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The major in philosophy is built around two aims:

  • the study of the methods, problems, and history of philosophy
  • applications of and current developments within the discipline.

We teach our students to present and critically analyze arguments, orally and in written form. Our graduates have pursued careers in teaching, law, medicine, counseling, and business.

Program Details

There are three different ways to major in philosophy at UAB: the general track, the ethics track, and the honors program. When a student first declares a major in philosophy, he or she is classified in the general track. Students remain in this track unless they request entry and are successfully admitted into one of the other tracks. These requests are made by the department chair.

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for Philosophy majors are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

  • General Track

    The General Track suits the interests, needs, and scheduling desires of many philosophy majors. It is popular with students with general philosophical interests, with double majors, or with significant non-academic responsibilities (job, etc.). The general track consists of any 10 philosophy courses (30 hours) — 21 hours must be at the 200 level or above, and 9 hours must be at the 400 level or above (one of which must be a Capstone: PHL 490, 491, or 492).

    Other than the Ethics Track (see below), students who wish to focus on a particular area of philosophy within the General Track should consult the department chair to find a special advisor who can help with course selections that would fit their interests.

  • Ethics Track

    The Ethics Track is for students interested in focusing on ethical reasoning and social issues during their time as an undergraduate and after graduation. This track is particularly fitting for students aiming to work in business, law, and the health professions.

  • Honors Program

    The Honors Program requires 12 philosophy courses (36 hours), including the satisfaction of a distribution requirement and the composition of an honors thesis with a faculty supervisor or reader. Students graduating in the honors program graduate "With Honors in Philosophy.”

Ready to Apply?

All the information you need to apply can be found on the UAB Undergraduate Admissions website.