Philosophy Major

The study of philosophy directly involves the student in the process of sharpening critical and analytical abilities. Philosophy courses examine some of the greatest perennial questions of values, knowledge, reality, and their relation to human nature.

Training in philosophy is excellent preparation for any career choice, and many students combine a philosophy major or minor with work in another discipline. In addition, philosophy has been a traditional academic major for students interested in law school.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in philosophy.

Required courses:

PHL 140 Encountering World Philosophies
PHL 210 Ethics
PHL 270 Seminar in the History of Philosophy
PHL 280 Logic
*PHL 285 Independent Reading Forum
PHL 401 Senior Presentation
PHL 450 Undergraduate Research Symposium I
PHL 451 Undergraduate Research Symposium II

Two of the following courses:
PHL 301 Key Authors
PHL 310 Themes in Philosophy
PHL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Philosophy

Three additional credit hours chosen in consultation with the advisor and approved by the department chair.  The additional course may include one semester of the student's FYE sequence, a PHL elective or a transdisciplinary designated course.

*Course must be taken at least 2 times in two different semesters.

Additional courses required for major with transdisciplinary designation:

Two transdisciplinary courses outside the major.