Philosophy Major Requirements

2015 - 2016 Catalog

Philosophy major leading to BA degree

A major in philosophy leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 11 three- or four-credit courses in philosophy, as follows:

1. Ten courses in philosophy (not including Senior Capstone courses). These 10 courses must include at least 7 courses numbered 200 or above, one course in continental philosophy, and including the following:

a. PHIL 170

b. Two courses from each of the following three groups:

History of philosophy or major figures: PHIL 100, 110, 120, 130, 135, 214 (REL 214), 215, 221 (CLAS 221), 222, 230, 232, 235, 238, 239, 310, 315, 320, 322, and, when the topics are appropriate, 180, 195, 295, 296, 395, and 403

Ethics and value theory: PHIL 100, 140, 145, 150, 240, 241 (POV 241), 242, 244, 246, 248, 250, 252, 254, 256, 262, 264, 266, 335 (BUS 335) 340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 354, 357, 360, and, when the topics are appropriate, 180, 195, 295, 296, 395, and 403

Metaphysics and epistemology: PHIL 100, 212 (REL 212), 270, 272, 274, 278, 280, 282, 285, 288. 327, 372, 375, 378, 380, 382, 385, and, when the topics are appropriate, 180, 195, 295, 296, 395, and 403

c. Three additional courses in philosophy

d. Continental philosophy: One of the following, which may also satisfy b. or c. above: PHIL 215, 230, 232, 238, 239, 285, 315, 322, 357, and, when the topics are appropriate, 180, 195, 212, 295, 296, 395, 399, and 403

2. Senior Capstone: PHIL 399 or PHIL 473 or PHIL 493 (3-3)

Majors who are not pursuing Honors must take the PHIL 399: Seminar on Living Philosopher in their junior or senior year. Under exceptional circumstances, the department head may approve substituting PHIL 473: Senior Thesis for this seminar in the senior year.

Majors who are pursuing Honors must complete PHIL 493: Honors Thesis. Majors prepare their Honors Theses in the Fall and Winter terms of their senior year, and must present their theses for evaluation in the Winter Term of their senior year. Majors who are pursuing Honors may also chose to take PHIL 399 in place of one of their 10 courses in philosophy.

  1. Ten courses in philosophy (not including Senior Capstone courses).
  2.  The 10 courses must include at least 7 courses numbered 200 or above, one course in continental philosophy, and including the following:

  3. Senior Capstone:
  4. Majors who are not pursuing Honors must take the PHIL 399: Seminar on Living Philosopher in their junior or senior year. Under exceptional circumstances, the department head may approve substituting PHIL 473: Senior Thesis for this seminar in the senior year.

    Majors who are pursuing Honors must complete PHIL 493: Honors Thesis. Majors prepare their Honors Theses in the Fall and Winter terms of their senior year, and must present their theses for evaluation in the Winter Term of their senior year. Majors who are pursuing Honors may also chose to take PHIL 399 in place of one of their 10 courses in philosophy.