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Major and Minor

  • Major Requirements
  • Minor Requirements
Tab 1

The Philosophy Major

The Philosophy major requires 33 hours of coursework. Students may choose from one of four concentrations (or "tracks") in order to tailor the philosophy major to their own broader interests and professional aims. The concentrations are: General, Historical, Health Sciences, or Society and Law. Details about each of these tracks may be found below.

  • General Concentration
    • PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2050 Ethics (3)
    • PHIL 4080-4090 Logic;
    • Two Courses with the History of Philosophy attribute, such as:
      • PHIL 4400 History of Ancient Philosophy (3)
      • PHIL 4500 History of Medieval Philosophy (3)
      • PHIL 4550 Topics in Medieval Philosophy (3)
      • PHIL 4600 History of Modern Philosophy (3)
    • Five Electives (two of which must be a 4000-level course or higher) (15)
    • PHIL 4880 Senior Inquiry

    N.b. A single course cannot be used to fill more than one requirement; cross-listed courses will count only as filling an elective requirement.

  • Historical Concentration
    • PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2050 Ethics (3)
    • One course in any of the following theoretical areas of philosophy (3)
      • PHIL 3200 Philosophy of Being;
      • PHIL 3250 Philosophy of Religion;
      • PHIL 3300 Philosophy of the Human Person;
      • PHIL 3350 Philosophy & the Good Life;
      • PHIL 4070 Reasoning: Probability & Uncertainty;
      • PHIL 4080-4090 Logic;
      • PHIL 4100-4120 Epistemology;
      • PHIL 4150-4180 Philosophy of Science;
      • PHIL 4200-4210 Metaphysics;
      • PHIL 4220; Philosophy of Language;
      • PHIL 4260-4280 Philosophy of Mind;
      • PHIL 4300-4340 Ethics;
      • PHIL 4350-4360 Social & Political Philosophy;
      • PHIL 4740 Philosophy of Karl Marx;
      • PHIL 4850 Philosophical Anthropology;
      • PHIL 4860 Topics in Philosophy of Religion
    • PHIL 4040 Symbolic Logic (3)
    • PHIL 4400 History of Ancient (3)
    • PHIL 4500 History of Medieval (3)
    • PHIL 4600 History of Modern (3)
    • One course in Contemporary Philosophy (= a 4000-level course whose content focuses on philosophy since Hegel) (3)
    • Two Electives (one of which must be a 4000-level course) (6)
    • Senior Inquiry (0-3)
      • PHIL 4880 Senior Inquiry; or
      • PHIL 4890 Comprehensive Examination

    N.b. A single course cannot be used to fill more than one requirement; cross-listed courses will count only as filling an elective requirement.

  • Health Sciences Concentration
    • PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2050 Ethics (3)
    • PHIL 4400 History of Ancient or PHIL 4500 History of Medieval (3)
    • PHIL 4600 History of Modern (3)
    • PHIL 4040 Symbolic Logic or PHIL 4060 Logic for Pre-professionals (3)
    • One course in any of the following theoretical areas of philosophy (3)
      • PHIL 3200 Philosophy of Being;
      • PHIL 3250 Philosophy of Religion;
      • PHIL 3300 Philosophy of the Human Person;
      • PHIL 3350 Philosophy & the Good Life;
      • PHIL 4070 Reasoning: Probability & Uncertainty;
      • PHIL 4080-4090 Logic;
      • PHIL 4100-4120 Epistemology;
      • PHIL 4150-4180 Philosophy of Science;
      • PHIL 4200-4210 Metaphysics;
      • PHIL 4220; Philosophy of Language;
      • PHIL 4260-4280 Philosophy of Mind;
      • PHIL 4300-4340 Ethics;
      • PHIL 4350-4360 Social & Political Philosophy;
      • PHIL 4740 Philosophy of Karl Marx;
      • PHIL 4850 Philosophical Anthropology;
    • Two of the following courses (6)
      • PHIL 3360 Medical Ethics;
      • PHIL 4150 Survey of the Philosophy of Science;
      • PHIL 4280 Biology and Mind
    • Two Electives (one of which must be a 4000 level course) (6)
    • Senior Inquiry (0-3)
      • PHIL 4880 Senior Inquiry; or
      • PHIL 4890 Comprehensive Examination

    N.b. A single course cannot be used to fill more than one requirement; cross-listed courses will count only as filling an elective requirement.

  • Society and Law Concentration
    • PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2050 Ethics (3)
    • PHIL 4400 History of Ancient or PHIL 4500 History of Medieval (3)
    • PHIL 4600 History of Modern (3)
    • PHIL 4040 Symbolic Logic or PHIL 4060 Logic for Pre-professionals (3)
    • One course in any of the following theoretical areas of philosophy (3)
      • PHIL 3200 Philosophy of Being;
      • PHIL 3250 Philosophy of Religion;
      • PHIL 3300 Philosophy of the Human Person;
      • PHIL 3350 Philosophy & the Good Life;
      • PHIL 4070 Reasoning: Probability & Uncertainty;
      • PHIL 4080-4090 Logic;
      • PHIL 4100-4120 Epistemology;
      • PHIL 4150-4180 Philosophy of Science;
      • PHIL 4200-4210 Metaphysics;
      • PHIL 4220; Philosophy of Language;
      • PHIL 4260-4280 Philosophy of Mind;
      • PHIL 4300-4340 Ethics;
      • PHIL 4350-4360 Social & Political Philosophy;
      • PHIL 4740 Philosophy of Karl Marx;
      • PHIL 4850 Philosophical Anthropology;
    • PHIL 3430 Philosophy of Law (3)
    • One of the following course in moral or social philosophy (3)
      • PHIL 3360 Medical Ethics;
      • PHIL 3380 Business Ethics;
      • PHIL 3400 Ethics and Engineering;
      • PHIL 4180 Philosophy of the Social Sciences;
      • PHIL 4310 Topics in Ethics
    • Two Electives (one of which must be a 4000 level course) (6)
    • Senior Inquiry (0-3)
      • PHIL 4880 Senior Inquiry; or
      • PHIL 4890 Comprehensive Examination

    N.b. A single course cannot be used to fill more than one requirement; cross-listed courses will count only as filling an elective requirement.

Tab 2

The Philosophy Minor requires a total of 18 credit hours. The breakdown of course requirements for the minor runs as follows:

  • PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credit hours)
  • PHIL 2050 Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • Four courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (12 credit hours)