A student whose aim is to use a major in philosophy as a basis for a liberal education may take the minimum major requirement of 30 hours in the department. Those who wish to prepare for graduate study in philosophy or in a related discipline will normally take more than this required minimum. A program for each major will be developed through consultation with a member of the philosophy faculty acting as a major advisor. Each program of major must fulfill the following requirements (these requirements also appear in the Undergraduate Course Catalog):
Required Minimum Credit Hours
30 minimum credit hours are required (Those who wish to prepare for graduate study in philosophy or in a related discipline will normally take more than this required minimum).
Major Computing Requirement
In order to fulfill the major computing requirement, students must take two 400-level seminar courses with a grade of C- or better, and each student must produce at least one paper for each of these courses by word processor and certify that the paper was produced by the student in that manner.
Major Writing Requirement
The major writing requirement is fulfilled by the successful completion of two 400 level courses, with a grade of C- or better.
A program for each major will be developed through consultation with a member of the philosophy faculty acting as a major advisor. Each program major must fulfill the following requirements:
- At least two courses in the history of philosophy, one selected from 231 (Greek), or 232 (Medieval), and another selected from either 252 (17th and 18th Century) or 253 (Kant and his Successors);
- At least one course in Value Theory, selected from 215 (Contemporary Moral Issues), 303 (Ethics), 304 (Aesthetics & Art), 305 (Social & Political), 310 (Law) or 403 (Advanced Ethics & Social);
- At least one course in Metaphysics & Epistemology, selected from 335 (Language), 345 (Mind), 350 (Knowledge), 375 (Metaphysics), or 415 (Advanced Metaphysics & Epistemology);
- At least one course with interdisciplinary application, selected from 304 (Aesthetics & Art), 305 (Social & Political), 310 (Law), 311 (Religion), 313 (Science), 320 (Feminism), or 345 (Mind);
- A logic course, either 210 (Critical Thinking) or 301(Symbolic Logic). 301 is especially recommended for those students who contemplate graduate study in philosophy
- At least two 400-level seminars (exclusive of 441, 442, 495 and 496).
Note: The same course cannot be used to satisfy more than one of the Core requirements. Majors are strongly encouraged to complete requirements 1, 2 and 3 before the end of the junior year.