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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:

Prerequisites

Any 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)

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.

Formal Methods

(1) course from the following list:

  • PHIL 296: Honors Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 303: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 305: Introduction to Formal Philosophical Methods
  • PHIL 413: Formal Philosophical Methods
  • PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic

History of Philosophy

(1) course from the following list: 

  • PHIL 288: Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
  • PHIL 289: Descartes to Kant
  • PHIL 388: History of Philosophy: Ancient
  • PHIL 389: History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

(1) additional course from among: 

  • PHIL 288: Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
  • PHIL 289: Descartes to Kant
  • PHIL 323: The Scientific Revolution
  • PHIL 371: Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • PHIL 385: European Soc Thought from Hegel to Foucault
  • PHIL 386: Topics in Early Modern Philsopohy
  • PHIL 388: History of Philosophy: Ancient
  • PHIL 389: History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  • PHIL 391: Plato
  • PHIL 392: Aristotle
  • PHIL 393: Post-Aristotelian Philosophy
  • PHIL 405: Philosophy of Plato
  • PHIL 406: Aristotle
  • PHIL 433: History of Ethics
  • PHIL 458: Philosophy of Kant
  • PHIL 460: Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 461: Philosophical Thought in the 17th Century
  • PHIL 462: 18th Century Philosophy: Philosophical Thought in the 18th Century
  • PHIL 463: Topics in the History of Philosophy
  • PHIL 464: The Scientific Revolution
  • PHIL 466: Topics in Continental Philosophy
  • PHIL 467: The Enlightenment and Skepticism
  • PHIL 474: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 492: Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein

Value

Choose (1) of the following:

  • PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy
  • PHIL 361: Ethics
  • PHIL 366: Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 367: 19th Century Social and Political Philosophy

Mind and Reality

Choose (1) of the following:

  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind
  • PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality
  • PHIL 381: Science and Objectivity

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)