College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The major in philosophy is a traditional humanities and liberal-arts program. At Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), a double focus on context and 'transdisciplinarity' distinguishes our program and makes it unique in the Midwest.  A contextual approach means we study philosophical ideas as part of the social, political, and intellectual fabric of their times.  A transdisciplinary approach means we have our work informed by facts and results of cognate disciplines and the sciences.  We encourage our students to pursue our "Philosophy Plus Two" option within the Bachelor of Arts program.  This option allows up to two other disciplines to inform the student's capstone work in philosophy, and credits earned in those disciplines will count toward their major in philosophy.  This is a great way to assist those who want to double-major.

Core Courses:  10 credits

• PHIL 10200:  Methods in the Humanities  Cr. 1
• PHIL 11000/11009:  * Introduction to Philosophy/Introduction to Philosophical Topics  Cr. 3
• PHIL 11100/11101:  * Ethics/Contemporary Moral Problems  Cr. 3
• PHIL 15000:  Principles of Logic  Cr. 3

* Note:  Either one of the two Introductory classes, and either one of the two Ethics classes listed. If both Introductory classes or both Ethics classes are taken, one will count as an elective.

History Courses:  9 credits

Any three of the following:

• PHIL 30100:  History of Ancient Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 30200:  History of Medieval Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 30300:  History of Modern Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 30400:  19th Century Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 39000:  Topics in the History of Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 41200:  Topics in Analytic Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 42200:  Topics in Continental Philosophy  Cr. 3

Note:  The selection and sequence of history and topics courses should be chosen in close cooperation with and approved by an academic advisor in the Department of Philosophy.

Topics Courses:  9 credits

Any three of the following:

• PHIL 25200:  Intermediate Logic  Cr. 3

or any Philosophy course at the 300-level or higher; these include:

• PHIL 30500:  Philosophical Theories of Feminism  Cr. 3
• PHIL 31200:  Medical Ethics  Cr. 3
• PHIL 32600:  Business Ethics  Cr. 3
• PHIL 32700:  Environmental Ethics  Cr. 3
• PHIL 32800:  Ethics & Animals  Cr. 3
• PHIL 32900:  Foundations of Professional Ethics  Cr. 3
• PHIL 35100:  Philosophy of Science  Cr. 3
• PHIL 42500:  Metaphysics  Cr. 3
• PHIL 43500:  Philosophy of Mind  Cr. 3
• PHIL 46500:  Philosophy of Language  Cr. 3
• PHIL 48000:  Practicum in Applied Ethics  Cr. 3
• PHIL 49300:  Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Seminar  Cr. 1-3
• PHIL 51000:  Phenomenology  Cr. 3
• PHIL 51400:  20th Century Analytical Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 52000:  Existentialism  Cr. 3
• PHIL 53000:  Deconstructionist and Postmodernist Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 55500:  Critical Theory  Cr. 3
• PHIL 58000:  Proseminar in Philosophy  Cr. 3
• PHIL 59000:  Directed Readings in Philosophy  Cr. 1-3

Note:  The selection and sequence of history and topics courses should be chosen in close cooperation with and approved by an academic advisor in the Department of Philosophy.

Capstone Work:  9 credits

• PHIL 4/59900:  Senior Project in Philosophy  Cr. 1-3

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Bernd Buldt
E-mail:  buldtb@ipfw.edu
Phone:  260-481-6091