Major Requirements

69 credits in philosophy, including: 

1) Each of the following core courses (24 credits)

  • Logic
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Modern philosophy
  • Ethics

2) Theoretical Philosophy Area Requirement: 6 credits at or above the 200 level. 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.

3) Practical Philosophy/Value Theory Area Requirement: 6 credits at or above the 200 level. Practical Philosophy/Value Theory courses include, but are not limited to, courses that predominantly cover themes from ethics, political philosophy, social philosophy, or aesthetics.

4) Advanced courses and comps (21 credits)

  • Two 300-level Advanced Seminars (12 credits)
  • 399 Senior Thesis (6 credits)
  • 400 Integrative Exercise/Comps (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 both as a theoretical philosophy distribution requirement (2 above) and as an advanced seminar (4 above).

No more than one 100-level course will count toward the major.

Depending on each student's individual educational goals, up to one course from another department can count toward the philosophy major after consultation with, and at the discretion of, the chair of the Philosophy department.