Philosophy Major, B.A.

The philosophy major introduces students to the major figures and important issues in the world’s philosophical traditions.

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies recognizes that the fields of philosophy and religious studies, although distinct, nonetheless share many concerns and approaches, and often address the same issues. Consequently, departmental faculty strongly recommend that students with philosophy majors and minors also take religion courses.

Requirements for the Major

The major requires a minimum of 30 credits in philosophy at the 200 level or above, as well as a minimum of 15 credits at the 300 level or above, including the following philosophy courses:

Required:

PHIL 207Logic

3.0

PLRL 470/PLRL 570Senior Seminar

3.0

Total Credit Hours:6.0

Ethics: Take at least two of the following:

ENPL 267Thematic Studies:Vice and Virtue

3.0

PHIL 203Philosophical Issues in Feminism

3.0

PHIL 221Ethics

3.0

PLRL 219Ethics & Leadershp

3.0

PHIL 220Professional Ethics

3.0

PHIL 315/HON 315Literature of Moral Reflection

3.0

PHIL 319Biomedical Ethics

3.0

REL 342From Abolitionism to Human Rights

3.0

Total Credit Hours:6.0

Non-Western Philosophy: Take at least one of the following:

PLRL 301Indian Thought

3.0

PLRL 306Chinese Thought

3.0

REL 304Islam

3.0

Total Credit Hours:3.0

Western Philosophical Tradition Take at least three of the following

PLRL 205Classical Religion & Philosophy

3.0

PHIL 305Great Figures in Western Political Thought

3.0

PHIL 307History of Philosophy: The Ancient World to the Renaissance

3.0

PHIL 308History of Philosophy: The Early Modern Era to the 20th Century

3.0

PHIL 360Topics in Ancient Greek Philosophy

3.0

Total Credit Hours:9.0

Two additional electives in philosophy (PHIL or PL) or from the courses listed below:

REL 304Islam

3.0

REL 342From Abolitionism to Human Rights

3.0

PSCI 304Philanthropy and Civic Life

3.0

PSCI 332Ancient Medieval Political Thought

3.0

PSCI 333Modern Political Thought

3.0

Total Credit Hours:6.0

Department faculty urge students who wish to pursue graduate study in philosophy to take more than the minimum number of hours required to complete a major.