Major & Minor

Students should begin by enrolling in a 100-level Philosophy course or a First-Year Seminar taught by a Philosophy faculty member. Completion of one such course is normally required for enrollment in any Philosophy course at the 200-level or above (rare exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

THE PHILOSOPHY MAJOR consists of a minimum of ten (10) courses, including:

  • A 100-level PHIL course or FYS taught by a philosophy instructor (taken first as prerequisite to 200- and 300-level courses.)
  • Three courses from our “texts in context” series including:
    • One course in the history of traditions commonly taught in the US: PHIL 205, 206, 207, 208), or other designated courses; and
    • One course in the history of traditions less commonly taught in the US: PHIL 240, 215, 216, or other designated courses; and
    • One additional course from either category
    • A 300-level course that satisfies the “texts in context” requirement cannot also be used to fulfill the 300-level major requirement
  • Logic (PHIL 211) or Philosophical Methods (PHIL 212)
  • Ethics or Justice (PHIL 230 or 222)
  • At least two PHIL courses at the 300-level or above; plus
  • Senior Seminar (PHIL 400)
  • An additional elective (No more than two 100-level courses may be counted toward the major.)

(Note: PHIL 466:  Senior Thesis is recommended but not required and is taken as an Individualized Study in either the fall or spring term.  Students work closely with the entire Philosophy faculty on a subject of their choice.)

THE MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY consists of a minimum of six (6) courses, structured as follows:

  • A 100-level PHIL course or FYS taught by a philosophy instructor
  • At least one course from our “texts in contexts” listings (205, 206, 207, 208, 215, 240 or other specially designated courses).
  • Ethics or Justice: (PHIL 230 or 222)
  • At least one PHIL course at the 300-level
  • Two additional PHIL electives above the 100-level.