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    The BA in Philosophyis a 33-credit first major designed to give students a solid background in Western Philosophy and the fields of ethics and logic.

    AT THE HEART OF PHILOSOPHY are a number of fundamental questions: What can we know? What should we believe? How should we live?
    The study of philosophy teaches students to inquire in a systematic way into fundamental questions about our lives and our relationships to others, society, and the world. It helps students pull their studies together into a unified project and to think about broader perspectives and implications, which are often lost sight of in specialized study. In particular, the study of philosophy helps students to develop the critical thinking skills and dispositions essential to any academic pursuit and intelligent living.

    The Philosophy Department at Slippery Rock University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship with faculty who specialize in a range of areas including: Existentialism, Ethics, Continental Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, the History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, the Philosophy of Religion, French Philosophy, and Asian Philosophy.

    Our department fosters excellence in our students and offers a wide range of courses and different tracks designed to prepare you for a chosen career or to complement another major. We invite you to browse our website, or better, to stop in to talk to us and to meet some of our students.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    B.A. in Philosophy - Credits: 33

    Core Requirements - Credits: 21

    • PHIL 113 - Introduction to Logic Credits: 3


    • PHIL 313 - Symbolic Logic Credits: 3
    • PHIL 123 - Ethics Credits: 3
    • PHIL 331 - Social and Political Philosophy Credits: 3


    • PHIL 335 - Philosophy of Law and Justice Credits: 3
    • PHIL 341 - Philosophy of Religion Credits: 3


    • PHIL 343 - Asian Philosophy Credits: 3
    • PHIL 371 - History of Western Philosophy I Credits: 3
    • PHIL 372 - History of Western Philosophy II Credits: 3
    • PHIL 375 - Existentialism and Phenomenology Credits: 3


    • PHIL 376 - Analytic Philosophy Credits: 3

    Philosophy Electives - Credits: 12

    At least 3 credits must be at the 300 level or higher

    • PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy Credits: 3
    • PHIL 140 - World Religions Credits: 3
    • PHIL 163 - Philosophy in Literature Credits: 3
    • PHIL 170 - American Philosophy Credits: 3
    • PHIL 171 - Philosophy of Human Existence Credits: 3
    • PHIL 261 - Philosophy of Art Credits: 3
    • PHIL 324 - Environmental Ethics Credits: 3
    • PHIL 325 - Medical/Health Care Ethics Credits: 3
    • PHIL 326 - Business Ethics Credits: 3
    • PHIL 331 - Social and Political Philosophy Credits: 3
    • PHIL 335 - Philosophy of Law and Justice Credits: 3
    • PHIL 337 - Philosophy of Gender and Sex Credits: 3
    • PHIL 341 - Philosophy of Religion Credits: 3
    • PHIL 343 - Asian Philosophy Credits: 3
    • PHIL 351 - Philosophy of Natural Science Credits: 3
    • PHIL 373 - Modern Authors and Issues Credits: 3
    • PHIL 375 - Existentialism and Phenomenology Credits: 3
    • PHIL 376 - Analytic Philosophy Credits: 3
    • PHIL 490 - Independent Study Credits: 1-3
    • PHIL 498 - Selected Topics Credits: 1-3

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.



    Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT.

    We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

    In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

    • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

    • SAT or ACT Scores

    • $30.00 application fee

    WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.

    Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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