Philosophy Major

NEW in 2012!  BA in Philosophy!

Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY!

Philosophy addresses the most fundamental questions about human nature and human life, about the possibility and scope of knowledge, the nature of value, and other fundamental, unavoidable concerns for any reflective person. It is a rigorous attempt to analyze, interpret, and articulate what human beings believe, value, and do—and what justifies belief, judgment, and action. Philosophy courses teach analytic and problem-solving skills, critical reading and thinking skills, and effective argument and writing. The abilities and skills developed in the study of philosophy are valuable in whatever you go on to do either in school or in your occupation. When you major in philosophy you undertake a broad study of fundamental questions and you explore them with critical attention, going into the issues in depth and learning about the various approaches to them. You also study key figures in the history of philosophy, learning how the problems have been formulated and addressed at different times and in different contexts, noting the persistence of the issues as well as the diversity of conceptions of them.

Major/Minor Coordinator: Catherine Kemp ckemp@jjay.cuny.edu

 A study conducted by the National Institute of Education and reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education found that Philosophy Majors received higher scores on the LSAT than students in all other humanities areas, higher scores than all social and natural science majors except economics and mathematics, and higher scores than all applied majors. (The study compared the scores of 550,000 college students who took the LSAT, GMAT, and the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE with data collected over the previous eighteen years.)

From “Average 2007-2008 LSAT Scores,” Michael Nieswiadomy, June 25, 2009, ranking average test scores by college major:

1 Philosophy 157.4 (tie)

1 Economics 157.4 (tie)

3 Engineering 156.2

4 History 155.9

5 English 154.7

7 Political Science 153.0

8 Psychology 152.5

9 Sociology 150.7

12 Criminal Justice 145.5

 

THE PHILOSOPHY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

I. CORE COURSES (21 credit hours)

REQUIRED COURSES

(15 credit hours):

PHI 105 Critical Thinking

PHI 210 Ethical Theory

PHI 231 Knowing, Being, Doing

PHI/LAW 310 Ethics and Law

PHI 330 Philosophical Modernity

SELECT ONE (3 credit hours):

PHI 343 Existentialism

PHI 351 Classical Chinese Philosophy

PHI/AAS 354 Africana Philosophy

II. ETHICS & VALUE THEORY SELECT ONE (3 credit hours)

PHI 201 Philosophy of Art

PHI 203 Political Philosophy

PHI/ANT/PSY/SOC 224 Death, Dying and Society

PHI 302 Philosophy of Rights

PHI/GEN 333 Theories of Gender and

Sexuality

PHI 315 Philosophy of Rule of Law

PHI/CRJ 321 Police Ethics

PHI/CRJ 322 Judicial and Correctional

Ethics PHI 340 Utopian Thought

PHI/POL 423 Selected Topics in Justice

III. HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY SELECT ONE (3 credit hours)

PHI 202 American Philosophy

PHI 326 Topics in the History of Modern Thought

PHI 327 19th Century European and American Philosophy

PHI 343 Existentialism

PHI 351 Classical Chinese Philosophy

PHI/AAS 354 Africana Philosophy

IV. METAPHYSICS & EPISTEMOLOGY SELECT ONE (3 credit hours)

PHI 104 Philosophy of Human Nature

PHI 204 Logic

PHI 205 Philosophy of Religion

PHI 304 Philosophy of Mind

PHI 374 Epistemology

PHI 377 Metaphysics

V. ELECTIVES SELECT THREE (9 credit hours)

Students must select three additional philosophy courses in consultation with an advisor. Electives must be drawn from courses listed at the 300 level or higher.

CAPSTONE (3 credit hours): PHI 400 Senior Seminar in Ethics

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 39