The Philosophy Major

A major consists of a minimum of 27 credit hours of philosophy courses, at least 15 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. (Standard philosophy courses are 3 credit hours)

Since our major is extremely flexible, each philosophy major must meet with a departmental advisor at least once a semester to plan or review a program of study. These programs are designed in terms of the individual student's interests and future plans. Up to 12 credit hours of philosophy courses taken before the decision to major in philosophy may count toward a major. Additional hours may be counted with the advisor's consent.


Minor in Philosophy

A minor consists of 15 credit hours of philosophy courses, selected in consultation with a department advisor, that orient students to the philosophic aspects of their major fields.

Sample curricula 

Philosophy majors, in consultation with a faculty advisor, develop an individualized course of study. Here are two sample plans; many others are possible.

For a student who wants a broad education in the humanities:

(9 Courses for 27 credit hours)

  • Meaning of Philosophy 
  • Introductory Logic 
  • Moral Issues, Ethical Theory, or Contemporary Ethics
  • 2 courses in History of Philosophy (Ancient Greek, Early Modern, Late Modern, 19th Century) 
  • Science and the Modern World, Philosophy of Science, or Theory of Knowledge 
  • 3 Philosophy Electives (Survey of Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of the Arts, Philosophy of Feminism, etc.)

For Pre-Law students:

(9 Courses for 27 credit hours)

  • Introductory Logic 
  • Moral Issues, Ethical Theory, or Bioethics 
  • Political Philosophy or Philosophy of Feminism 
  • Philosophy of Law 
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy 
  • Early Modern Philosophy 
  • Science and the Modern World or Philosophy of Science 
  • 2 Philosophy Electives 

(Also: background courses in history, literature, economics, and political thought.)

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