The Major

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Students in a recent PHIL 210, with no apologies to Raphael.

 

Philosophy Major Core Requirements

A major in philosophy requires nine PHIL courses. No more than three of the nine may be numbered 199 and below.

The nine courses must include at least one course in three of the following four distribution areas:

History of philosophy

courses above 100 with a second digit of 1 or 2

examples include PHIL 110PHIL 210PHIL 220

Metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language

courses above 100 with a second digit of 3 or 4

examples include PHIL/RELI 134/126PHIL 230PHIL 340

Logic and philosophy of science

courses above 100 with a second digit of 5

examples include PHIL 150PHIL 155, PHIL 355

Value theory

courses above 100 with a second digit of 6, 7, or 8

examples include PHIL 160PHIL/WGST 275PHIL 381

Total Hours: 27

Philosophy (PHIL) course descriptions.

PHIL 155 is recommended for all students who major or minor in philosophy.

Please note that First Year Seminars (all numbered below 100) and courses with a second digit of nine (PHIL 390PHIL 691HPHIL 692H, etc.) automatically count toward the major core as electives. However, with approval of the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, PHIL 390 may count toward one of the four distribution areas.

Within the framework of the major, students may elect to take philosophy courses geared toward pre-law. Inquiries about pre-law advising may be sent to the Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Although we are not in a position to offer law career (including career prep) or LSAT advice, the Director of Undergraduate Studies is available to provide academic advising and discuss pre-law course information.