What courses will you take?
UMass Lowell's B.A. in Philosophy prepares you to critically engage with the world and emphasizes skills such as logic, argumentation, clarity, and creative thought.
There are three ways to major in philosophy, with options in General Philosophy, Communications and Critical Thinking, and Religious Studies.
- General Option – Gain a strong foundation in philosophy by completing survey courses in introductory philosophy supplemented by upper-level courses in ethics, politics and culture, and metaphysics. You will complete a capstone project the senior year, consisting of a focused directed study with a faculty member to create an in-depth thesis paper.
- Communications and Critical Thinking Option – Integrate philosophy with the field of communications with this unique interdisciplinary experience. In addition to philosophy courses, you will select three interdisciplinary electives in communications – digital media, film studies, etc. During the senior year, you will complete either the capstone project or a practicum. Practicum will consist of a 60-hour unpaid internship in communications with a write-up of the internship experience developed in coordination with a faculty advisor.
- Religious Studies Option – Focus your philosophical studies on religion with an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. You will take religion courses both in and outside of the philosophy department to encourage a broad understanding of religion and its place in the world. You will also complete a capstone project the senior year, consisting of a focused directed study with a faculty member to create an in-depth thesis paper.
Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about the Philosophy minor.