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Philosophy, Society and Applied Ethics Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2016 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • Transfer students: You may apply up to 6 credits (two courses) toward program requirements, with the approval of the program director.
  • Read the course descriptions.

Degree requirements for the Law School Early Entry Option coming soon.


General Education Requirements
(43 credits)

General Education requirements for all new students entering UB in fall 2016 and after.

Philosophy, Society and Applied Ethics Program Requirements (36 credits)

Philosophy, Society and Applied Ethics Core (9 credits)

3 Required Philosophy Courses:

One of the following:

  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 100)
  • Contemporary Moral Issues (PHIL 140)
  • Critical Thinking and Arguments (PHIL 150)

and one of the following:

  • Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 317)
  • Modern Philosophy (PHIL 319)
  • 20th Century Philosophy (PHIL 320)

and Capstone in Applied and Public Philosophy (PHIL 499)

Tracks (27 credits)

Choose one of the following tracks:

STUDENT DESIGNED MAJOR

5 Elective Courses in Philosophy:

  • Five philosophy courses at 200-400 level, at least one of which must be 400 level

4 Electives from Subfield:

  • Drawing on any major or minor at UB other than philosophy, the student identifies a course of interdisciplinary study approved by program faculty

PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY

3 of the following Philosophy Courses related to Public Policy:

  • Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 250)
  • Environmental Ethics (PHIL 280)
  • Philosophy of Community (PHIL 302)
  • Theories of Justice (PHIL 490)
  • International Law and Morality (PHIL 496)

2 Elective Courses in Philosophy:

  • 2 additional philosophy courses at 200-400 level, at least one of which must be 400 level

4 Elective Courses in Public Affairs:

  • Must be approved by a faculty adviser in consultation with the College of Public Affairs.

PHILOSOPHY, ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

2 of the following Philosophy Courses related to Economics and Business:

  • Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 250)
  • Environmental Ethics (PHIL 280)
  • Theories of Justice (PHIL 490)

3 Elective courses in Philosophy

  • 3 additional philosophy courses at 200-400 level, at least one of which must be 400 level

4 elective courses in business and economics

  • electives must be approved by a faculty advisor in consultation with the Merrick School of Business

PHILOSOPHY, SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Environmental Ethics (PHIL 280)

3 of the following Philosophy Courses related to Sustainability and the Environment:

  • Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 250)
  • Eastern Religions (PHIL 309)
  • Religions in America (PHIL 419)
  • Theories of Justice (PHIL 490)
  • International Law and Morality (PHIL 496)

2 Elective courses in Philosophy:

  • 2 additional philosophy courses at 200-400 level, at least one of which must be 400 level

3 Elective courses in Sustainability and the environment:

  • Must be approved by a faculty advisor in consultation with the Program in Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology.

 APPLIED ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE

3 of the following Philosophy courses related to Applied Ethics and Professional Life:

  • Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 250)
  • Ethics (PHIL 301)
  • Professional Ethics in Human Services (PHIL 305)
  • Theories of Justice (PHIL 490)
  • Existentialism (PHIL 495)

2 Elective Courses in Philosophy:

  • 2 additional philosophy courses at 200-400 level, at least one of which must be 400 level

4 Elective Courses in Professional Life:

  • Must be approved by a faculty adviser in consultation with the Philosophy, Society and Applied Ethics program faculty.