Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy asks the most fundamental kinds of questions concerning the nature of reality, society and humanity. Philosophers address such questions through use of reasoned argument and critical analysis. To learn philosophy is to master these skills and form a personally meaningful view of the world. The study of philosophy can be both intrinsically interesting and valuable in helping students achieve their personal and vocational goals.
Some philosophy majors hope to teach at the college level. But most go on to pursue a variety of other careers. Employers recognize the value of the critical and analytical reasoning skills in which a philosopher is trained. Philosophers are employed in all levels of government, journalism, business and law. Philosophy is also an excellent major for students going on to professional school in law, medicine or theology.
The philosophy department works with each student to develop a major to meet individual needs and interests. Students who focus on careers in law, business or the health professions may choose to include relevant courses. Some courses in the curriculum include:
The philosophy department is generally recognized as one of the strongest departments at BGSU. Faculty members are recognized in their fields and have developed a number of innovative teaching approaches. Their dedication is the most important element in making the study of philosophy rewarding.
The department offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs that form a lively intellectual environment. According to the “Philosophical Gourmet Report”, the department’s PhD. program in Applied Philosophy is one of the best in the English speaking world in the area of applied ethics. It also ranks highly in the areas of ethical theory and political philosophy. It also hosts an annual workshop series entitled “The Bowling Green Workshops in Applied Ethics and Public Policy” which discusses a different issue each year. The Social Philosophy and Policy Center attracts internationally known scholars who spend a semester or year at BGSU. The Center also sponsors major philosophical conferences on campus.
Each year achievement awards are given to top undergraduates in the department. A Philosophy Club meets periodically for informal philosophical discussions. There is also a regular “Philosophical Movie Night.” The Philosophy Department organizes the BGSU Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team which participates annually in the nationwide competition.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will benefit from courses that require significant amounts of reading and writing, such as those in English and History. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices, as well.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Philosophy, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/A_S/A_S69.html.