Requirements before Fall 2014

  • Major and Minor in Philosophy

    Requirements for the Major:

    At least 9 credits

    • Philosophy 156: Logic and Styles of Argument
    • Philosophy 290: Ancient Greek Philosophy
    • Philosophy 291: Descartes to Kant
    • Philosophy 292: Hegel to Nietzsche
    • Philosophy 305: Comparative Philosophy: East and West
    • Philosophy 325: Major Ethical Theories
    • At least 2 additional courses
    • The Senior Studies Requirement can be met in 1 of the following ways:
      • Senior seminar
      • Independent research project
      • Senior thesis

    Beyond the core courses, students may develop a particular focus in some aspect of philosophy, such as metaphysics, values issues, or Asian thought, which can then provide a foundation for the senior project. Students who would like to focus more exclusively on a particular aspect of philosophy may (in consultation with their advisor) propose to substitute a different course for one of the core requirements. Proposals will be reviewed by the Department Chair.

    Requirements for the Minor:

    At least 6 credits

    • no more than 2 courses at the 100-level 
    • at least 2 courses at the 300-level

    Students considering a minor in Philosophy are encouraged to speak to a member of the Department, to plan their programs.

    Additional Notes:

    • Philosophy is a valuable major for students interested in law school, not simply because issues about the law often emerge in philosophical discussion, but because the analytic, reading, and writing skills developed through the study of Philosophy are essential for success in law careers. Students interested in law school should take Phil 156 no later than their junior year.
    • Students interested in graduate school in Philosophy should take the traditional core plus a number of advanced courses that will provide background in the traditions and approaches they seek to study. 
    • For students interested in Continental philosophy, Phil 320 or some independent work in 20th century Continental approaches is essential. 
    • For students interested in analytic programs (the majority of graduate programs in the United States), coverage of 20th century analytic philosophy, e.g. through  Phil 294, is needed.  Further, some advanced work in logic (instead of or in addition to Phil 156) would be appropriate.