The B.A. in philosophy with a concentration in professional preparation for law helps students develop the skills of critical thinking and logical rigor while deepening their understanding of the concepts of law and justice. It is appropriate for students who are interested in philosophical aspects of the law and for those considering careers in the legal field.

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.

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  • Overview

    In addition to Core and elective hours, the B.A. in philosophy with a concentration in pre-law requires 33 hours of upper-level (3/4000) coursework in philosophy. Students take courses that relate philosophy to the law and the legal profession, including Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy and Professional Ethics. To complete their degree, students may choose from among a variety of other classes covering the history of philosophy and 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 courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • 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 for more information.

  • Courses

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    • PHIL-2010 - Introduction to Philosophy

      A historically framed introduction to philosophy,high-lighting major developments that have defined Western philosophical inquiry. Required for the major in Philosophy.

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    • PHIL-2020 - Critical Thinking

      An investigation of logical fallacies and patterns of valid reasoning in primarily oral by also written discourse. Required for the major in Philosophy.

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    • PHIL-2030 - Introduction to Ethics

      An introduction to the central concepts in ethics and an exploration of such contemporary ethical issues as abortion, genetic engineering, euthanasia, and capital punishment. Required for the major in Philosophy.

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    Major Required

    • PHIL-3100 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

      An exploration of such philosophers as the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Augustine, Aquinas, and Occam. Required for Philosophy majors.

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    • PHIL-3110 - Modern Philosophy

      An examination of such seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European philosophers as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant, with special attention to their metaphysical and epistemological theories. Required for Philosophy majors.

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    • PHIL-4110 - Philosophy of Law

      An exploration of the major philosophical concepts that underlie our idea of law as well as application of these ideas to issues in moral, legal, criminological, and social philosophy. Required for Pre-law Track majors.

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    • PHIL-4115 - Political Philosophy

      An examination of significant themes in political philosophy, highlighting the way in which major concepts of political thought evolved from ancient Greece to contemporary western society. By critically examining the works of classical and modern political theorists (such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Rawls and Nozick), we will explore such topics as the nature of the distributive justice. Required for Pre-law Track majors.

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    • PHIL-4120 - Professional Ethics

      This course examines ethical questions that can arise in the professions and occupations, such as: Is my privacy violated when my job requires that I be tested for drugs? What should I do if I know that my employer is making an unsafe product? Should physicians ever lie to their patients? Do corporations have any responsibilities beyond making a profit for their shareholders? The course also examines more theoretical issues concerning professionalism and the professions, such as the nature of the relationship between professionals and clients and the connection between ordinary and professional morality. Required for Pre-law Track majors.

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    • 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-3120 - American Philosophy

      This course considers metaphysical and epistemological questions by examining how they were treated by the thinkers who founded pragmatism, America¿s distinctive philosophical tradition. Philosophers covered may include classical American pragmatists, such as Peirce, James, Dewey, and Mead, as well as the contemporary American pragmatists, such as Rorty.

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    • PHIL-3140 - Existentialism

      An examination of the historical development and representative themes of existentialism, beginning with Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and continuing through Sartre.

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    • PHIL-3160 - Philosophy in Literature and Film

      An examination of significant philosophical and literary texts in terms of their thematic and/or conceptual interconnections.

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    • PHIL-3205 - Theories of Religion

      Through an exploration of both scriptural and non-scriptural religious literature, this course considers may of the important themes of religion such as the nature and activity of God, the function of religious community, and the challenges of religious belief.

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    • PHIL-3220 - Christian Thought

      This course examines the development of Christian thought from the New Testament to present day (e.g. feminist and liberation theologies). A sample of thinkers to be considered includes Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher, Barth, and Bultmann. Required for religion-track majors.

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    • PHIL-3301 - History and Philosophy of Science

      A study of the historical development of science and a philosophical examination of scientific reasoning. Same as HIST 3301.

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    • PHIL-4130 - Feminist Philosophy

      The aim of this course is to examine critically the central arguments of various feminist theories; to explore what it means to have a feminist approach to philosophical problems of epistemology, identity, morality, freedom, and human nature; to identify the presuppositions of theories; and to recognize the problematic principles of essentialism and exclusion from a more informed standpoint.

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    • PHIL-4150 - Analytic Philosophy

      An introduction to analytic philosophy, the predominant tradition of philosophy in America and England during the 19th and 20th centuries. Areas of philosophy to be covered may include the philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. Philosophers covered may include Frege, Moore, Wittgenstein, Russell, Ayer, Ryle, Austin, Quine, and Putnam.

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    • PHIL-4160 - Symbolic Logic

      An intensive introduction to the elements of deductive logic essential to scientific reasoning, computer programming, mathematics, and everyday problem-solving.

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    • PHIL-4220 - Hermeneutics

      Hermeneutics is the philosophical discipline investigating the process of textual interpretation. How do we know how to interpret what we read? Is the meaning of a text what the author intended? How would we know what an author intended? Should we understand a text within a historical context? This course addresses the development of the hermeneutic tradition through the primary tests of such influential philosophers as Friedrich Schleiemacher, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Paul Ricoeur.

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    • PHIL-4230 - Philosophy of Religion

      An examination of philosophical arguments about such religious questions as the existence of God, the problem of evil, the relationship between faith and reason, and the concept of human destiny. Required for Religion Track majors.

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    • PHIL-4240 - Philosophy of Friendship and Love

      The aim of this course is to examine critically the historical theories of friendship and love through examining important primary philosophical texts; to explore what it means to love and how such notions of love and friendship changed throughout the centuries; to grasp the value and meaning of friendship and love as social and personal elements; and to recognize the historical nature of definitions and questions of friendship and love.

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    • 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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    • PHIL-4385 - Special Topics

      An examination of a topic in philosophy that transcends the boundaries of the fixed curriculum. Requires permission of the department chair to repeat.

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    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)
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    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
    • Incorporate a philosophical position in oral and written communications.
    • Critically outline and analyze a philosophical question.
    • Student exhibits critical thinking skills.
    • Discuss the general historical development of the discipline of philosophy, including the views of at least thiree major historical figures of philosophy.