Bachelor of Arts DegreeĀ in Philosophy

The Study of Philosophy

The study of philosophy involves the extensive use and development of the skills of rational inquiry and dialogue in the widest variety of human circumstances and issues. The study of philosophy enhances a person's sense of his or her own values, goals, prospects and possibilities in life. Philosophically-trained students score second only to mathematics majors on Graduate Record Examinations (GREs) and regularly perform well as a group on other standardized exams, including GMATs and LSATs. Philosophical study is likely to improve and refine the ability to think, write and communicate with others. Philosophy can enhance a student's education and life in ways that are harder to quantify. These have to do with coming to understand oneself and others better; being more open to experiences in life that are especially challenging; developing a sharper ability to think for oneself; and being better prepared to reflect critically and creatively upon questions we confront as persons, as citizens, and as human beings.

The Philosophy Major

The Philosophy major at Drexel introduces the subject matter and methods of philosophy in the context of engagement and contact with the world and its problems—from the personal to the global to the cosmic. Drexel philosophy majors take a mixture of historical and topical courses in the major fields of philosophical inquiry. These fields include ethics, metaphysics (philosophy of reality), epistemology (philosophy of knowledge), aesthetics (philosophy of art and beauty), social and political philosophy, philosophy of science, and logic. Our philosophy elective classes cover a wide range of applied subjects including technology, medicine, law, religion, science, the environment, and more. Our upper-level seminar classes are discussion-driven, reading- and writing-intensive classes usually limited to 10-12 students. Prior to the end of sophomore year students may choose to focus their philosophical studies in one of three areas of concentration. These are:

  • Ethical Theory and Practice,
  • Philosophy and Law,
  • Philosophy, Technology and Science.

Students may also remain in the general Philosophy concentration, which gives them the widest range of options from which to select their courses. Prior to the end of junior year, students may opt to work on a nine-credit Senior Thesis. This is a year-long, self-designed independent research and writing project, culminating in a defense before the program's faculty and students. This project consists of three one-on-one tutorials with a faculty member of the student’s choosing. The philosophy BA includes about 50 credits of free electives, which makes it possible for many students to double major. The Drexel philosophy program also offers a minor in philosophy (24.0 credits) and certificate programs in Philosophy in the Arts and Humanities and Philosophy in Science and Technology, (18.0 credits each).

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 182.0-188.0 credits

Recommended Plan of Study

Recommended Plan of Study for Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (PDF)