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Philosophy (B.A.) & Humanities (M.A.)

This linked degree program makes it possible for exceptional philosophy majors to take up to 12 hours of graduate courses while completing their undergraduate degree and to gain a head start on a graduate degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy is designed to give students a solid grounding in the historical development of philosophy, and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. The Master of Arts in humanities promotes interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on critical theory and cultural studies.

Philosophy (B.A.) & Humanities (M.A.)


Description


What is Philosophy & Humanities at ODU like?

This linked degree program makes it possible for exceptional philosophy majors to take up to 12 hours of graduate courses while completing their undergraduate degree and to gain a head start on a graduate degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy is designed to give students a solid grounding in the historical development of philosophy, and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. The Master of Arts in humanities promotes interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on critical theory and cultural studies.

Program Highlights


What makes Philosophy & Humanities at ODU unique?

  • Up to 12 graduate credits may be counted toward both the undergraduate and the graduate degree

  • Three philosophy concentration options available: General, Political and Legal Studies, and Religious Studies

  • Individualized support in customizing degree plans and application to Ph.D. programs

  • Passionate faculty invest in the success of every student and seek to support a diverse, and inclusive community of philosophical thinkers

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Clergy

$50,800

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Lawyers

$141,890

MEDIAN SALARY


Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

$78,790

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Editors

$68,230

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Philosophy & Humanities at ODU?

PHIL 591:
STEBBING:ANALYSIS,LOGICand MEDIA


Intensive examination of the thought of one major philosopher.

HUM 604:
Debates in the Digital Humanities


This class will emphasize the ways in which the digital humanities intersects with critical theory and cultural studies approaches to studying digital media. Students will gain an understanding of the emerging role of the digital humanities across several academic disciplines. The course employs an experimental immersive learning component. Prerequisites: HUM 601 and departmental approval.

HUM 603:
Preparing Humanities Teachers and Scholars Pro-seminar


The purposes of the pro-seminar are A)to help prepare Humanities graduate students to teach discipline-specific college-level introductory courses from an interdisciplinary perspective, and B)to provide Humanities students with opportunities to engage scholars who are producing new work across a range of disciplines, in turn learning to present their own research in public.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Philosophy & Humanities at ODU?

Students entering the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Art Program program in Philosophy & Humanities should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • To be admitted to the linked B.A.-M.A. program, students must declare a major in Philosophy and Religious Studies and complete a minimum of at least 60 undergraduate credit hours, including at least six hours of 300/400 level courses in the major. 

  • At the time of admission to the linked program, students must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or better.

  • Students must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 discrete credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete credit hours for the graduate degree).

Cost

Tuition and Fees

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.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Location:

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Office:

757-683-3864


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

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Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

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International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

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.

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