Philosophy


This program applies to students who enroll at Gettysburg in fall 2017 and after (other students see below).

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:
    • Two courses in the history of “Western” philosophy: PHIL 205, 206, 207, 208); and
    • One course featuring figures from other traditions or areas (PHIL 240, 215, or other designated courses)
  • Logic (PHIL 211)
  • 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 PHILSOPHY 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: (PHIL 230 or 222)
  • At least one PHIL course at the 300-level
  • Two additional PHIL electives above the 100-level.

The following program applies to all students who enrolled at Gettysburg prior to fall 2017.

 Major

Students must begin by enrolling in any 100-level philosophy course or in a First-Year Seminar taught by a member of the Philosophy faculty.  Those courses require no prior experience, but completion of one of them is required for enrollment in a 200- or 300-level philosophy course. (The rare exceptions are noted in the course descriptions.)

A philosophy major consists of a minimum of nine courses in philosophy. No more than two 100-level courses may be counted toward the major. For the major, students must complete:

  1. a 100-level course or FYS taught by a philosophy instructor;
  2. at least two courses from our history of philosophy sequence: PHIL 205, 206, 207, and 208;
  3. Philosophy 211: Logic;
  4. one or more advanced 300-level courses; and
  5. PHIL 400:  Senior Seminar.   (PHIL 466: Senior Thesis is also recommended for all majors and is taken as an individualized study in either the fall or spring term. Students work closely with faculty on a subject of their choice.)

 

Minor

A philosophy minor consists of six philosophy courses in the department, including at least one 100-level course but not more than two.