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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.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

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) Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18)
  1. Required Courses (8-9):
    1. One of the following (2-3):
      • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2)
      • PHIL 2500 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3) (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)
    3. Select one of the following:
    4. World language at the 1002 or higher level (3)
  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)
      • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

VIEW THE COMPLETE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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

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