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Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785-628-4291
Toll Free: 800-628-FHSU
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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Benefits of a Philosophy Degree
The study of philosophy is extremely effective at training one's critical thinking, evaluation, and reasoning skills. The fact that Philosophy majors typically rank highly in tests involving these skills is testament to this. A study compiling results from the class of 2008-2009's LSAT scores showed that Philosophy majors were 3rd in rank overall and ranked 2nd when accounting for number of students taking the test. Compiled data from GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores showed that Philosophy majors ranked highest in the verbal and analytical writing sections and ranked highly in the quantitative section of the exam.

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Requirements of the Degree
The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a 124-credit hour liberal arts major available through the College of Arts and Sciences at Fort Hays State University. The program provides key learning outcomes which can be integrated into other academic programs such as critical thinking, evaluation values, and interdisciplinary investigation.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements: 55 Credit Hours
Modern Language Requirements: 10 Credit Hours
Philosophy Core Courses: 30 Credit Hours
Free Electives: 29 Credit Hours


In the process of completing the 30 required core credits, virtual college philosophy majors will earn two certificates; Certificate in General Philosophy and the Certificate in Moral and Political Philosophy.

*Free Electives Not Included
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