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Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (PHIL), Social Sciences Option (SOCSC) University Park

Effective Spring 2007

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
*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 in consultation with major adviser. 3
One three-credit course at the 400 level in a related social science 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 in consultation with major adviser. 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.

Note: Students enrolled in, or hoping to enroll in, majors in the College of the Liberal Arts are expected to attend the University Park campus once they have earned a total of 60 credits. No more than 91 credits earned while enrolled at another Penn State College or at another institution may be applied toward degrees granted by the College of the Liberal Arts. A minimum of 24 of the credits related to the primary area of study stipulated under “requirements for the major” must be completed at University Park. (For example, History majors must complete 24 credits of "Hist" courses at University Park.) Senior or capstone courses required for the major must be completed at University Park.

*(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.

*List: PHIL 401, 408W, 416, 425W, 438

  • Bold type indicates courses requiring a quality grade of C or better.
  • While completing history courses, students must complete 6 credits of Non-Western History courses (See department list) to graduate.
  • 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.

Updated December 2012

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