William & Mary

Majoring in Philosophy

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 major must fulfill the requirements that appear in the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

To declare a major in Philosophy, take the Major Declaration form to the faculty member in the Department whom you would like to choose as your advisor. That professor can help you complete the course plan and will sign the form as your advisor when it is completed. The form should be submitted to the Registrar's Office. If you have questions about the Philosophy major, feel free to contact the Department Chair.