BA in Philosophy - Concentration in Analytic Reasoning

Any student with a declared philosophy major is eligible for the concentration in analytic reasoning.

Program Requirements 

The major requires a minimum of 27 total credit hours of philosophy courses, at least 15 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. For the concentration in analytical reasoning, students must complete 12 credit hours of relevant courses, which must include at least one introductory-level course in logic or critical reasoning, and three upper-level courses with a substantial analytical component. Approved logic, reasoning, philosophy of science, and analytical philosophy courses for this concentration are included below.

Each philosophy major must meet with a departmental advisor at least once a semester to plan or review a program of study. These programs are designed in terms of the individual student’s interests and future plans. Up to 12 credit hours of philosophy courses taken before the decision to major in philosophy may count toward a major. Additional credit hours may be counted with the advisor’s consent.

Course Title Hours
Foundational Logic or Critical Reasoning Courses
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3
PHIL 125Introductory Logic3
PHIL 125HIntroductory Logic Honors3
Courses with a Significant Analytical Component
PHIL 305Analytic Philosophy3
PHIL 320Philosophy of Science3
PHIL 321The History and Philosophy of the Physical Sciences in the 20th Century3
PHIL 325Formal Logic3
PHIL 335Theory of Knowledge3
PHIL 361Metaethics3
PHIL 421Philosophy of Mind3
PHIL 450Truth & Reality3
PHIL 501Philosophy of Language3
PHIL 540Theory of Knowledge3
PHIL 550Metaphysics3
PHIL 555Philosophy of the Social Sciences3
PHIL 590OModels and Analogies3

The department chair or undergraduate coordinator may approve transfer courses or independent study, e.g. 699 Directed Readings, to count towards the concentration in analytical reasoning. 

Students have several options for completing the applied learning requirement. See below.

Applied Learning

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with a concentration in analytic reasoning program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing the following program course requirements:

Select one item from list A, or three items from list B.

A. Substantive Experiences (one item from this list)

  • Publish an article in an undergraduate philosophy journal.
  • Edit or referee submissions for an undergraduate philosophy journal.
  • Give a paper or serve as commentator for a paper at an undergraduate philosophy conference.
  • Give a poster presentation at an undergraduate philosophy conference.
  • Give a paper or poster presentation at URCAF.
  • Take a Directed Readings or Honors option which involves original research or scholarship.
  • Internship or co-op experience.
  • Serve as logic/critical reasoning tutor.
  • Serve as an officer in the Philosophy Society (PS), the Prelaw Student Association (PLSA) or the SGA.

B. Less Substantive Experiences1 (three items from this list)

  • Attend lecture of visiting speaker (in philosophy).
  • Attend philosophy seminar given by visiting speaker.
  • Attend on-campus session of the Kansas Appellate Court.
  • Attend on-campus presentation by law school.
  • Participate in visits to regional law schools organized by the PLSA.
  • Attend an undergraduate or professional philosophy conference.
  • Participate in activities of the PS or PLSA.
  • Participate in philosophical discussions on social media organized by the PS.

Attendance/participation is to be verified either through completed registration forms or signatures on sign-up sheets.