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B.A. in Philosophy Requirements

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Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at

Group 2. Major Requirements (and Assigned Credits)

  1. PHIL 209 Reasoning (3) or PHIL 345 Symbolic Logic (3)
  2. PHIL 211 History of Ancient Philosophy (3)
  3. PHIL 213 History of Modern Philosophy (3)
  4. PHIL 307 Theory of Knowledge (3) or PHIL 310 Metaphysics (3) or PHIL 312 Philosophy of Nature (3)
  5. PHIL 315 Ethical Theory (3) or PHIL 316 Science, Technology and Society (3) or PHIL 327 Bioethics or PHIL 329 Environmental Ethics
  6. And an additional five 300–400-level courses in Philosophy, two of which must be a course in Asian, comparative, or non-Western Philosophy

Total in Group 2: 30 Semester Credits

Total Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Philosophy

120 Semester Hours


  1. Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in courses required for the major.
  2. The B.A. in Philosophy requires a total of 45 semester hours of 300-/400-level course work.
  3. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  4. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered.
  5. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.