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    Dec 01, 2023  
American University Catalog 2020-2021 
American University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy (BA)

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Admission to the Program

Admission is through a formal declaration of major.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better including 18 credit hours at or above 300-level, and up to 6 credit hours in religion

Course Requirements

Required (3 credit hours)

Moral and Political Philosophy (9 credit hours)

Concentration (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from one of the following concentrations:

  • Human Rights
  • Aesthetics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Africana Thought
  • Feminist Theory
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Political Theory
  • Philosophy and Literature

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from one the following, or other approved courses:

Combined Philosophy (BA) and Philosophy (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor’s/master’s programs:

  • Admission is open to undergraduates with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 overall and in philosophy courses. Applications must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an academic writing sample. Students should discuss their interest in the program with members of the faculty before submitting a formal application

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