Philosophy Major: Business, Innovation and Technology Option (B.A.)

Philosophy Major: Business, Innovation and Technology Option (B.A.)

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What is the business, innovation and technology option in philosophy? 

This philosophy of business, innovation and technology option in the philosophy degree program is designed for students who are interested in specializing in the relationships between markets, technology and human well-being. You will choose courses in the philosophy of artificial intelligence, evolution, neuroscience, biotechnology, business ethics, economic policy, environmental ethics and other high impact subjects.  

Why study the philosophy of business, innovation and technology at UNH? 

Our internationally renowned professors emphasize discussion, debate and writing in their courses. Wrestling with big questions facing the future of humanity prepares students exceptionally well for highly successful careers in business, management and cutting-edge technology. 

Potential careers 

  • Business professional 
  • Ethicist  
  • Healthcare professional 
  • Lawyer 
  • Policy professional 
  • Politician 
  • Professor  
  • Teacher 
  • Technology professional 
  • Writer

Philosophy Department
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University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824

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Curriculum & Requirements

While completing the philosophy major, students may select the option in Philosophy of Business, Innovation and Technology. This option provides official recognition for those who choose to emphasize the study of the relationships between markets, technology and human well-being. Students will choose courses in the philosophy of artificial intelligence, evolution, neuroscience, biotechnology, business ethics, economic policy, environmental ethics and other high impact subjects. 

Students must fulfill the requirements of the philosophy major plus the requirements of the option. Majors must take a minimum of ten (10) philosophy courses, for a total of 40 credits. A single course can satisfy multiple requirements for the major. The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.00. Candidates for a degree must satisfy additional University requirements for graduation, such as:

  1. University "Writing Intensive" Requirements,
  2. Liberal Arts Foreign Language Requirement (B.A. candidates only),
  3. minimum number of credits (128 credits for B.A. degree), and
  4. University Discovery Requirements.

Consult with your adviser early and often to plan the optimal path for fulfilling major and University requirements. 

Core Requirements20
PHIL 412
Beginning Logic
PHIL 500
Workshop
PHIL 530
Ethics
PHIL 570
Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 580
Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant
Select one of the following additional courses in the history of philosophy:4
PHIL 525
Existentialism
PHIL 610
Topics in History of Philosophy
PHIL 620
20th Century European Philosophy
an approved seminar
Discovery Capstone Requirement 8
Select two 700-level seminars of the student's choice, at least one of these should be taken in the senior year 1
Electives8
Any two additional philosophy courses
Total Credits40

Business, Innovation, and Technology Option Requirements

This option requires four courses (for a total of 16 credits) from those listed below. Students may “double count” these courses toward the general requirements of the philosophy major, for example by counting these courses toward the ten total courses required for the major. 

Select four of the following courses:16
PHIL 421
Philosophy and the Arts
PHIL 424
Science, Technology, and Society
PHIL 430
Ethics and Society
PHIL 431
Business Ethics
PHIL 435
Human Nature and Evolution
PHIL 436
Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 440
Just Business: The Ethics of Markets and Money
PHIL 444
Remaking Nature/The Ethics and Politics of Genetic Engineering
PHIL 447
Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and People
PHIL 450
Environmental Ethics
PHIL 531
Topics in Professional and Business Ethics
PHIL 630
Neuroscience and Philosophy
PHIL 631
Topics in the Philosophy of Science
PHIL 660
Law, Medicine, and Ethics
an approved philosophy seminar

PHIL 495 Tutorial Reading and PHIL 795 Independent Study normally do not count toward fulfilling major requirement credits; exceptions may be granted by special permission.

Note that it is in the nature of 700-level seminars to presuppose by default that students have completed the main 400-level and 500-level core requirements (PHIL 412 Beginning Logic, PHIL 500 Workshop, PHIL 530 Ethics, PHIL 570 Ancient Philosophy, PHIL 580 Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant) and so free reference is made to materials, views, techniques, etc. covered in those lower-level core requirements.

Discovery Requirements

For students majoring in only philosophy: philosophy majors may "double count" any two courses toward the major and also to satisfy Discovery requirements. For example, a philosophy major can count (1) PHIL 412 Beginning Logic toward the major requirement as well as using this course to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Discovery Category and (2) they can also count PHIL 421 Philosophy and the Arts toward both the major and the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery Category. Because PHIL 412 Beginning Logic  and PHIL 570 Ancient Philosophy are required for the major and also satisfy Quantitative Reasoning and Humanities Categories, respectively, all majors could simply count these two courses toward their Discovery requirements. In various circumstances—for instance if a student already satisfied those Discovery requirements before becoming a philosophy major—one might prefer to count other philosophy courses toward different Discovery Categories, and they are free to do so.

For students double majoring with philosophy: The Department sets no limits on how many courses students may "double count" toward both the philosophy major and Discovery categories if philosophy is your second major. A double major with philosophy as the second major could in principle count any of the following courses toward the major while satisfying five Discovery Categories:

  1. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 412 Beginning Logic.
  2. Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 421 Philosophy and the Arts.
  3. Humanities (HUMA) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 401 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 410 Happiness, Well-Being , and a Good Life, PHIL 430 Ethics and Society, PHIL 436 Social and Political Philosophy, PHIL #437 Social and Political Philosophy, PHIL 440 Just Business: The Ethics of Markets and Money, PHIL 440A Honors/Who Are You? Personal Identity and Humanity, PHIL 440B Honors/Humanism and DehumanizationPHIL 444A Who Am I? Concepts of Self, PHIL 525 ExistentialismPHIL 531 Topics in Professional and Business Ethics, or PHIL 570 Ancient Philosophy.
  4. World Cultures (WC) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 440C Honors/The Copernican Lens: Finding a Place for Humanity or PHIL 520 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy.
  5. Environment, Technology, and Society (ETS) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 424 Science, Technology, and Society, PHIL 435 Human Nature and Evolution, PHIL 444 Remaking Nature/The Ethics and Politics of Genetic Engineering, PHIL 447 Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and People, or PHIL 450 Environmental Ethics.

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