BA in Philosophy - Concentration in World Philosophy

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

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 world philosophy, students must complete 18 credit hours of topical coursework, including PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy, 6 credit hours of Western philosophy courses, and 9 credit hours of non-Western philosophy courses. Eligible courses for the Western and non-Western philosophy requirements are listed 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
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
Western Philosophy Courses (minimum 6 credit hours)
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
Late Modern Philosophy
Analytic Philosophy
Latin American Philosophy
Non-Western Philosophy Courses (minimum 9 credit hours)
Japanese Film
Ancient Chinese Philosophy
Contemporary Chinese Philosophy
Survey of Asian Philosophy
Topics in Asian Philosophy
Courses that count towards non-Western philosophy requirement some semesters 1
Science and the Modern World
Values and the Modern World
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Sex and Love
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of The Arts

Applied Learning

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in philosophy 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 Experiences2 (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.