Philosophy (B.A.) General Studies

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Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (PHIL), General Studies Option (GEN), University Park

Effective Spring 2009

Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 or 030 (GWS) Composition 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) *FYS (XXX083S) 3
* 00 or 100 level courses in PHIL 3
Foreign Language ( level 001) 4
Quantification Course (GQ) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 2Credits
* 00 or 100 level courses in PHIL 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Foreign Language (level 002) 4
Quantification Course (GQ) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 3Credits
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective Speech 3
* 200 level course in PHIL 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Foreign Language ( level 003) 4
Natural Science (GN) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 4Credits
PHIL 012 Symbolic Logic 3
* 200 level course in PHIL 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
Arts (GA) 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantification or Foreign Language 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 5Credits
* 200 level course in PHIL 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantification or Foreign Language 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 6Credits
* 400 level course in PHIL 3
ENGL 202 (GWS) Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences, Writing in the Humanities, Technical Writing, or Business Writing 3
Arts (GA) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 7Credits
* 400 level course in PHIL 3
* 200 level course in PHIL 3
Other Cultures Course/Elective 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantification or Foreign Language 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) course 1.5
Elective 3
Total Credits: 16.5
Semester 8Credits
* 400 level course in PHIL 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) course 1.5
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 13.5

General education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the general education course(s) they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.

Scheduling patterns vary for courses according to the semester they are taught.

*(FYS) Completing a First-Year Seminar may also fulfill other requirements in the student's program, such as General Education, major, minor, or elective. For example, if a student completed CAS 083S (GH), it would satisfy 3 credits of the General Education humanities requirement and the First-Year Seminar requirement.

Scheduling patterns vary for courses according to the semester they are taught.

Bold type indicates courses requiring a quality grade of C or better.

  • Natural Science (GN) need a total of 9 credits. 3 must be a lab course. http://laus.la.psu.edu/current-students/advising/degree-requirements/liberal-arts-approved-natural-science-courses-for-the-laboratory-science-requirement
  • GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements which overlap with General Education requirements.
  • W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.
  • *PHIL course of choice: Use link to see course descriptions PHIL course descriptions

Updated spring 2014

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