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Major & Distribution Requirements

Majors must take at least 25 credits of Philosophy, of which 16 must be in residence. All 400-level courses must be taken in residence. No course will count toward the major unless the student receives a grade of C- or better. Students are not permitted to use any course to satisfy more than one requirement. For example, if you use PHIL 289 to satisfy part of the history requirement, you cannot use it to satisfy the prerequisite.

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.

Courses must be distributed as follows:


One 100- or 200- level course in the department, except: PHIL 180 (Introductory Logic), 183 (Critical Reasoning), 201 (Introduction to Logic), and 296 (Honors Introduction to Logic). None of these courses count towards the major requirements.

Core Distribution Requirements

Each major student is required to take (1) formal methods course; (2) history of philosophy courses; (1) value course; and (1) mind and reality course.

Additional Courses

Each student must take (3) additional philosophy courses to compete the major:

  • (1) additional course at the 300-level or higher
  • (2) additional 400-level courses, excluding PHIL 419, 455, 498 or 499 (Senior Honors in Philosophy). All 400-level courses must be taken in residence.