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Philosophy courses at Ohio Dominican University prepare students to think critically in a way that is informed by the insights of the Western philosophical tradition.

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Minor in Philosophy
See also: One-hundred-level courses introduce students to some principles of philosophy. Upper-level courses build on this foundation by applying and examining these principles. Studying philosophy develops the ability to think critically and to write clearly, as evidenced by philosophy students’ outstanding performance on standardized tests for graduate schools, including the LSAT.

The B.A. in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration is designed to prepare students for law school. 
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Philosophy Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 Natural Science
    MTH 121
    Required Elective (4)
    HST
    Elective
    Social/Behavioral Science
    Elective
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279 Foreign Language 111
    Foreign Language 110
    Required Elective (4)
    Required Elective (4)
    Required Elective (3)
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 Required Elective (4)
    Required Elective (2) Required Elective (2)
    Required Elective (4) Social/Behavioral Science
    Art/Music/Theatre THL
    Elective Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    Required Elective (1) PHL 479
    LIT THL
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Required Elective (1) – Choose one of the following courses:
    • PHL 361 or PHL 362
    Required Electives (2) – Choose two of the following not already taken:
    • PHL 361, PHL 362, PHL 363, PHL 364, PHL 365
    Required Electives (3) – Choose one of the following:
    • PHL 150, PHL 206, PHL 242, PHL 243, PHL 279A, PHL 346, PHL 379B
    Required Electives (4) – 15 credits in PHL electives, no more than 9 credits at the 100-level

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in Philosophy
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below. 
    Courses Credits
    PHL 479 CORE: Metaphysics 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    PHL 361 History of Ancient Philosophy 3*
    PHL 362 History of Medieval Philosophy 3*
    Select two courses from the following not chosen above:

    Courses Credits
    PHL 361 History of Ancient Philosophy 3*
    PHL 362 History of Medieval Philosophy 3*
    PHL 363 History of Renaissance Philosophy & the 
Foundations of Modern Philosophy 3*
    PHL 364 History of Modern Philosophy 3*
    PHL 365 History of Contemporary Philosophy 3*
    Select one course from the following: 

    Courses Credits
    PHL 150 Theories of Ethics 3*
    PHL 206 Philosophy of the Person 3*
    PHL 242 Applied Ethics 3*
    PHL 243 Bioethics 3*
    PHL 279A CORE: Ethical Issues of Sex & Marriage 3*
    PHL 346 Principles of Business Ethics 3*
    PHL 379B CORE: Lives of the Philosophers 3*

    PHL Elective Courses Credits
    No more than nine credits may be at the 100 level. 15*
    Total Credits Required 30

    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

  • Minor in Philosophy
    Courses Credits
    12 credits in Philosophy (PHL) with no more than six credits at the 100 level. 12
    PHL 479 CORE: Metaphysics 3
    Total Credits Required 15
  • Minor in Applied Ethics
    Courses Credits
    PHL 206 Philosophy of the Person 3
    PHL 242 Applied Ethics 3
    PHL 243 Bioethics 3
    THL 335 Christian Morality 3
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    PHL 109 Issues in Philosophy 3
    PHL 110 Wisdom & the Web 3
    Select three credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    ACT 430 Auditing & Assurances Service 3
    BUS 345 Business & Employment Law 3
    POL 279A CORE: Environmental Values & Policymaking 3
    POL 379B CORE: Peace & Justice: Catholic Social Teachings 3
    Total Credits Required 18