Major Courses | Minor Courses
The philosophy curriculum is designed as a pre-law, pre-professional major in the humanities. The curriculum not only provides majors with a rigorous overview of the great ideas in the history of philosophy, but also provides majors with the reasoning and writing skills necessary for entry into law and public policy.
Major Requirements: 32 credits
The philosophy major requires 10 courses in philosophy.
PH 099 (2 credits)
Six courses (18 credits) are required in five separate areas, and no single course can fulfill more than one requirement:
- Two courses focusing on critical or analytical skills:
e.g. PH 105 and PH 349
- One course in Logic:
e.g. PH 204
- One course in the history of philosophy:
e.g. Ancient Philosophy or PH 301
- One upper level division course focusing on a particular style of philosophy or a single school of thought:
e.g. PH 212, PH 306 or PH 308
- One upper level division course focusing on a particular topic or issue in philosophy:
e.g. PH 207, PH 210, PH 211, PH 355
Four courses (12 credits) will be electives:
- An elective, however, may be fulfilled in disciplines other than philosophy if the courses are accepted by the philosophy advisor. For example, as electives, courses in ethics, gender theory, law, or social theory not offered by the philosophy program are acceptable alternatives to PH designated courses. Foreign language courses would also be accepted.
The student taking philosophy as their sole major is required to take two support courses: e.g. EO 103, MAT 110, or MAT 130.
All philosophy majors are encouraged to fulfill their three-course liberal arts sequence in either mathematics or English.
The student taking philosophy as the sole major is required to write a final 25-page senior thesis which is graded Pass/Fail. The thesis is usually an extended revision of a paper previously written for a philosophy class.
A minor in philosophy requires a minimum of 15 credits in philosophy courses selected in consultation with the philosophy faculty.
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