Majoring in Philosophy

What attracts students to philosophy is the intrinsic interest of its subject matter. But the study of philosophy has practical benefits as well. Philosophy majors are practiced in the close reading of complex texts, in the careful analysis and evaluation of arguments, in original and creative thinking, and in the clear, precise, and persuasive communication of ideas.

The skills thus acquired are not only a source of deep personal satisfaction, but a strong asset in any profession. That the study of philosophy is highly effective in enhancing academic skills is evidenced by the fact that philosophy majors receive exceptionally high scores on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and other standardized admissions tests.

Required Courses (30 credits)

Choose one of the following basic surveys of philosophy courses (3 credits)

  • PHIL-P 110: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL-S 110: Introduction to Philosophy- Honors

Choose one of the following basic courses in ethics (3 credits)

  • PHIL-P 120: Ethics
  • PHIL-S 120: Ethics – Honors

Choose one of the following basic courses in logic (3 credits)

  • PHIL-P 162: Logic
  • PHIL-P 265: Introduction to Symbolic Logic

A minimum of 15 credit hours at the 300-400 level Philosophy courses.

Electives

Additional Electives to reach the minimum of 30 credits required for the major may be taken from this list (3 credits each):

  • PHIL-P 208: Causality and Evidence
  • PHIL-P 237: Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL-P 280: Philosophical Problems (may be repeated for credit when topics vary)

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Recommended Curriculum

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Freshman Year

  • ENG-W 131: Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I (3 credit)
  • PHIL-P 110: Introduction to Philosophy (3 credit)
  • SLA-S 100: Liberal Arts First Year Success Seminar (1 credit)
  • COMM-R 110: Fundamental of Speech Communication
  • PHIL-P 120: Ethics (3 credit)

Sophomore Year

  • PHIL-P 162: Logic (3 credit)
  • SLA-S 200: Career Preparation for the Liberal Arts Student (1 credit)
  • PHIL-P 208: Causality and Evidence (3 credit)
    Or
  • PHIL-P 265: Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 credit)

Junior Year

  • Philosophy Elective 300/400 Level
  • Liberal Arts 300/400 Level Elective

Senior Year

  • Philosophy Elective 300/400 Level
  • Liberal Arts 300/400 Level Elective
  • Apply to Graduate

Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of classes, you will be taking to finish your degree to completion.