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

A degree in public policy will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in which you can make a difference in the world. Drexel's program is devoted to the idea that theory without practice is empty and practice without reflection is blind. Philosophy provides an excellent foundation for the skills involved in diagnosing social needs and responding to them by formulating and evaluating public policy. Our undergraduate Philosophy program is focused on the intersection of theory and practice and the development of reasoning, writing and critical skills. These skills give the student a solid foundation for graduate-level research and ultimately for careers in government, business, education, and social-scientific research.

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

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Math Elective3.0
Diversity Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PHIL 212Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 111Symbolic Logic I3.0
Math Elective3.0
Language Elective4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 207Symbolic Logic II3.0
PHIL 214Modern Philosophy3.0
Language Elective4.0
Social Science Elective4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
PHIL 215Contemporary Philosophy3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
Natural Science Elective3.0
Professional Ethics Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PHIL 211Metaphysics: Philosophy of Reality3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
Natrual Science Elective3.0
Diversity Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 6
PHIL 231Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art3.0
Philosophy Elective (PHIL 341-391)3.0
Free Elective (UG)3.0
PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 481 [WI] Seminar in a Philosophical School3.0
International Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 485 [WI] Seminar in a Major Philosopher3.0
Philosophy Elective (PHIL 341-391)3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
PHIL 497 [WI] Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis Development3.0
Free Elective (UG)9.0
PLCY 504Methods of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 510Introduction to Case Study Research1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
PHIL 498 [WI] Senior Essay II: Argument Construction3.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
International Study Elective3.0
PLCY 503Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 511Case Study Literature Review1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
PHIL 221Epistemology: Philosophy of Knowledge3.0
PHIL 499 [WI] Senior Essay III: Defense3.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
PLCY 512Case Study Document Review1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
Free Electives (UG)6.0
STAT 601Business Statistics3.0
Public Policy Required Elective3.0
PLCY 513Case Study Interviews1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 12
PLCY 506Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process3.0
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
PLCY 515Case Study Colloquium1.0
Public Policy Required Elective3.0
Free Electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 13
INFO 680US Government Information3.0
STAT 610Statistics for Business Analytics3.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
Case Study Research (x3)3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 14
PLCY 507Nonprofit Organizations3.0
Public Policy Required Elective3.0
PLCY 517Case Study Final Project1.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 225.0
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