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Philosophy Major

The philosophy major is quite flexible and can be adapted to your needs and interests.  You can, for example, major in philosophy while pursuing a pre-med or pre-law curriculum.  It is also possible to combine your study of philosophy with the study of another discipline through a double major or by minoring in another field.  At the time you declare your major, you will have an initial advising meeting with the Department Chair and choose an advisor.  Your advisor will help you develop a course of study that focuses on the areas of philosophy that most interest you.  It is important to complete the logic and history of philosophy requirements as soon as possible, because these courses provide essential background and introduce you to the history, methods, and subfields of philosophy.  History of Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 201) is offered every fall semester, and History of Modern Philosophy (PHIL 202) is offered every spring semester.  The Seminar in Philosophy (PHIL 450) is the capstone of the major; typically, one seminar is offered each year, most often in the spring.  The topic of the Seminar varies; recent Seminars have been held on Moral Epistemology and Metaethics, Wittgenstein, Environmental Aesthetics, and Virtue Ethics.

Philosophy Minor

The minor in Philosophy requires 18 semester hours in Philosophy, which must include the following:

  • 3 credit hours at the 300-level or above;
  • 9 additional credit hours at the 200-level or above;
  • 6 credit hours at the 100-level or above;
  • One history of philosophy course (201, 202, 304, 305, 306, 307, or 310)     

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