- Social and Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind
- History of Philosophy
The Department offers a wide variety of courses specially developed for students in business, health sciences, education, and policy studies as well as for those who are pursuing careers in science or the humanities. Philosophy provides invaluable reasoning skills, insight into methodological presuppositions, and an appreciation of the intellectual currents that have shaped history. It also promotes student’s abilities to read challenging texts and to write effectively, skills in high demand for many careers.
The department also offers a series of courses in applied ethics, which provides students useful skills for their careers and their lives. Courses in this area include Introduction to Ethics, Sex and Love, Race and Racism, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Business Ethics, and our signature experience course in which students prepare to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
The Department of Philosophy offers a B.A. in Philosophy as well as a minor in Philosophy and a minor in Law and Ethics.
The study of philosophy is excellent preparation for law school and a career in law. The critical thinking skills, clarity in writing and argumentative rigor required in philosophy provide students with the tools they need to be successful in law school and as lawyers. Moreover, philosophy majors have among the highest average scores on the LSAT and the highest admission rates to law school of any major. The Department of Philosophy includes seven nationally recognized scholars in legal and political philosophy.
The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program helps students become familiar with and capable of contributing to ongoing debates about the nature of good political and economic institutions, as well as the policies and practices that are best suited for creating and sustaining them.
A study of the philosophy of the law can deepen our understanding of the proper foundations, limits, and applications of legal authority. Legal theorists often consider the meaning of legal doctrine but philosophers of law help to frame the ethical considerations that guide and constrain the law. The minor in law and ethics gives students the skills and knowledge needed for a critical assessment of law, especially in light of the principles of ethics and social values.
The minor also improves argumentative, writing, and logical skills invaluable for law school and many other careers in legal fields. The minor in law and ethics is designed to be a complement to any major. Students with majors in the humanities or social sciences planning a career in law, public service, advocacy, or policy are particularly encouraged to consider the minor in law and ethics.
A minor in philosophy is an excellent complement to any major and will improve students’ abilities to think critically and creatively and write clearly and persuasively. It is particularly appropriate for those contemplating a career in law, business, sciences, public service, politics, or education.
Students who wish to minor in philosophy take at least 15 hours in courses in philosophy. We encourage you to begin with Phil 2010 Introduction to Philosophy or Phil 2030 Introduction to Ethics and continue with Phil 3000 Philosophical Discussions. For more information, contact Eric Wilson at [email protected].
Undergraduate Courses FAQs
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Welcome! Please start with Phil 2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) or Phil 2030 (Introduction to Ethics). The second step is Phil 3000 (Philosophical Discussions). After Phil 3000, take either Phil 3010(Origins of Western Philosophy or Phil 3020 (Rise of Modern Philosophy). For further guidance and a detailed list of requirements, see here (link to handbook).
It is wise to develop a good relationship with your academic advisor. For students with 0-89 credit hours, please contact the University Advisement Center at 404-413-2300 or 404-413-2360, or in person at 25 Park Place (4th and 5th floor). For students with 90+ credit hours, please visit the Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-5000, or in person at 25 Park Place (suite 300).
New majors are also strongly encouraged to meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Eddy Nahmias ([email protected].)
Also check out our Philosophy Majors' Guide.
Undergraduate Advisement FAQs
The qualifications for distinction are the following: a grade of B (or higher) in Phil 2500, an overall G.P.A of 3.5 or higher, and a G.P.A. in the major of 3.5 or higher. Note: Phil 2500 is not required for the major. It is only required for graduating with distinction.
Philosophy offers a three-course credit for appropriate off-campus internships. Internships must be planned and arranged in advance. For details, see here: https://philosophy.gsu.edu/internships/
Please complete this form:
Then send the form with a brief email to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Eddy Nahmias ([email protected])
Students who wish to minor in philosophy must take at least 15 hours in courses in philosophy, including at least 9 semester hours at the 3000 level or above. The specific course requirements for this minor can be found here.
Students who wish to minor in philosophy must take at least 15 hours in courses in philosophy, including at least 9 semester hours at the 3000 level or above. For more information see the catalog here.
The philosophy major is excellent preparation for law school. Students who want to focus their studies on law should consider the Philosophy major with a pre-Law concentration. To discuss whether pre-Law is right for you, please contact the Pre-Law Advisor, Dr. S.M. Love ([email protected]).
For more information, please visit here.
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