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Philosophy Major

Effective Fall 2019

Advising

Prospective majors, especially students contemplating graduate work in philosophy, should consult a department advisor as early as possible in order to work out an appropriate, unified program. Appointments are scheduled through the on-line scheduling system available on the department's web page: www.lsa.umich.edu/philosophy/undergraduate/advisorappointments.

Grade Policies

No course will count toward the major unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.  This includes all courses including prerequisites, required courses, and electives. 

Prerequisites

Any 100- or 200-level course other than PHIL 180, 183 (if elected after FA20), 201, 296 (logic courses) and PHIL 288, 289. None of these courses counts toward the requirements for the major.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 25

Majors must take at least 25 credits of Philosophy.

In fulfilling the credit requirement students must also satisfy the following distribution requirements:

  1. Formal Methods: PHIL 296, 303, 305, 413, or 414
  2. History of Philosophy: One course from among:
    • PHIL 288 (W18), 289 (W18), 388, or 389;
    • and one additional course from among: PHIL 288 (W18), 289 (W18), 323 (W18), 371, 385 (W18), 386 (W18), 388, 389, 391 (W18), 392 (W18), 393/CLCIV 369 (W18), 405, 406, 433 (W18), 458, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 466 (W18), 467, 474 (W18), and 492
  3. Value: One of PHIL 361: Ethics or 366: Political Philosophy or 367: Social and Political Philosophy or PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy
  4. Mind and Reality: Either PHIL 345: Language and Mind or 381: Science and Objectivity or 383: Knowledge and Reality
  5. Three additional courses:
    1. Two additional 400-level courses (other than PHIL 419, 455, 498, or 499). Note: students are not permitted to use any course to satisfy more than one requirement. For example, if you use a 400-level course to satisfy the logic or history requirements, you cannot use that same course to satisfy this requirement.
    2. One additional course at the 300-level or higher, such as PHIL 345: Language and Mind or 383: Knowledge and Reality

The courses needed to satisfy these requirements are not always offered every term. Majors should plan their programs so that they can be sure to take the courses they need before they can graduate.

Residency

At least 16 credits, including requirement 5.1, must be taken in residence.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the PHIL subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students who are interested in an Honors major in Philosophy should consult a department advisor as early as possible. Except in cases where special permission is granted, students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and a 3.5 average in completed courses in philosophy in order to be eligible for admission. Honors majors are required to complete 28 (rather than 25) credits in the major, including PHIL 401 and 498 or 499, which is taken in the senior year. Before enrolling in PHIL 498 or 499, students must submit a thesis proposal for the department's approval. Only students who have written an Honors thesis will be considered for graduation with Honors degrees. Students are admitted to the Honors major at the beginning of the junior year (or later) by permission of the Honors department advisor.

Philosophy (Major) (Winter 2012 - Summer 2019)

Effective Winter 2012

Advising

Prospective majors, especially students contemplating graduate work in philosophy, should consult a department advisor as early as possible in order to work out an appropriate, unified program. Appointments are scheduled through the on-line scheduling system available on the department's web page: www.lsa.umich.edu/philosophy/undergraduate/advisorappointments.

Grade Policies

No course will count toward the major unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.  This includes all courses including prerequisites, required courses, and electives. 

Prerequisites

Any 100- or 200-level course other than PHIL 180, 183 (if elected after FA20), 201, 296 (logic courses). None of these courses counts toward the requirements for the major.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 25

Majors must take at least 25 credits of Philosophy.

In fulfilling the credit requirement students must also satisfy the following distribution requirements:

  1. Formal Methods: PHIL 296, 303, 305, 413, or 414
  2. History of Philosophy: One course from among:
    • PHIL 288 (W18), 289 (W18), 388, or 389;
    • and one additional course from among: PHIL 288 (W18), 289 (W18), 323 (W18), 371, 385 (W18), 386 (W18), 388, 389, 391 (W18), 392 (W18), 393/CLCIV 369 (W18), 405, 406, 433 (W18), 458, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 466 (W18), 467, 474 (W18), and 492
  3. Value: One of PHIL 361: Ethics or 366: Political Philosophy or 367: Social and Political Philosophy or PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy
  4. Mind and Reality: Either PHIL 345: Language and Mind or 381: Science and Objectivity or 383: Knowledge and Reality
  5. Three additional courses:
    1. Two additional 400-level courses (other than PHIL 419, 455, 498, or 499). Note: students are not permitted to use any course to satisfy more than one requirement. For example, if you use a 400-level course to satisfy the logic or history requirements, you cannot use that same course to satisfy this requirement.
    2. One additional course at the 300-level or higher, such as PHIL 345: Language and Mind or 383: Knowledge and Reality

The courses needed to satisfy these requirements are not always offered every term. Majors should plan their programs so that they can be sure to take the courses they need before they can graduate.

Residency

At least 16 credits, including requirement 5.1, must be taken in residence.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the PHIL subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Qualified students who are interested in an Honors major in Philosophy should consult a department advisor as early as possible. Except in cases where special permission is granted, students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and a 3.5 average in completed courses in philosophy in order to be eligible for admission. Honors majors are required to complete 28 (rather than 25) credits in the major, including PHIL 401 and 498 or 499, which is taken in the senior year. Before enrolling in PHIL 498 or 499, students must submit a thesis proposal for the department's approval. Only students who have written an Honors thesis will be considered for graduation with Honors degrees. Students are admitted to the Honors major at the beginning of the junior year (or later) by permission of the Honors department advisor.