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Philosophy

What Is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the study of ideas, such as those about knowledge, truth and the meaning of life. It encourages students to challenge, defend and develop a tolerance for ideas.

Why Study Philosophy?

Studying philosophy enhances problem-solving capacities, persuasive powers and the ability to understand and express ideas. The study of philosophy provides a valuable preparation for students planning to pursue professional careers such as law, medicine and theology.

Taking and academic pathway in philosophy provides a foundation for careers requiring the ability to organize ideas, evaluate moral dilemmas and question the status quo. Careers include:

  • Computer science
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Theology
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1970 Philosophy Pathway

 Associate of Arts, Pathway – Philosophy

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. Required Courses (8-9 Credit Hours):
    1. One of the following (2-3 Credit Hours):
      • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2 Credit Hours)
      • PHIL 2500 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 Credit Hours) (Required for Graduation with Distinction in the B.A. in Philosophy at Georgia State University-Atlanta, and can improve performance on LSAT for Pre-Law students.)
    2. PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
    3. Select one of the following:
      • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics (3 Credit Hours)
      • PHIL 2040 Philosophy of Art (3 Credit Hours)
    4. World language at the 1002 or higher level (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Select additional 1000- or 2000-level courses from those with a subject in the core curriculum to complete 18 hours in Area F.
    • Recommended courses for the B.A. in Philosophy with no concentration: Any 1000- or 2000-level philosophy courses not used to fulfill requirements in Areas B, C, or F.
    • Recommended courses for the B.A. in Philosophy with a Pre-Law concentration:
      • Any 1000- or 2000-level philosophy courses not used to fulfill requirements in Areas B, C, or F.
      • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)
      • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credit Hours)

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Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Laurent Ditmann Email: lditmann@gsu.edu Telephone: 770-278-1357

Department Chair

Dr. Eric T. Morton Email: emorton@gsu.edu Telephone: 770-274-5490