College of Arts and Letters

2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts

4YR Progression Plan-Classic

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHI240 Ancient Philosophy 3
Description: Reading and critical analysis of texts of the philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome, with emphasis on Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PHI223 Argument Analysis 3
Description: Systematic study of arguments, emphasizing analysis and evaluation of arguments as they occur in everyday life. (We encourage you to take either PHI 203 or 223 but not both.) Letter grade or pass-fail.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
-Option B-
PHI203 Scientific Reasoning 3
Description: Investigates the logical relations between theories and facts with focus on examples of scientific reasoning. (We encourage you to take either PHI 203 or 223 but not both.) Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
-Option B-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
5. NAU100 Transition To College 1
Description: Interactive course designed to facilitate student success through exploration of academic, navigation, and life skills, familiarize students with campus resources and services, and assist students in forming a support network. Letter grade only.
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHI241 Modern Philosophy 3
Description: Reading and critical analysis of texts of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophers such as Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, and Kant. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
-Option B-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014 Spring 2015
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PHI320 Metaphysics 3
Description: Issues include space and time, causality, contingency and necessity, form and matter, cause and substance, reason, language, and being. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: three hours of philosophy coursework, or instructor's consent.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
-Option B-
PHI321 Epistemology 3
Description: Issues concerning claims that one can or cannot know something. Sample issues include trust, relativism, skepticism, reason, experience, and belief. Letter grade or pass-fail.
Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHI-Philosophy coursework or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option C-
PHI322 Philosophy Of Mind 3
Description: Investigates the reasons for and implication of distinguishing minds from bodies. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy coursework, or instructor's consent.
Requirement Designation: Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option D-
PHI323 Topics In Logic 3
Description: Specific topic to be announced in the class schedule. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit as topic varies. Recommended: PHI 103 or 301.
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
2. PHIELECTIVE Philosphy Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
3. LANGUAGE101 Language 101-level Course 4
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PHI325 Topics In Ethics 3
Description: Specific topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit as topic varies.
Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHI-Philosophy coursework or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option B-
PHI357 Political Philosophy 3
Description: Issues encountered in the analysis, evaluation, and justification of political authority. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. PHI3XX/4XX Philosophy Upper Division 3 PHI3XX/4XX Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Notes: If you are considering graduate school in philosophy, PHI 301 is recommended as 3 of the 9 required units of Upper Division Philosophy coursework.
3. LANGUAGE102 Language 102-level Course 4
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHI3XX/4XX Philosophy Upper Division 3 PHI3XX/4XX Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Notes: If you are considering graduate school in philosophy, PHI 301 is recommended as 3 of the 9 required units of Upper Division Philosophy coursework.
2. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
3. LANGUAGE201 Language 201-level Course (LS elective or CU) 4
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PHI340W Medieval Philosophy 3
Description: Reading and critical analysis of the texts of the medieval philosophers, especially St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: PHI 240 and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option B-
PHI341W Topics 19th Century Philosophy 3
Description: Reading and critical analysis of texts of the philosophers of the nineteenth century, such as Hegel, Mill, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Comte. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (PHI 241 or PHI 241H) and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option C-
PHI342W Contemporary Analytic Philospy 3
Description: Reading and critical analysis of texts in analytic philosophy, as represented by thinkers such as Frege, Russell, Quine, and Wittgenstein. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.
Prerequisite: (PHI 241 or PHI 241H) and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
-Option D-
PHI343W Contemp Continental Philosophy 3
Description: Reading and critical analysis of texts in existential phenomenology, as represented by thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Gadamer, Derrida, and their followers. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy coursework, or instructor's consent.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
2. LANGUAGE202 Language 202-level Course (LS elective or CU) 4
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHIELECTIVE Philosphy Elective 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
2. PHI3XX/4XX Philosophy Upper Division 3 PHI3XX/4XX Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Notes: If you are considering graduate school in philosophy, PHI 301 is recommended as 3 of the 9 required units of Upper Division Philosophy coursework.
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Students need to submit a graduation application one term prior to graduation (Typically this is the student's 7th term).
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PHI414C Philosophy Seminar 3
Description: Specific topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit; may not repeat topic.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in (PHI 103 or PHI 103H or PHI 203 or PHI 203H or PHI 223 or PHI 223H or PHI 301) and two other PHI courses at 200-level or above
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
3. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Grade Required: Grade of "D" or better

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 114 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) LANGUAGE 101 (4), LANGUAGE 102 (4)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) LANGUAGE 201 (4)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Students may not use PHI prefix courses to meet any liberal studies requirements

CONTACT INFORMATION

Philosophy Department:
Babbitt Academic Annex (Bldg. 23), Room 106
PHONE: 928-523-2648
http://www.cal.nau.edu/philosophy/

Student Services Center:
College of Arts and Letters:
Riles (Bldg. 15), 2nd Floor
PHONE: 928-523-8632
http://www.cal.nau.edu/advising/default.asp

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the university catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your degree progress report.

Some courses may have pre-requisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or pre-requisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.