Philosophy - A.B.

General Information

Degree & Major: Philosophy - A.B.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Department Name: Philosophy
Dr. Thanassis Samaras
Undergraduate Coordinator
(706) 542-2656

Dr. Sarah Wright
Undergraduate Coordinator
(706) 583-0530
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: Philosophy seeks to answer fundamental questions about the nature of reality and our knowledge of it; about the sources of meaning and value in human life; and the relationship of human beings to each other, to the natural world, and to the built environment. The A.B. in Philosophy at the University of Georgia is designed to guide the student in the systematic investigation of these questions. This involves studying historical and contemporary texts from a range of philosophical traditions and assessing the positions and arguments found in them. Students will acquire crucial philosophical skills in analyzing, evaluating, and developing philosophical arguments.

Career Opportunities: Philosophy students develop exceptional analytical and critical skills as well as superior writing ability. Students of philosophy are trained in logic and reasoning, fostering their ability to think rationally and develop clear arguments for positions on subject matters in nearly any field. The valuable skills that they develop during their degree program are desirable in many professions, including law, medicine, business, education, politics, and more.
of Transfer Students:
Entrance to the major requires a 2.0 GPA and completion of Areas I-V and Area VI of the Core for Philosophy.
Special Requirements: Philosophy majors and minors should acquire an e-mail account and notify the department of his/her e-mail address.

Graduation Requirements:


Each philosophy major is required to submit to the department a Major Portfolio as part of their graduation requirements. The following are guidelines to help you accomplish this task without too much trouble.
You are required to choose a faculty member, other than your scheduling advisor, to serve as your Academic Career Advisor. This faculty member will be assisting you in your preparation of the Major Portfolio, to discuss career choices or opportunities for graduate study, and will administer the exit interview. This should be done as soon as you are being advised in the department. If you have chosen someone and later decide to change, you are permitted to make one (1) change. You should be in contact with your advisor as soon as you have chosen him/her to make arrangements for your meeting(s).

1. During the final semester of enrollment each major shall submit a "major portfolio" consisting of the following:
(i) the major requirements completion form, which is available at the front office and which includes a list of all philosophy courses taken
(ii) an example of the student's best written work
(iii) a statement summarizing the student's experience as a philosophy major and possible recommendations for the department
(iv) a brief report of the results of the exit interview with the academic career advisor designed to assess the major's knowledge in some areas of philosophy which the student has explored during their degree program
NOTE: If your Major Portfolio is not turned into the Department, you will not receive your diploma.

2. Students are encouraged to do a graduation check with the Graduation Certification Office at least two semesters before graduation. The person to contact is Gregory Kline at
Study Abroad: College of Education at Oxford
Student Organizations: Phi Sigma Tau,, Chelsea Snelgrove
Available Graduate Programs: Philosophy, Law School