Studying philosophy helps students develop skills that are valued by employers in many different fields. It especially enhances one’s ability to think and write clearly. Students learn to analyze theories, clarify concepts, dissect arguments and solve problems in effective and creative ways. This contributes to the development of students’ communicative powers, making any philosophy majors especially good candidates for opportunities in law, business, government, education, counseling, publishing, technical writing, mass communication, and many other professions.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    In addition to Core and elective hours, the B.A. in philosophy requires 33 hours of upper-level (3/4000) coursework in philosophy. Our emphasis is on the history of Western philosophy; required courses include Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, which focuses on figures such as Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, and Modern Philosophy, which covers 17th and 18th century philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Hume and Kant. To complete their degree, students may choose from among other classes in the history of philosophy, as well as from classes dealing with a wide range of philosophical questions and issues.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Most classes are face to face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    The B.A. in Philosophy curriculum gives students a solid grounding in the discipline through a variety of courses in diverse areas of philosophy. This major can serve as preparation for those who are interested in advancing into graduate studies in philosophy or related fields. It also prepares students for careers in any field that requires strong critical thinking and oral or written communication skills, including business, education, government, law, and public service.

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    General

    • PHIL-2130 - Introduction to World Religions

      A comparative study of the beliefs and practices of several world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course not only explores the history of these faiths and their early doctrinal and communal development, but their place in today's world.

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    Major Required

    • PHIL-4300 - Senior Seminar

      The aim of this course is to examine current theoretical and practical issues about the discipline of philosophy; to reflect upon and analyze implications of students' course of study; to read and discuss the debates surrounding the topic of the seminar; to develop, research, and execute a rigorous philosophical argument relating to the topic of the seminar; and to develop the skills of leading class discussion and presenting an academic paper. Required for Philosophy majors. Students must have obtained Senior level status.

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    Major Selects

    • PHIL-4381 - Independent Study

      Guided investigation of a topic not addressed by regularly scheduled courses. Students must propose a detailed plan of readings, articulating precise learning objectives, and secure the written consent of both a supervising instructor and of the department chair. Not more than two (2) Independent Study courses may count toward the major in Philosophy without the chair's permission.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    philprog@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

  • Objectives

    Students who successfully complete this degree program will be able to:

    • Discuss the views of at least three major historical figures of philosophy.
    • Critically analyze and explain a philosophical issue in written communications.
    • Incorporate and defend a philosophical position in oral communications.