Philosophy (B.A.) Humanities and Arts

You are here: Home / Current Students / Undergraduate Students / Advising / Recommended Academic Plans / Philosophy (B.A.) Humanities and Arts

Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (PHIL), Humanities and Arts Option

(H &A), 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 010 Critical Thinking or 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
**PHIL course from list 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
One three-credit course at the 400 level in a related arts or humanities discipline (in consultation with advisor) 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.

*(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.

* Use link to see course descriptions PHIL course descriptions

** PHIL 401-American Philosophy

PHIL 402-European Philosophy PHIL 409-Aesthetics

PHIL413-Philosophy of Literature PHIL 424-Philosophy of Religion

PHIL 435-The Interrelation of Science, Philosophy, and Religion

Updated December 2012

Return to Top