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Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a liberal arts program designed to expose you to eastern, western, and contemporary philosophers, while examining myths, rituals, ethics, and morality. You’ll be taught to think critically and objectively, to write clearly and effectively, and to develop creative solutions to unique situations. This online bachelor’s degree helps to prepare you for professions requiring a high level of analytical thought such as think tanks and legal professions.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Discuss the historical development and evolution of philosophy from its origins through contemporary times.
  • Explain the various schools of philosophical and moral thought, the history behind their development, and the rationale for their acceptance and practice.
  • Recognize and apply logic: what makes a deductive argument valid or an inductive argument strong; an action moral or immoral; a statement believed to be true.
  • Stake out a philosophical position in a written composition and critically analyze a philosophical question.
  • Analyze and evaluate philosophical arguments from historical and contemporary sources.
  • Apply philosophical inquiry to contemporary events.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Ethics

Examines the field of ethics and provides the tools for ethical decision-making in such areas as war, euthanasia, divorce, and poverty. Delves into ethics in the criminal justice, environmental, healthcare, and military fields, as well as in business, such as the morality of profit-making.

Sample Courses

  • CMRJ308 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • PBHE361 - Moral Issues in Health Care
  • COMM280 - Ethics in Communication
  • PHIL320 - Environmental Ethics
  • MGMT314 - Management Ethics
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General

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered in this program, including ethics, moral issues, military philosophy, religion, and more.

Sample Courses

  • MILH304 - Readings in Military Philosophy
  • CMRJ308 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • PBHE361 - Moral Issues in Health Care
  • PHIL310 - Studies in Chinese Thought
  • PHIL311 - Studies in Japanese Thought
  • PHIL320 - Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL410 - God and World
  • RELS411 - Religious Existentialism
  • MGMT314 - Management Ethics

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

School of Arts & Humanities


School of Arts & Humanities

This program resides in the American Public University School of Arts & Humanities which provides the traditional nuts and bolts programs that can help you acquire the innovative thinking, flexibility, and problem solving abilities that employers value. In fact, our general studies and psychology programs in the School of Arts & Humanities rank in the top-10 most popular programs at APU.

While many college students today choose a direct education path that leads to in-demand careers in science and technology, a solid undergraduate liberal arts education can provide you with a strong foundation to pursue post-graduate programs in a variety of areas. "In my conversations with industry advisory councils, employers emphasize that while they can train new hires in processes and content, they can’t train what the humanities teach, which is effective written and oral communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and professionalism," states School of Arts & Humanities Dean Grace Glass.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.  

We encourage you to browse the School of Arts & Humanities webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you