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The program can be completed in four years.

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Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer.


Philosophy, B.A.

Philosophy teaches a person how to think critically and creatively, how to write clearly and persuasively, and other skills valuable to a wide range of careers, including law, business, the sciences and education.

The Department of Philosophy has three areas of strength:

  • Social, Legal, and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, and Neurophilosophy
  • The History of Philosophy

The department also offers a series of courses in applied ethics, which provides students useful skills for their careers and their lives. Courses in this area include Introduction to Ethics, Sex and Love, Race and Racism, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Business Ethics, and our signature experience course in which students prepare to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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A 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course is a prerequisite for all 4000-level philosophy courses. Majors are strongly urged to take PHIL 2010 or PHIL 2030 and PHIL 3000 before taking 4000-level courses.

See the Undergraduate Catalog for a detailed schedule of required courses for the major.

The department offers several endowed scholarships for undergraduate students: The Arlene and Alvin Altman Endowment in Philosophy, The George W. Beiswanger and the Orbun Troy Moore III Undergraduate Ethics Essay Contest Award.

Philosophy majors will learn to:

  • Analyze ideas and arguments
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively
  • Apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning
  • Develop the intellectual flexibility to become a lifelong learner
  • Understand others’ perspectives
  • Foster creativity by generating new ideas



Philosophy prepares students to succeed in a wide range of careers. It’s also a solid foundation for those who plan to attend law school, business school and other graduate programs.


Department Offices
25 Park Place
Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30303

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-6100

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Eddy Nahmias, Professor
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-6109

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3994
Atlanta, GA 30302-3994

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.