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The major in Philosophy is intended to provide undergraduates with broad background in main areas of the discipline, including the history of philosophy, moral and political philosophy, and the cluster of areas addressing knowledge, language, mind, and reality, as well as formal or symbolic logic.

Majors take at least two 400-level courses, thus giving them some experience with philosophy at an advanced level. Honors majors also write a thesis during the senior year. The curriculum is carefully structured, through a series of intermediate-level bridge courses, to facilitate students' transitions from introductory to advanced study in philosophy. At the same time, students have considerable flexibility to design their own programs.

Majors must take at least 25 credits of Philosophy (at least 28 credits for Honors Majors), of which 16 must be in residence, including requirement 5b. No course will count toward the major unless the student receives a grade of C- or better. See below for the pre-requisites and distribution requirements.

Advisors help students choose a suitable program of study and declare a major. It is very important that you meet often with your advisor to keep you on track in fulfilling program requirements.