Major Requirements

Seventy-two credits in philosophy, including:

1. Core Courses (24 credits)

  • PHIL 210 Logic
  • PHIL 213 Ethics
  • PHIL 270 Ancient Greek Philosophy or
  • PHIL 272 Early Modern Philosophy

2. Theoretical Philosophy Area Requirement (6 credits) Theoretical philosophy courses include, but are not limited to, courses that predominantly cover themes from metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of science, logic, or the philosophy of mind.

One course at or above 200-level in theoretical philosophy (6 credits)

  • MUSC 310 The Philosophy of Music (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 211 Being, Time and Identity
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 215 Alienation, Authenticity, and Irony: Selfhood in the Modern World (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 216 Nietzsche and Foucault: History, Truth, and Power (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 217 Reason in Context: Limitations and Possibilities
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 226 Love and Friendship (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 230 Philosophy of Gender (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 235 Analytic Philosophy's Greatest Hits (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 236 Philosophy of Mathematics: Methodology and Practice
  • PHIL 243 Animal Ethics: The Moral Status of Animals (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 246 Probability: The Very Guide of Life? (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 251 Philosophy of Science (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 274 Existentialism
  • PHIL 288 A Survey of Historical Ideas of Race
  • PHIL 301 Irrationality (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 303 Bias, Belief, Community, Emotion (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 372 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

3. Practical Philosophy/Value Theory Area Requirement (6 credits). Practical Philosophy/Value Theory courses include, but are not limited to, courses that predominantly cover themes from ethics, political philosophy, social philosophy, or aesthetics.

One course at or above 200-level in practical philosophy/value theory (6 credits)

  • PHIL 214 Ecology, Ethics, and Economics
  • PHIL 221 Philosophy of Law (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 222 Topics in Medical Ethics (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 226 Love and Friendship (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 230 Philosophy of Gender (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 231 Punishment and Imprisonment (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 232 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 243 Animal Ethics: The Moral Status of Animals (not offered in 2018-19)

4. Advanced Courses and Integrative Exercise (24 credits)

  • PHIL Advanced Courses (12 credits in Philosophy at the 300-level, excluding PHIL 399)
  • PHIL 398 Comps Proposal (3 credits)
  • PHIL 399 Senior Thesis (6 credits)
  • PHIL 400 Integrative Exercise (3 credits)

Courses cannot be double counted to meet more than one of the above requirements. That is, if a student takes a 395 Advanced Seminar in the philosophy of mind, it cannot count as both a theoretical philosophy distribution requirement (#2 above) and an advanced seminar.

No more than six credits at the 100-level counts toward the major.

Depending on each student's individual educational goals, up to one course from another department can count toward the major. This is done in consultation with the chair of Philosophy.