While many philosophy courses, even at the upper-division level, do not have formal prerequisites, first-year students are especially encouraged to consider any of the following courses, when offered, at the 100-level: Fundamentals of Philosophy (PHIL 150), Philosophy East and West (PHIL 160), Moral Problems (PHIL 180), Critical Thinking (PHIL 170) or Logic (PHIL 190).
In addition to these 100-level classes, the department offers a variety of courses at the 200-level that students with a particular background or interest in another discipline might find appealing as an introduction to the subject matter of philosophy. These include: Sport, Philosophy, and Society (PHIL 210), Bioethics (PHIL 215), Aesthetics (PHIL 245), Philosophy of Education (PHIL 270), Philosophy and Literature (PHIL 280), and Philosophy of Science (PHIL 285).
For first-year students interested in pursing a major or minor in philosophy, the department recommends that the Inquiry Seminar be taken early, in the first-semester if at all possible. Also, in addition to any of the above-listed courses, the department would likewise recommend that prospective majors or minors try, when offered, Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 230) or Modern Philosophy (PHIL 250).
The philosophy majore is available as a bachelor of the arts degree only. For a major: 40 credits in the department, inlcuding 490 and either 190 or 170, and at least two courses in the history of philosophy series (230, 350, 370, 430, 460) and two in topics (210, 215, 245, 270, 280, 285, 306, 320, 360, 396, 375, 380, 470). Of the 40 credits required, no more than 24 can be from 100 and 200 level courses.
For a minor: 20 credits in the department, including at least one course in the history of philosphy series (230, 350, 370, 430, 460), and one in topics (210, 215, 245, 270, 280, 285, 306, 320, 360, 396, 375, 380, 470). Of the 20 credits required, no more than 12 can be from 100 and 200 level courses. Either 170 or 190 is strongly recommended.
The Philosophy Department contributes to the Linfield Curriculum largely through the Ultimate Questions (UQ) Area of Inquiry. Logic (PHIL 190) satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Area of Inquiry. Several other classes, as designated, likewise satisfy other Areas of Inquiry, especially the Global Pluralisms (GP) and U.S. Pluralisms (US) requirements.
Students with any interest in philosophical questions are encouraged to take a philosophy course early in their Linfield experience. The flexibility of the program, as well as its broad liberal arts applicability and focus on critical thinking make the major, minor, or a concentration in philosophy well worth considering as an integral component of one's course of study. The program and curriculum are also excellent complements to other courses of study at Linfield.
For additional information about the philosophy program or courses, or for further guidance in selection of courses for a major or minor in philosophy, please contact a Philosophy Department faculty member.