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Philosophy, B.S.

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Interest in studying philosophy begins with the desire to engage life’s greatest questions: finding the meaning of human existence, making sense of reality and our place in the cosmos, giving systematic form to our ethical and political intuitions, explaining the history of human ideas, and other equally significant problems. Often students wonder how the study of philosophy can provide the foundation for successful and meaningful employment. Contrary to popular belief, a philosophy major is one of the best preparations possible for careers in a large number of different areas. An article in the London Times rightly called philosophy the "ultimate 'transferable work skill'" insofar as it prepares students for a wide array of practical services. As a group, philosophy majors consistently score at or near the top on standardized tests, gain employment on graduation at higher than average rates, rank highly in median mid-career salary, and enjoy a well-earned reputation for rigorous thinking. In fact, the Association of American Colleges and Universities tells students, “[y]our specific choice of major matters far less than the knowledge and skills you gain through all your studies and experiences in college. In terms of jobs, employers don’t hire majors. They hire individuals with potential to succeed over the long term and add value to their companies or organizations.” The study of philosophy, one of the oldest and most rigorous disciplines, provides students with critical thinking, writing, and arguing skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive working environments.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended for Social Science majors)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0) (recommended for Business majors)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 37 Credits
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 120R Philosophy Forum 1
  PHIL 2000 Formal Logic I 3
  PHIL 2110 Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
  PHIL 2150 Early Modern Philosophy 3
  PHIL 4910 Philosophy Research Capstone 3
Ethics Set (complete 3 credits from the following): 3
  PHIL 3510 Business and Professional Ethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3520 Bioethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3530 Environmental Ethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3540 Christian Ethics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3550 Moral Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 3700 Social and Political Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 450R Interdisciplinary Senior Ethics Seminar (3.0)  
  PHIL 451R Ethical Theory Seminar (3.0)  
History Set (complete 3 credits from the following): 3
  PHIL 4140 History of Analytic Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 4150 History of Continental Philosophy (3.0)  
Topics Set I (complete 3 credits, not previously completed, from the following) 3
  PHIL 3000 Formal Logic II (3.0)  
  PHIL 3200 Metaphysics (3.0)  
  PHIL 3300 Epistemology (3.0)  
  PHIL 3400 Philosophy of Science (3.0)  
  PHIL 4140 History of Analytic Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 4470 Philosophy of Mind (3.0)  
  PHIL 4480 Philosophy of Language (3.0)  
Topic Set II (complete 3 credits, not previously completed, from the following): 3
  PHIL 3470 Pragmatism and American Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 3750 Marxist Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 3810 Existentialism and Phenomenology (3.0)  
  PHIL 386R Topics in Ancient Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 4130 Nineteenth Century European Philosophy (3.0)  
  PHIL 4150 History of Continental Philosophy (3.0)  
Complete 12 additional credits of Philosophy course work, at least 9 of which must be upper-division (excluding those courses taken to fulfill categories listed above).  12
Elective Requirements: 48 Credits
  Any course 1000 or higher; 16 credits must be upper-division  48

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Completion of 40 hours of upper-division credit.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: It is recommended that students planning on earning a Baccalaureate Degree in Philosophy take a foreign language, preferably French or German, in their Freshman and Sophomore academic years. PHIL 120R, PHIL 290R, PHIL 295R, PHIL 400R, PHIL 492R, PHIL 450R, and PHIL 451R can be repeated for credit.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010* Introduction to Writing 3
Elective: MAT 1010* Intermediate Algebra 4
American Institutions Refer to GE  3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
Elective   4
  Semester total: 16
Notes: *based on test scores, see advisor for details
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing-Humanities--Social Sciences 3
MAT 1030/MATH 1040/1050/1090 Quantitative Reasoning/Intro to Statistics/College Algebra/College Algebra for Business** 3
PHIL 1250 Logical Thinking & Philosophical Writing (lower-division philosophy elective) 3
Humanities HUM 1010-Humanities Through the Arts (recommended) 3
Elective   4
  Semester total: 16
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050/205G/205H Ethics and Values** 3
Biology  Refer to GE** 3
Social/Behavioral Science Refer to GE** 3
Elective   4
PHIL 2110 Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science

Refer to GE**

3
Fine Art Refer to GE** 3
Elective   4
PHIL 2150 Early Modern Philosophy (Spring) 3
PHIL 120R Philosophy Forum 1
  Semester total: 14
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Third Science Refer to GE (BB or PP)** 3
ETHICS SET Refer to list** 3
PHIL 2000 Formal Logic I 3
TOPIC II SET Refer to list** 3
Elective any course 1000-level or higher, minor recommended 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
TOPIC I SET Refer to list** 3
PHIL Elective any PHIL course 3000-level or higher 3
PHIL Elective any PHIL course 3000-level or higher 3
Elective any course 1000-level or higher, minor recommended 3
Elective any course 1000-level or higher, minor recommended 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
HISTORY SET Refer to list** (Fall) 3
PHIL Elective any PHIL course 3000-level or higher 3
Elective any course 1000-level or higher, minor recommended 3
Upper-Division Elective any course 3000-level or higher, minor recommended 4
  Semester total: 13
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 4910 Philosophy Research Capstone 3
Upper-Division Elective any course 3000-level or higher, minor recommended 3
Upper-Division Elective any course 3000-level or higher, minor recommended 3
Upper-Division Elective any course 3000-level or higher, minor recommended 3
Upper-Division Elective any course 3000-level or higher, minor recommended 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Philosophy & Humanities

