Majoring in Philosophy
How to Declare
Students who wish to declare Philosophy as a major are invited to:
- Review the academic requirements for the major (below).
- Schedule an appointment or attend office hours with one of our academic advisors. Undergraduate Advisors
- Complete a Declaration of Philosophy Major Form and bring it with you when you meet with one of our academic advisors.
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.
One course in Logic, e.g.
- 110 Introduction to Logic
- 310 Intermediate Logic
One course in Value Theory, e.g.
- 160 Introduction to Ethics
- 163 Business Ethics
- 164 Medical Ethics
- 170 Problems in Social Thought
- 343 Philosophy of Art
- 360 Intermediate Ethics
- 370 Social-Political Philosophy
- 371 Philosophical Perspectives on Gender
One course in History of Philosophy (A): Ancient and Medieval; e.g.
- 320 History of Ancient Philosophy
- 328 Plato and Aristotle
- 329 Medieval Philosophy
One course in History of Philosophy (B); 17th and 18th Century; e.g.
- 321 History of Modern Philosophy
- 330 Continental Rationalism
- 331 British Empiricism
Two courses in Metaphysics and Epistemology (broadly construed); e.g.
- 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.