Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Department:History and Philosophy
Building 50, Room 228
(850) 474-2672
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:38.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. degree in Philosophy is an ideal liberal arts major and provides students with foundations for a great number of careers in areas such as business, writing, teaching, public administration, law, environmental advocacy, the social and human services, and advanced studies in other humanities. The degree program helps students develop skills for problem-solving in everyday life and emphasizes comprehension, communication, interpretation, criticism, and evaluation.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Philosophy must meet the requirements listed below. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all major courses. 

Capstone Requirement

During their senior year of study (or during the junior year with the approval of the department Chair), and with the assistance of their advisor, each student will officially designate one of two options as their Capstone Experience: the Capstone Research Project or the Capstone Portfolio. The Research Project is recommended for those planning to attend graduate school in Philosophy, while the Portfolio is recommended for those not planning further formal study in Philosophy. At the beginning of that term, it is the student’s responsibility to submit to the Department Chairperson a “Capstone Experience Proposal” (signed by the Instructor of the Capstone Course, if applicable, and the student’s advisor). The design of the Capstone Research Project will give the student an opportunity to showcase academic accomplishments in a unified format through the production of a substantial research project. Exemplary projects will be submitted to showcase opportunities on and off campus. Students completing either Capstone project should fill out a Variable Credit Hour form and take one credit hour of PHI 4905 under the supervision of a faculty member as a Directed Study. 

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement:

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and an exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b)

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to complete at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.24
Total Hours24


PHH 3100Greek Philosophy3
PHH 3400Modern Philosophy3
PHI 3130Modern Logic3
Metaphysics and Epistemology6
Choose two of the following
Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics: Furniture of the Universe
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Value Theory6
Choose two of the following
Philosophy of Art
Social and Political Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
2 Additional Courses at the 3000/4000 level6
One 1 Credit Hour Capstone Directed Study Course1
Total Hours28

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 credit hours at the upper division. Completing the above-listed departmental requirements will provide the student with 28 credit hours at the upper division, leaving 20 more to complete the total 48 hour requirement. Those remaining 20 hours may be taken in Philosophy courses not already being used in the student's major degree program or in courses offered by other departments, but all such courses must be at the 3000/4000 level.20
Total Hours20

The upper-division courses (3000-4000 level) with the following prefixes will be used in calculating the major grade point average: PHH, PHI, PHM, and PHP.


To earn the minor in Philosophy, students must take 12 sh at the upper division. It is recommended that students include at least one history course and one course in methods and problems. Students in the Philosophy specialization may not earn this minor.12
Total Hours12