NEW MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
effective Fall 2010

Starting Fall 2010, the Department has new requirements for philosophy majors.

Students entering UMass Fall 2010 or later are required to satisfy the new requirements.

Students entering UMass before Fall 2010 may elect to satisfy the new requirements, or the old requirements, as they wish.

ADDENDUM

Students majoring in Philosophy are required to complete a minimum of 10 courses offered by the Department, including at least seven upper-division courses (300 or above). They must also take courses in the following areas.

A. one course in Logic

Examples:
110 Introduction to Logic
310 Intermediate Logic

B. one course in Value Theory

Examples:
160 Introduction to Ethics
161 Problems in Social Thought
164 Medical Ethics
343 Philosophy of Art
370 Social-Political Philosophy
371 Philosophical Perspectives on Gender

C. one course in History of Philosophy (A) - Ancient and Medieval

Examples:
320 History of Ancient Philosophy
328 Plato and Aristotle
329 Medieval Philosophy

D. one course in History of Philosophy (B) - 17th and 18th Century

Examples:
321 History of Modern Philosophy
330 Continental Rationalism
331 British Empiricism

E. two courses in Metaphysics and Epistemology (broadly construed)

Examples:
335 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
341 Metaphysics
342 Epistemology
346 Philosophy of Language
353 Philosophy of Science
355 Philosophy of Mind
383 Philosophy of Religion

Consult the undergraduate course webpage for specific courses, and what fields they satisfy, each semester.

Students majoring in Philosophy are required to complete a minimum of 10 courses offered by the Department, including at least seven upper-division courses (300 or above). They must also take courses in the following areas.

A. one course in Logic

Examples:
110 Introduction to Logic
310 Intermediate Logic

B. one course in Ethics

Examples:
160 Introduction to Ethics
164 Medical Ethics

C. four courses in History of Philosophy

Examples:
320 History of Ancient Philosophy
321 History of Modern Philosophy
328 Plato and Aristotle
329 Medieval Philosophy
330 Continental Rationalism
331 British Empiricism
332 Kant and 19th Century Philosophy
334 American Philosophy
335 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
336 Existential Philosophy