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Pre-Counseling Tracks

The pre-counseling tracks in philosophy and in religious studies are designed to provide core knowledge and basic skills to philosophy and religious studies majors who are considering graduate work in counseling, mental health and other service-based professions. Courses are designed to promote:

  • self-awareness
  • effective decision-making skills
  • development of positive character traits
  • core knowledge of historical philosophical ideas and religious and cultural practices
  • a deep understanding of rights and responsibilities in relationships across a wide range of contexts and settings

The major consists of 31 semester hours, including:

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (one course must include a lab)7
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Foreign Language Requirement 8
Major Requirements
PHIL 1560Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2619Introduction to Logic3
PHIL 2612Ancient & Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 3702History of Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 3711General Ethics3
PHIL 4820Seminar in Philosophy3
PHIL 4859Capstone Cooperative Seminar1
PHIL 4861Senior Capstone Project3
Pre-Counseling Track
General Education Requirements Prerequisites:
COUN 1587Introduction to Health and Wellness in Contemporary Society3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Required Electives:
PSYC 3702Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 3775Personality3
PSYC 4800Introduction to Psychotherapy3
COUN 2650Foundations of Helping Skills for Allied Health Professionals3
University Electives Must complete a minimum number of electives to meet the 120sh total graduation requirement14
Total Semester Hours120

This program can be completed in eight semesters if students enroll in 16 hours per semester and enroll in a combination of day and evening classes. The hours for the degree could increase depending upon the student's foreign language placement upon entering YSU.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
PHIL 1560 Introduction to Philosophy 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
Social Science 15XX/26XX 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
PHIL 2608 The Examined Life 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
COUN 1587 Introduction to Health and Wellness in Contemporary Society 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
PHIL 2619
Introduction to Logic
or Quantitative Reasoning
Natural Science 15XX/26XX 3
PHIL 2612 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy 3
Social and Personal Awareness 15XX/26XX 3
PSYC 3702 Abnormal Psychology 3
 Semester Hours15
PHIL 1561 Technology and Human Values 3
PHIL 1565
Critical Thinking
or Introduction to Logic
PHIL 3702 History of Modern Philosophy 3
Natural Science plus lab 15XX/26XX 4
PSYC 3775 Personality 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
PSYC 4800 Introduction to Psychotherapy 3
PHIL 3711 General Ethics 3
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
 Semester Hours15
COUN 2650 Foundations of Helping Skills for Allied Health Professionals 3
PHIL 3713 Philosophy of the Family 3
Elective 37XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
 Semester Hours12
Year 4
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
PHIL 4820 Seminar in Philosophy 3
Elective 37XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
 Semester Hours15
PHIL 4861 Senior Capstone Project 3
PHIL 4859 Capstone Cooperative Seminar 1
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
 Semester Hours16
 Total Semester Hours121

Learning Objectives


  •  The student will competently analyze and critically evaluate his/her own beliefs and the beliefs and traditions of others. 
  •  The student will master the basics of theoretical writing, including the development of precise definitions, effective analysis of texts, traditions, and theoretical positions, and effective development, defense, and critique of arguments.
  • The student will exhibit knowledge of religious traditions and rituals, as well as cultural practices, beliefs, and values that guide behavior, decision-making, and social policy, and will demonstrate understanding of this diversity and skill in using this knowledge as a reference for understanding others.
  •  The student will exhibit a detailed understanding of personal yet timeless questions about spirituality, life after death, ethics, personal relationships, and well-being, and will competently use this knowledge to help others address similar questions and concerns.