Majoring in philosophy offers students an opportunity for self-exploration, while also providing the necessary foundations for applying philosophy in real-world situations. A primary goal of the philosophy curriculum is the development of general habits of critical thought and analysis.
The program leads to a BA degree, with the completion of the general education requirements as well as those requirements for the major.
The philosophy major involves the study of three major periods: ancient, modern and 20th-century philosophy. Classes are discussion-oriented as students are required to read selected texts from a group of major philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, Marx, and Foucault. The curriculum also includes extensive coursework in ethical theory and applied ethics, such as bioethics and business ethics. Additionally, students will be introduced to coursework that inquires into the nature of being and knowledge, as well as coursework that approaches major theoretical concepts from feminist perspectives.
Required Course Offering Patterns
The major requires 12 courses in philosophy (see the PDF for details, below). Of those 12 courses, 4 are specifically required: Ancient (3002), Modern (3022), Kant (4760), and Logic (2441 or 3440). They are offered according to the following regular schedule:
Typically offered EVERY semester:
- LOGIC, LANGUAGE AND SCIENTIFIC REASONING (PHIL 2441)
Typically offered only in FALL Semesters
- ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY (PHIL 3002)
- KANT (PHIL 4760)
Typically offered only in SPRING Semesters:
- MODERN PHILOSOPHY (PHIL 3022)
Offered at least every 3rd Semester:
- SYMBOLIC LOGIC (PHIL 3440)
Full Details about the philosophy major:
Click the link below to view the Philosophy Major requirements:
A specific list of courses which will typically count for the major's distribution requirements are listed here: