Accelerated BA in Philosophy and MS in Public Policy

Major: Philosophy and Public Policy
Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.0

Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 44.0501

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3094

About the Program

Accelerated-degree programs provides the opportunity to earn both a BA degree and an MS degree (two diplomas are awarded) in the time normally required to finish a bachelor's degree alone. 

No undergraduate major prepares students for success in as wide a range of research areas and careers as philosophy. Drexel's Philosophy program is uniquely devoted to the idea that theory without practice is empty and practice without theory is blind. This makes our BA an especially valuable foundation for research and careers in Public Policy.

Admission Requirements

Students who meet the standard eligibility requirement for accelerated programs should consult with their advisor and work on an individual plan of study to submit with the Change of Curriculum form.

Degree Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements - PHIL-BA
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two Studies in Diversity Electives6.0
Two International Studies Electives6.0
Two Mathematics Electives6.0
Two Natural Science Electives6.0
Four Social and Behavioral Science Electives12.0
Select two of the following:6.0
History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval
History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism
History of Art III: Modern Art
Language Requirement
Any two (2) consecutive foreign language courses (completing level 201)8.0
Major Requirements - All Concentrations
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 211Metaphysics: Philosophy of Reality3.0
PHIL 212Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 214Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 215Contemporary Philosophy3.0
PHIL 221Epistemology: Philosophy of Knowledge3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 461 [WI] Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy3.0
Professional Ethics Elective
Select one of the following:3.0
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of Human Enhancement
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Criminal Justice Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option9.0
Thesis Option:
Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis Development
Senior Essay II: Argument Construction
Senior Essay III: Defense
Non-Thesis Option:
Seminar in a Philosophical School
Seminar in a Major Philosopher
Select one of the following:
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Electives51.0
Free Electives
Concentration Option *21.0
General Philosophy Concentration:
Symbolic Logic I
Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art
Seminar in a Philosophical School
Seminar in a Major Philosopher
Select one of the following:
Symbolic Logic II
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Ethics and Information Technology
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of Human Enhancement
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Criminal Justice Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Select two of the following:
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion

Public Policy Required Courses

REQUIRED COURSES
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
INFO 680US Government Information3.0
PLCY 503Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 504Methods of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 506Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process3.0
PLCY 507Nonprofit Organizations3.0
Choose one of the following statistics 2-course tracks6.0
Track One:
Data Analysis in Communication
and Business Statistics
OR Track Two:
Econometrics
and Statistics for Business Analytics
CASE STUDY COURSES
PLCY 510Introduction to Case Study Research (FTF)1.0
PLCY 511Case Study Literature Review (ONL)1.0
PLCY 512Case Study Document Review (ONL)1.0
PLCY 513Case Study Interviews (ONL)1.0
PLCY 515Case Study Colloquium (FTF)1.0
PLCY 516Case Study Research II ((ONL-3 times))3.0
PLCY 517Case Study Final Project1.0
ELECTIVE COURSES (Required and approved)9.0
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements - PHIL-BA
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two Studies in Diversity Electives6.0
Two International Studies Electives6.0
Two Mathematics Electives6.0
Two Natural Science Electives6.0
Four Social and Behavioral Science Electives12.0
Select two of the following:6.0
History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval
History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism
History of Art III: Modern Art
Language Requirement
Any two (2) consecutive foreign language courses (completing level 201)8.0
Major Requirements - All Concentrations
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 211Metaphysics: Philosophy of Reality3.0
PHIL 212Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 214Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 215Contemporary Philosophy3.0
PHIL 221Epistemology: Philosophy of Knowledge3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 461 [WI] Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy3.0
Professional Ethics Elective
Select one of the following:3.0
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of Human Enhancement
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Criminal Justice Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option9.0
Thesis Option:
Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis Development
Senior Essay II: Argument Construction
Senior Essay III: Defense
Non-Thesis Option:
Seminar in a Philosophical School
Seminar in a Major Philosopher
Select one of the following:
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Electives51.0
Free Electives
Concentration Option *21.0
General Philosophy Concentration:
Symbolic Logic I
Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art
Seminar in a Philosophical School
Seminar in a Major Philosopher
Select one of the following:
Symbolic Logic II
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Ethics and Information Technology
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of Human Enhancement
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Criminal Justice Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Select two of the following:
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion

Public Policy Required Courses

REQUIRED COURSES
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
INFO 680US Government Information3.0
PLCY 503Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 504Methods of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 506Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process3.0
PLCY 507Nonprofit Organizations3.0
Choose one of the following statistics 2-course tracks6.0
Track One:
Data Analysis in Communication
and Business Statistics
OR Track Two:
Econometrics
and Statistics for Business Analytics
CASE STUDY COURSES
PLCY 510Introduction to Case Study Research (FTF)1.0
PLCY 511Case Study Literature Review (ONL)1.0
PLCY 512Case Study Document Review (ONL)1.0
PLCY 513Case Study Interviews (ONL)1.0
PLCY 515Case Study Colloquium (FTF)1.0
PLCY 516Case Study Research II ((ONL-3 times))3.0
PLCY 517Case Study Final Project1.0
ELECTIVE COURSES (Required and approved)9.0
Total Credits45.0

Virtual Reality & Immersive Media Faculty

Paul Diefenbach, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Game development, real-time rendering.
Jeremy Fernsler, BA (Pennsylvania State University ) Program Director, Game Design & Production. Assistant Teaching Professor. Digital effects artist; compositor and animator for the feature film visual effects industry.
Nick Jushchyshyn, MFA (Academy of Art University) Program Director, Animation and Visual Effects, VR/Immersive Media. Associate Professor. Visual effects, digital media and animation.
Frank J. Lee, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University). Professor. Human-computer interaction; cognitive engineering and science; intelligent software agents for games and education.
Robert Lloyd, MFA (Tyler School of Art, Temple University) Program Director, Game Design & Production. Assistant Teaching Professor. Game development, themed entertainment and motion simulation.
David Mauriello, BA (Lafayette College). Assistant Professor. 3D modeling and animation.
Glen Muschio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Digital media, society, communication.
Stefan Rank, PhD (Vienna University of Technology). Assistant Professor. Artificial intelligence, game design and human-computer interaction.
Jervis Thompson, BS (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Digital media, interactive multimedia.
Michael Wagner, PhD (Vienna University of Technology) Department Head, Digital Media. Professor. Production management, educational use of video games.
Jichen Zhu, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Developing humanistic and interpretive framework of computational technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), and constructing AI-based cultural artifacts; interactive storytelling, games and software studies.
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