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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, symbolic and formal logic, and the cluster of areas addressing knowledge, language, mind, and reality.

Majors must take at least 25 credits of Philosophy, of which 16 must be in residence. The curriculum is carefully structured with a series of intermediate-level bridge courses to facilitate students' transitions from introductory to advanced study in philosophy. Majors must take at least two 400-level courses, ensuring they receive some exposure to philosophy at an advanced level, and must take courses in 4 distinct areas of philosophy. At the same time, students have considerable flexibility to design their own programs.  For example, a student might take a course in a narrow field like philosophy of physics for their 400-level course, or might have a choice between an aesthetics, ethics, or political philosophy course for their 'value' requirement. Note that no course will count toward the major unless the student receives a grade of C- or better. See the button above for the prerequisites and distribution requirements.

Advisors help students choose a suitable program of study and declare a major. It is very important to meet often with an advisor to stay on track in fulfilling program requirements. To learn more and schedule an advising appointment, visit the advising page.