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Philosophy

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“Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” — C.S. Lewis

At Toccoa Falls College, we offer a quality philosophy major and minor that will prepare you for graduate school, law school, business school, medical school, seminary, and ministry.

“Once scoffed at as a luxury major, philosophy is now being embraced, . . . by a new generation of college students who are drawing modern-day lessons from the age-old discipline as they try to make sense of their world.” — NY Times, April 2008

Did you know that philosophy majors consistently score very high on the following entrance exams?

The Graduate Record Exam (the GRE) is the standard test for applicants to graduate school.

  • Philosophy majors score the HIGHEST of all majors (including English and Literature majors) on the verbal reasoning portion of the GRE (17 percent higher)
  • Philosophy majors score the HIGHEST of all majors on the analytic writing portion of the GRE
  • Philosophy majors score the HIGHEST of all humanities majors on the quantitative portion of the GRE (4.6 percent higher)  http://www.philosophy.eku.edu/scores.htm

The Law School Admission Test (the LSAT) is the standard test for applicants to law school.

  • Philosophy Majors consistently score the HIGHEST of the 12 largest majors entering Law School (majors with over 1900 applicants) with an average LSAT score of 157.4.
  • Philosophy Majors consistently score SECOND (behind only Math/Physics) of all majors taking the LSAT.

— Source for 2003-04 data: Nieswiadomy, Michael, “LSAT Scores of Economics Majors: The 2003-2004 Class Update,” Journal of Economic Education (Spring 2006): 244-247.

The Medical College Admission Test (the MCAT) is the standard test for applicants to medical school.

  • Philosophy majors have the HIGHEST medical school acceptance rate of all majors at over 50 percent.  American Medical Student Association

“Philosophy majors are highly sought by law schools and medical schools.” — James Wagner, President of Emory University

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (the GMAT) is the standard test for applicants to business school.

  • Philosophy majors score higher on average than all other majors (not just humanities) except for math, physics, and engineering, and higher than economics and business majors.

Career Finance Information for Philosophy Majors

  • The Wall Street Journal reported that philosophy majors tied math majors for degrees that increased a person’s salary the most (by 103 percent) from starting pay to mid-career pay.

GENERAL EDUCATION – 69 hours

BIBLE & THEOLOGY – 30 hours

BIB 213 Hermeneutics
BSF 103 Foundations of Spiritual Formation
NTE 103 Introduction to the New Testament
NTE ___ NT Elective
OTE 103 Introduction to the Old Testament
OTE ___ OT Elective
SYT 303 Introduction to Theology
3 hours Theology Electives from SYT or THE
6 hours of Bible/Theology from any: BIB, BMI, GRK 333, 343, HEB 223, 333, 343, NTE, OTE, SYT, THE, or approved integrative courses

HUMANITIES – 15 hours

COM 113 Introduction to Communication
ENG 113 Freshman Composition I
ENG 123 Freshman Composition II
HUM 103 Western Thought & Culture
3 hours Literature elective from: AML or ENG at 200- or 300-level

SOCIAL SCIENCES – 15 hours

HIS 313 History of Ancient Greece and Rome
HIS 353 Church History
PSY 113 General Psychology
6 hours Social Science Elective from a 200+ level

COMPUTER, SCIENCE, & MATHEMATICS – 9-10 hours

SCI 113 Scientific Literacy or other science elective
3 hours Mathematics Elective
3-4 hour elective prefixed BIO, CHM, CSC, MAT, PHS, or SCI

MAJOR – 42 hours

The following 10 PHY courses are required:

PHY 113 Introduction to Philosophy
PHY 233 Critical Thinking
PHY 243 Ethics
PHY 313 Epistemology and Metaphysics **(offered combined beginning spring, 2015)
PHY 333 Bioethics
PHY 413 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
PHY 423 Modern Philosophy
PHY 433 Contemporary Philosophy
PHY 443 Senior Philosophy Thesis or PHY 463 Philosophy Practicum
PHY 473 Philosophy of Religion

Choose 4 of the following:

COM 423 Communication Ethics
BUS 333 Business Ethics
ENG 443 History of Practice of Literary Criticism
SYT 433 Critical Issues in Theology
THE 453 History of Theology
PHY 383 Study Abroad in Philosophy
THY 353 Apologetics

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Year by Year Philosophy Major

First Year (starting 2013-2014)

Fall Semester

*Bold = Major Courses

BSF 103 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
NTE 103 Introduction to the New Testament 3
COM 113 Introduction to Communication 3
ENG 113 Freshman Composition I 3
PHY 113 Introduction to Philosophy 3
TFC 100 Orientation 0

Winterim

HUM 103 Western Thought & Culture 3

Spring Semester

BIB 213 Hermeneutics 3
Computer, Science, or Math Elective 3
ENG 123 Freshman Composition II 3
SCI 113 Scientific Literacy or other science elective 3
MAT ___ Mathematics elective 3

Second Year

Fall Semester

NTE ___ NT Elective 3
OTE 103 Introduction to the Old Testament 3
GRK 213 Elementary Greek I or Open Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
PSY 113 General Psychology 3
PHY 243 Ethics 3
STM ___ Student Ministry 0

Spring Semester

OTE ___ Old Testament Elective 3
GRK 223 Elementary Greek II or Open Elective 3
Literature elective 3
PHY 233 Critical Thinking or PHY 333 Bioethics  3
PHY 313 Epistemology and Metaphysics 3
(offered combined beginning spring 2015) or PHY 473 Phil. of religion 3
STM ___ Student Ministry 0

Third Year

Fall Semester

SYT 303 Introduction to Theology 3
HIS 353 Church History 3
HIS 313 History of Ancient Greece & Rome 3
PHY 413 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy or PHY 423 Modern Philosophy 3
Choice of one of the four options (p. 2 above) 3
STM ___ Student Ministry 0

Spring Semester

Theology Elective 3
PHY 333 Bioethics or PHY 233 Critical Thinking 3
PHY 473 Philosophy of Religion or PHY 313 Epistemology and Metaphysics 3
Minor or Open Elective  3
Choice of one of the four options (p. 2 above) or PHY 433 Contemporary Phil. 3
STM ___ Student Ministry 0

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Bible & Theology Elective 3
PHY 423 Modern Philosophy or PHY 413 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy 3
Choice of one of the four options (p. 2 above) 3
Minor or Open Elective  3
PHY 463 Philosophy Practicum (or PHY 443 Senior Philosophy Thesis) 3

Spring Semester

Bible & Theology Elective 3
Open Elective 3
PHY 233 Critical Thinking or PHY 333 Bioethics 3
PHY 313 Epistemology and Metaphysics or PHY 473 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHY 433 Contemporary Phil. or choice of one of the four options (p. 2 above) 3

Minimum hours required = 126

The Philosophy Minor:

The student may also custom design a philosophy minor by selecting introduction to philosophy, critical thinking, and a choice of four additional philosophy courses. (Please see Dr. Elkins for recommendations)

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