Philosophy/JD Degree Accelerated, BA

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/Juris Doctor Degree Accelerated (360009BA) 

More on the Philosophy Accelerated major

This is an accelerated 3+3 BA/JD program that will allow eligible students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate degree in six years (180 total credits). Admission as a freshman requires a high school GPA of 3.4 and an ACT of 25 or SAT of 1220. Maintaining eligibility to move on to the JD phase requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 by the mid-point of the junior year and taking the LSAT no later than the first semester of the junior year and achieving a score of at least 150. 

Program Contact
Dr. Christopher Buford
Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Philosophy

The following information has official approval of The Department of Philosophy, The School of Law and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.



General Education Requirements34
College of Arts & Sciences Requirements14
Philosophy Courses21
Philosophy Electives9
First Year Law Courses29
Total Hours120

Note: A GPA of 3.4 overall is needed to complete the degree and 92 credit hours, including all general education and philosophy requirements, must be completed by the conclusion of the junior year.

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours34

College of Arts & Sciences Requirements

Degree requirements in Arts & Sciences include the demonstration of ability to use another language by completion of the second year of a foreign language.
Foreign Language14
101 Beginning I
102 Beginning II
201 Intermediate I
202 Intermediate II
Survey of Deaf Culture in America (American Sign Language option only)
Students must also complete a minimum of 40 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops

Philosophy Courses

PHIL:101Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL:120Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL:170Introduction to Logic3
PHIL:211History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL:312History of Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL:313History of Modern Philosophy3
PHIL:327Law and Morality3
or PHIL:329 Philosophy of International Law
or PHIL:421 Philosophy of Law
Total Hours21

Philosophy Electives

Select nine credits, three of which must be at the 300 level:
Total Hours9


Complete 13 credits:13
Total Hours13

First Year Law Courses

LAWX:601Civil Procedure - Federal Jurisdiction3
LAWX:602Civil Procedure - Federal Litigation3
LAWX:607Criminal Law3
LAWX:619Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing I (LARW I)3
LAWX:620Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II (LARW II)3
LAWX:676Legislation and Regulation2
Total Hours29