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This program is designed to give students a solid grounding in the history of philosophy, and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. ODU offers three tracks: general, political and legal studies, and religious studies. The political and legal studies concentration is aimed at students interested in social and political philosophy, particularly those planning to attend law school. The religious studies concentration is designed for students looking to understand the role of religion in human culture and to expand their cultural competency. Students can also choose to minor in religious studies.
Courses equip you with versatile and marketable skills, including critical thinking, excellent verbal and written communication, and problem-solving
Students completing Philosophy BAs have the highest average composite GRE scores and either the best or nearly the best law school admission rates
Our program provides access to real-world experiences such as conferences, clubs, service learning, and summer programs to enhance your resume
Passionate faculty invest in the success of every student and seek to support a diverse, and inclusive community of philosophical thinkers
A study of religious and philosophical traditions of India, China and Japan. Primary emphasis will be given to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Prerequisites: Junior standing and three semester hours in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
A philosophical survey of approaches to understanding gender and gender differences. The course will also serve as an introduction to feminist philosophy, with a particular emphasis on feminist ethics. Prerequisites: Junior standing and three semester hours in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
A study of significant intellectual innovations and revolutions in nineteenth century European thought that helped shape the modern mind. Emphasis will be given to the writings of Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Philosophy should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
A student needs to have earned a grade of C or better in ENGL 110C or its equivalent and completed at least 26 credit hours
It is also recommended the student have completed PHIL 110P, PHIL 120P, PHIL 230E, or PHIL 250E, but it is not required
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
Dr. D. E. Wittkower
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2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.