy web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/philosophy
 
UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
Through reasoned reflection, philosophy seeks to understand human experience in all its various aspects. Courses examine the moral, social, political, aesthetic, and religious dimensions of human existence, topics in special fields such as science, and the historical development of philosophy. In these courses students can develop skills in the presentation, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of differing viewpoints, and refine their own beliefs about deeply important issues.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILOSOPHY MAJORS
General Education Requirements for Philosophy are specified on the College of Arts and Sciences section.
 
All first-time freshmen with less than 15 semester hours are required to successfully complete CAS 100: New Student Seminar.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PHILOSOPHY
All majors in Philosophy, whether concentrating in Philosophy or in Religion, must complete 30 semester credit hours of course work, of which 15 hours (i.e., 50% of course work in their major) must be in the common core. In addition, all majors in Philosophy, whether concentrating in Philosophy, Religion and Classics, must complete 15 semester hours of course work in the major at 300 and/or 400 level. Students pursuing a degree in Philosophy also must have a minor in another discipline. The Common Core:
  • PHL 321 (Symbolic Logic)
  • PHL 240 (Western Philosophy: Classical and Medieval) and PHL 245 (Western Philosophy: Renaissance/Enlightenment)
  • One of PHL/REL/CLA/EH 310 (Classical Mythology), or PHL/REL 352 (World Religions), or PHL/REL 354 (Philosophies of India)
  • PHL 461 (Metaphysics)
The following further courses are required for the Religion Concentration:
  • PHL/REL 351 (Philosophy of Religion) or PHL/REL 355 (Chinese Philosophy)
  • 2 Additional Religion (REL) courses at 300 or 400 level
  • 1 more (REL) courses
The following further courses are required for the Philosophy Concentration:
  • PHL 431 (Advanced Ethical Theory) or PHL 441 (Epistemology)
  • 2 Additional Philosophy (PHL) courses at 300 or 400 level
  • 2 more (PHL) courses
The following further courses are required for the Classics Concentration:
  • CLA/HY 454: Ancient Greet Culture or CLA/HY 455: Ancient Roman Culture
  • 2 Additional Classics (CLA) courses at 300 or 400 level
  • 1 more (CLA) course
  • Fulfill Foreign Language Requirement by taking 1 year of Latin or 1 year of Ancient Greek
No more than six hours at the 100-level may be counted toward the hours required for the major; however, additional hours taken at this level can be counted toward the total number of hours required for graduation. Fifteen hours must be taken at the 300/400-level. PHL 240 and 245 do not have to be taken in sequence and should be taken early in the major. Credit for PHL 499, Honors Thesis, is only given as an addition to the hours required for the major.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY
A minimum of 18 semester hours in Philosophy, to include a logic course (PHL 121 or 321). At least two courses must be taken in residence. No more than two 100-level courses may be counted toward the minor.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN CLASSICS
A minimum of 18 hours must be taken in Classics (CLA) courses. At least two courses must be taken in residence. No more than two 100-level courses may be counted toward the Classics minor. Students minoring in Classics must fulfill the Foreign Language requirement by taking either 2 semesters of Latin or 2 semester of Ancient Greek.
 
GRADUATE STUDIES
Although the Department of Philosophy has no graduate program, graduate-level courses are offered for those students who need such work.
 
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL PHILOSOPHY (PHL) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL RELIGION (REL) COURSES
 
College of Arts and Sciences
 

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