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DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
 
Chair: John Coker (251) 460-6248
Associate Professors: Coker, Loomis, Meeker
Assistant Professors: Hillman, 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 must successfully complete CAS 100: New Student Seminar as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN PHILOSOPHY
All majors in Philosophy, whether concentrating in Philosophy or in Religion, must complete 36 semester credit hours of course work, of which 18 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 of the 36 semester hours of course work in the major at 300 and/or 400 level. No more than nine hours at th 100 level may be counted toward the hours required for the major. The Common Core:
  • PHL 120 Critical Thinking
  • PHL 321 (Symbolic Logic)
  • PHL/CLA 240 (Western Philosophy: Classical and Medieval)
  • PHL 245 (Western Philosophy: Renaissance/Enlightenment)
  • PHL/REL/CLA 310: (Classical Mythology)
    [PHL and REL Majors should speak to their advisors about possible substitutions.]
  • PHL 461 (Metaphysics)

Religion Concentration:
The Religion Concentration requires the following furthercourses.
PHL/REL 352 (World Religions) and/or PHL/REL 355 (Chinese Philosophy)
PHL/REL 351 (Philosophy of Religion) and/or PHL/REL 354 (Philosophies of India)
0, 1, or 2 Additional Religion (REL) courses at 300 or 400 level (depending on whether all four, three, or only two of the preceding courses are taken)
2 REL courses at any level

Philosophy Concentration:

The Philosophy Concentration requires the following furthe rcourses.
PHL 431 (Advanced Ethical Theory) and/or PHL 441 (Epistemology)
1 or 2 additional Philosophy (PHL) courses at 300 or 400 level (depending on whether both or only one of the preceding courses are taken)
1 more (PHL) course at any level
2 CLA, PHL, or REL courses at 300 or 400 level


 

Classics Concentration:
The Classics Concentration requires the following furthercourses.
CLA 304 (Ancient Greek Art and Architecture) and CLA 306 (Roman Art)
CLA 311 (Political Philosophy I: Classical and Medieval) or CLA 454 (Ancient Greek Culture) or CLA 455 (Ancient Roman Culture)
2 Additional Classics (CLA) courses at any level
1 CLA, PHL, or REL course at the 300 or 400 level
Fulfill Foreign Language Requirement by taking 1 year of Latin or 1 year of Ancient Greek


No more than nine 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.
A minimum of 18 semester hours in Philosophy, to include a logic course (PHL 121 or 321). At least nine hours 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.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN RELIGION
A minimum of 18 semester hours in Religion. No more than 6 hours at the 100 or 200 level may be counted toward the minor. At least one course must be taken from each of the following Groups: Group A, Humanities, Group B, History, and Group C, Social Science. No more than 9 hours of courses may be counted toward the minor from each of Group A, Group B, and Group C. 9 hours of coursework must be taken as REL courses. 9 hours of coursework must be taken at the 300 and/or 400 level at the University of South Alabama.
(Note: Courses listed below with a slash, /, are cross-listed between two or more different disciplines: you can register and receive credit for one, but only one, discipline (e.g., in the case of REL/SY 420, you can register and receive credit for either, but not both, REL 420 or SY 420).
Group A, Humanities: REL/PHL/CLA/EH 310; REL/PHL 351; REL/PHL 354; REL/PHL 355
Group B, History: HY 331; HY 332; HY/REL 343; HY/REL 347; HY 351; HY 352; HY/REL 353; HY/REL 364; HY/REL 365; HY/REL 373; HY/REL 465
Group C, Social Science: SY/REL/PHL 352; SY/REL 420