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Academics

Majoring in Philosophy

How to Declare 

Students who wish to declare Philosophy as a major are invited to:

 

 

Requirements

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.