Location:

CB 507 (PHIL) & CB 211 (HUM)

Telephone:

801-863-8352 & 801-863-6284

Email:

 

Web Address:

uvu.edu/philhum

Chair:

Pierre Lamarche

 
 

Mission Statement

The UVU Philosophy and Humanities Department is committed to the idea that logic and critical thinking are the core of all academic disciplines. The department engages in the critical study of the intellectual and creative underpinnings of the liberal arts curriculum. The humanities reflect on and interact with those creative enterprises that make us most human: art, architecture, music, and poetry. Philosophy engages theoretical and practical questions about reality and human experience in the life-long pursuit of truth and understanding.

In keeping with the democratic ideal of an educated citizenship, the department aims to provide the highest quality educational experience to prepare students for an increasingly complex and intellectually demanding society. The free exploration of ideas will expose students to a variety of perspectives on important issues; the critical examination of those ideas will impart the skills of reflection and decision-making.

The department hopes to develop in its students a set of skills and knowledge useful for all forms of reflection and investigation. First, we teach the skills of critical thinking - both the practical skills of problem solving, and the subtler exercise of reflection on one’s own values and beliefs. Second, we teach the skills of communication, through effective speech and clear, rigorous writing. Third, we impart a wide variety of content, including knowledge of the history of philosophy and the humanities, an appreciation and understanding of human diversity, and a connection of these topics to practical life. Fourth, we hope to impart the basic values of the liberal arts, including self- reflectiveness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity.
 
 

Philosophy & Humanities

  • Advisor: Erin Donahoe-Rankin 
  • Office: CB 506H
  • Telephone: 801-863-6717
  • Email: donahoer@uvu.edu
  • Humanities Program Coordinator: Sam Liang
  • Telephone: 801-863-6266
  • Email: SLiang @uvu.edu
 
 

Faculty

Brian Birch(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Religious Studies

M.S., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion & Theology, Claremont Graduate University.

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Thomas Bretz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy/Ethics, Dresden University of Technology; M.A.,,Philosophy, The New School for Social Research; Ph.D (ABD) Philosophy, Loyola University.

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Alex Caldiero(2002)

Senior Artist in Residence

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Artist in Residence

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Elaine Englehardt(1980)

Distinguished Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Journalism, M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Communications, University of Utah.

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Laura Guerrero(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Willamette University; M.A., Philosophy, University of Hawaii;

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Wayne Hanewicz(2004)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair

Department: Integrated Studies
Faculty

B.S., M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Michigan (Interdisciplinary).

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Jorgen Hansen(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.S., Philosophy, Utah Valley University; M.A., Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.

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Pierre Lamarche(2000)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Physics, University of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas.

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Samuel Liang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Studies

B.A., Architecture, Anhul Architectural Industry Institute; M.A., History of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai; Ph.D., Art History, Binghampton University.

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Michael Minch(2001)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Peace and Justice Studies

B.A., History, Grand Canyon College; M.A., Political Philosophy, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah; M. Divinity, The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Karen Mizell(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Incarnate Word College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oklahoma.

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Shannon Mussett(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Goucher College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Christopher Nguyen(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California; B.A., Philosophy, Harvard University.

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Jeffery Nielsen(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., German, Weber State University; M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), Philosophy, Boston College.

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R. Potter(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., Florida State University; M.A., University of Notre Dame.

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Katherine Reed(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.M., Music Education, Youngstown State University; M.M., Trombone Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas; Ph.D., Historical Musicology, University of Florida.

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Michaela Sawyer(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



M.A., English, Washington University; M.A., American Studies, Heinrich-Heine University.

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Michael Shaw(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Classical Studies

B.A., Philosophy, Bates College; M.A., Philosophy, Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Leslie Simon(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., English Literature, Texas A&M University; M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), English & Literature, Boston University.

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Eric Stencil(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Ph.D., Philosophy, M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., Philosophy & History, Bowling Green State University.

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Christine Weigel(2002)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, B.M., Music Performance, Lawrence University; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University.

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Careers

Careers:  
Students pursuing advanced degrees in Philosophy, including a PhD, will likely be looking for tenure-track teaching positions at colleges and universities. Most Philosophy students will go on to graduate school, but not just in Philosophy. Philosophy majors, for example, are the highest average scoring group on the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE. Studying Philosophy develops high-demand skills, like complex critical thinking and problem solving. Therefore, Philosophy graduates can also consider themselves well-prepared for a long list of careers and fields, such as:
 
Law
Advertising
Higher Education
Computer Sciences
Human Resources
Journalism
Research Management
Medicine
Ethics Officers
Public Policy
Government
Public Relations
Publishing
Religion & Ministry
Non-profit/NGOs
Grant Writing/Fundraising
Finance

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