Missouri State University

BS Four-Year Graduation

The philosophy degree at Missouri State can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. In addition to the courses listed below, the department offers sections of Philosophy 110 and Philosophy 115 each summer.

Sample schedule

This non-comprehensive degree program requires the completion of a minor. Adjustments can be made in consultation with your advisor if your chosen minor requires different hours. A projected course offering list is provided on the course rotation page.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
ENG 110 Writing I3
PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
General elective3
Culture and Society/Social Science3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
Upper level elective3
HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 18773
CIS 101 Computers for Learning2
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
PHI 345 Theories of Ethics3
Upper level elective3
Natural World3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E.3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
PHI 305 Elements of Symbolic Logic3
PHI 312 Contemporary Continental Philosophy3
Upper level elective3
Self-Understanding/Social Science3
Self-Understanding/Creativity and Vision3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
PHI 306 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient3
PHI 513 Bioethics3
Natural World3
Upper level elective3
Minor Course3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
PHI 310 History of Western Philosophy: Modern3
Philosophy elective3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E.3
Minor course3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
PHI 325 Philosophy of Science: Explanation, Objectivity and Progress3
PHI 330 Introduction to Political Theory3
Upper level elective3
Minor course3
Minor course3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
PHI 314 Asian Philosophy3
Minor course3
Minor course3
Upper level elective3
Total hours12