Philosophy Major

Philosophy majors must complete 27 semester hours in philosophy, 18 of which are advanced. Logic II, one course in ethics, and two approved courses in the history of philosophy must be included. Ethics courses include PHIL 1305, 3350, 3351, 3354, 3355, 3375, and appropriate selected topics courses. Of the two courses in history of philosophy, one can be from any historical period. The other must be from either the ancient period (e.g., PHIL 3383) or from the early modern period (e.g., 3304, 3305, 3376, and 3378). A selected topics course from one of these periods may again be substituted.

Majors must also meet the general requirements for any Bachelor of Arts degree.

To provide continuing evaluation of the undergraduate philosophy program, majors in their final semester must each submit to the undergraduate advisor a portfolio, consisting of what they consider to be their best three philosophy papers and a completed departmental questionnaire. The deadline for the portfolio submission is the last day for filing an application for graduation as listed in the class listings.

The study of philosophy can reasonably be pursued in so many diverse ways that to suggest a uniform program of study would be at best unhelpful and quite possibly misleading. Students should, of course, begin with one of the introductory courses (PHIL 1301 or 1305) and should also take Logic I relatively early.

Beyond that, the individual student's program should be worked out in close consultation with the departmental undergraduate advisor. This consultation will range not only over the proposed program of philosophy courses, but also over the entire undergraduate curriculum, in an attempt to ensure that it is both coherent and appropriate to the student's long-range goals.

Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: August 27, 2009