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Pre-Law (Philosophy)  

The Department of Philosophy, in the College of Arts and Sciences, places an emphasis on the study of Anglo-American analytic philosophy and covers the following traditional areas as well: ancient and medieval, early modern philosophy, pragmatism and philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, history and philosophy of the sciences including both natural and social sciences, ethics (theoretical and applied), social and political philosophy, theory of knowledge and aesthetics, logic and the philosophy of mathematics.

Philosophy students can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, or may enroll as a Pre-Law major in Philosophy. For students in other departments, a Philosophy Minor can be declared after 25 hours of coursework. Students interested in an in-depth study of Philosophy may pursue a three-year bachelor’s degree program offered through the Honors Tutorial College. The Department of Philosophy is also proud to be in the 14th year of the Ohio University Philosophy Forum, which gives students the opportunity to study the recent work of modern philosophers through seminars and discussions with the authors. The Forum has brought to campus Robert Nozick, Daniel Dennett, Hilary Putnam, Alasdair MacIntyre, Cora Diamond, Arthur Fine, Simon Blackburn, Susan Haack, Julia Annas, Lynne Rudder Baker, and T. M. Scanlon.

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.