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Subconcentration (Minor) in Philosophy

Those interested in taking more philosophy can choose a subconcentration or minor by taking two courses, one from each of the two areas listed below, in addition to the four courses that fulfill the CUA Philosophy Requirement. Thus, the student will have completed six courses (18 credit hours) in philosophy. There is no comprehensive examination in the subconcentration. Notice of the subconcentration will appear on the student's official academic record.

Philosophy Requirement (4 courses) for the Bachelor's Degree at CUA

For the B.A. degree in the School of Arts and Sciences, the student is required to take four philosophy courses for a total of 12 credit hours. The first two courses introduce the student to philosophy and are prerequisites to all other philosophy courses. 

PHIL 201 - The Classical Mind

PHIL 202 - The Modern Mind 

To complete the four-course requirement the student chooses two more courses, one from each of the following two areas

Area I: Logic, Morality, and Action 

  • 301 - Reasoning and Argumentation
  • 303 - Biomedical Ethics
  • 309 - Ethics
  • 310 - Philosophy of Art
  • 311 - Contemporary Moral Issues
  • 332 - Political Philosophy
  • 333 - Philosophy of Natural Right & Natural Law
  • 351 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • 403 - Morality and Law 

Area II: Nature, Knowledge, and God 

  • 305 - Metaphysics
  • 308 - Philosophy of God
  • 313 - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • 315 - Philosophy of Language
  • 317 - Philosophy of Religion
  • 328 - Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • 329 - Philosophy of Science
  • 331 - Philosophy of Knowledge
  • 334 - Philosophy in the Islamic World

Descriptions of all courses are in Cardinal Station