The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Philosophy (Pre-law), Bachelor of Arts

The Department of Philosophy offers a major in Philosophy within the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as a minor in Philosophy. The study of philosophy can serve many useful purposes, but perhaps the most important are:

Training in philosophy helps one think more clearly, more perceptively, and more effectively. Regardless of one's personal and occupational goals, and regardless of the projects in which one is interested, being able to think clearly and effectively about them is important. Americans today switch careers (not just jobs) two to three times on average over their lives. More than ever it is important to have the learning, critical thinking, and analytical skills that philosophy provides to be able to transition between different professions.

The study of philosophy uniquely helps one to better understand and appreciate oneself, the world outside, and how the two are related. In order to live a happy and fulfilled life, it is important to make sense of life and one's place in it. The satisfaction of that need is at the core of philosophy.

A major in Philosophy will provide strong preparation for a variety of careers, particularly careers in K-12 teaching, business, law, medicine, public policy, the ministry, and college teaching. A minor in Philosophy will provide excellent support for majors in numerous fields, including history, government, English, psychology, sociology, math and certain areas of science and business administration.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once.

Major Requirements - 60 Hours

Required Courses - 12 Hours

Philosophy Core 
PHIL 1340Introduction to Logic

3

PHIL 3301Ancient Philosophy

3

PHIL 3303Modern Philosophy (1600-1800)

3

PHIL 4380Senior Seminar

3

Prescribed Electives - 21 Hours

A minimum of 15 advanced of prescribed electives must be completed.

Metaphysics or Epistemology - 3 hours

Choose from:
PHIL 4310Epistemology

3

PHIL 4312Metaphysics

3

Value Theory - 3 hours

Choose from:
PHIL 1310Ethics, Happiness, and the Good Life

3

PHIL 1312Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 1330Philosophy, Art, and Film

3

PHIL 2306Introduction to Ethics

3

PHIL 2322Ethics, Health, and Culture

3

PHIL 2326Ethics, Technology and Society

3

PHIL 3330Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art

3

PHIL 3352/RELS 3352Religion, Spirituality, Ecology

3

PHIL 4302Special Topics in Applied Ethics

3

PHIL 4320Moral Theory

3

PHIL 4322Social and Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 4328Environmental Philosophy

3

Diversity and Pluralism in Philosophy - 3 hours

Choose from:
PHIL 1304/RELS 1304Introduction to World Religions

3

PHIL 1305Introduction to Latin American Philosophy

3

PHIL 1306Introduction to Asian Philosophy

3

PHIL 1362Race, Sexuality, and Class

3

PHIL 3307/RELS 3307Indigenous Philosophies and Religions

3

PHIL 3354/RELS 3354Islam

3

PHIL 3355/RELS 3355Buddhism

3

PHIL 3356/RELS 3356Judaism

3

PHIL 3360Feminist Philosophy

3

PHIL 3365/MASC 3365Chicana and Latin American Feminisms

3

PHIL 4305/LAMS 4391Special Topics in Latin American Philosophy

3

PHIL 4345Mexican/Mexican-American Philosophy

3

Philosophy Electives - 12 hours

Choose from additional philosophy (PHIL) courses not used to fulfill other requirements.

Pre-Law Concentration - 27 hours

Philosophy on the Law & Justice - 3 hours

PHIL 3370Philosophy of Law

3

Social and Political Philosophy - 3 hours

Choose from:
PHIL 1312Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 4322Social and Political Philosophy

3

Political and Economic Philosophy - 6 hours

Choose from:
PHIL 4318Philosophy of Food

3

PHIL 4323Radical Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 4325Capitalism and Philosophy of Economics

3

PHIL 4327Philosophy of Propaganda

3

Reasoning, Rhetoric, and Truth - 6 hours

Choose from:
PHIL 1300Critical Thinking

3

PHIL 3340Intermediate Logic

3

PHIL 4310Epistemology

3

Pre-Law Prescribed Electives - 9 hours

Choose from:
BLAW 3337Business Law I

3

COMM 1315Public Speaking

3

COMM 2335Argumentation and Debate

3

COMM 4315Persuasive Communication

3

CRIJ 1306Court Systems and Practices

3

CRIJ 4356Law and Society

3

CRIJ 4361Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

3

ENGL 4344Writing for Lawyers

3

HIST 3329American Legal History

3

HIST 3345History of England to 1688

3

MASC 3332/HIST 3332Mexican American History

3

MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

POLS 2350Introduction to Political Economy

3

POLS 3353Urban Political Economy

3

POLS 3356U.S. Economic Policy

3

POLS 4310U.S. Judicial Process

3

POLS 4311U.S. Constitutional Law ? Federalism

3

POLS 4312U.S. Constitutional Law ? Civil Liberties

3

POLS 4390Legal Research and Writing I

3

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

PSYC 4342Psychology and Law

3

Free Electives - 18 hours

Free elective credit hours at the advanced level may be needed to achieve the institutional minimum of 42 advanced hours.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120