Majors & Minors

The requirements for the major in philosophy embody two goals. The first is that the student engages with the ideas of the major philosophers through close study of primary sources. The second is that the student develops and hones techniques of critical analysis and argument construction. In fulfilling the requirements, the philosophy major gains a thorough grounding in the key areas of the discipline and develops critical and creative philosophical skills.

Requirements for the Philosophy Major

Logic: one course (103) Metaphysics and Epistemology: two courses (among 217, 230, 210/310, 225/325)
Ethics: one course at the 200-level or above (among 212, 304, 318)
History of Philosophy: two courses (among 206/306, 208/308, 209/309)
The minimum number of courses for the major is nine.
At least two courses must be taken at the 300-level.
Depending on topic, 280 and 380 may count toward a specific requirement within the major.
Students may count Political Science 207 toward the major in philosophy.

Requirements for the Philosophy Minor

Metaphysics and Epistemology: one course (among 217, 230, 210/310, 225/325)
Ethics: one course (among 212, 304, 318)
History of Philosophy: one course (among 206/306, 208/308, 209/309)
The minimum number of courses for the minor is five.
At least one course must be taken at the 300-level.
Depending on topic, 280 and 380 may count toward a specific requirement within the minor.
Students may count Political Science 207 toward the minor in philosophy.