At Gettysburg College, we see philosophy as a part of the well-lived life and as a bridge to all intellectual pursuits. Philosophy is not about memorizing the views of past thinkers, but about confronting the challenges and opportunities of the real world in ways that lead to insight, wisdom, and engagement. Philosophy points to the world, looking at issues that confront our planet and seeking understanding from a wide variety of perspectives and approaches.
Our classes include Philosophy and Food, Gender and Identity, Technology and Contemporary Life, Philosophy of Place, and Ethics and Economic Life. We see philosophy as part of every endeavor, teaching interdisciplinary courses with members of many other departments and examining issues at the foundations of a wide range of intellectual and creative activities. Philosophy of Music, Reading Darwin, Einstein and the Big Questions, and Deliberative Democracy are but a few of our offerings that connect philosophy with physics, art, mathematics, law, film, psychology, literature, chemistry, economics, and many other pursuits.
Philosophy 101, 103, 105, 107, 108, 109, and 211 have no prerequisites. Any l00-level course is prerequisite for a 200- or 300-level course, though the instructor may grant permission to enroll on an individual basis to equivalently prepared students.
A philosophy major consists of nine courses in philosophy. No more than two 100-level courses may be counted toward the major. Students must take at least two courses chosen from Philosophy 205, 206, 207, and 208; Philosophy 211; one or more advanced 300-level courses; and Philosophy 400 Senior Seminar. Senior thesis is recommended for all majors and is a prerequisite for departmental honors. It may be taken as an individualized study in either the fall or spring term.
A philosophy minor consists of six philosophy courses in the department, no more than two of which may be 100-level courses.
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