May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Philosophy, BA

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Courses in philosophy seek to enrich students’ appreciation of the history of philosophical reflection and to guide their comprehension and critical evaluation of current issues and trends. The philosophy major provides a sound foundation for further study in philosophy, the social sciences, law, theology and related fields. The philosophy major earns a B.A. degree.


Students majoring in philosophy and judged qualified by the philosophy faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in philosophy. To graduate ”With Honors in Philosophy,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2 and complete PHI 499 .

Special Features

Students who major in two areas offered by youth and family ministry, religious studies and/or philosophy may count only six credits from courses used to fulfill the requirements of the first major to fulfill the total credit requirement of the second major. A similar limitation applies to the student who elects both a major and minor offered by youth and family ministry, religious studies and/or philosophy, except that in such instances only three credits of duplicate course credit may be applied.

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

Graduation Requirements (4 hours)

General Education Requirements  

Technical Requirements (0 Hours)

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Choose Two Courses from the Following

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Choose Two Electives

Choose two electives from any PHI course (or Humanities core course, as approved), 300-level or higher. One of the 300-level courses must be specific to Philosophy.

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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