• PHIL

    What is Philosophy?

    The Philosophy degree at Kennesaw State University is a humanities degree path that will challenge you to examine questions with no definitive answers. As you become familiar with notable thinkers and diverse worldviews, you’ll learn to think critically, identify and evaluate arguments and engage in ethical reasoning.

    KSU's BA in Philosophy includes ethics and western, non-western, and social and political philosophy. Our courses provide an in-depth study of western and non-western philosophies to help students better understand and appreciate human experience across time and cultures and to work more productively in a global context.

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements and only admission to Kennesaw State University is required.

    Foreign Language Requirement

    All Philosophy majors must demonstrate competence in a foreign language up through the level of FL 2002.

    Foreign Language options include: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Students can also choose American Sign Language, Arabic, or Hebrew under the FL prefix.

    Sample Classes

    • A study of Existentialism and Phenomenology including their historical roots in the nineteenth century, their major exponents of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and their impact on philosophy, literature, and other academic disciplines.
    • The course is a survey of the foundational figures and texts in the history of social and political philosophy, with focus on the concepts of freedom, obligation, authority, power, legitimacy, and social differences in the formulation of the purpose and foundation of political society.

    • The course is a survey of Japanese philosophical thought from ancient times to the present, including its cultural, religious, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions. While providing a broad overview of the development of Shinto, Confucianism, and Buddhism in the Japanese context, the course also examines the contributions of contemporary Japanese thinkers to world thought.
    • An in-depth examination of a major figure in western or non-western philosophy from the ancient to contemporary periods. Figures may include Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Patanjali, Dogen, Spinoza, Irigaray, Heidegger, and James. Course may be repeated if the course content is different.