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Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals for Majors and Minors

In successfully completing a major in philosophy, a student will:

  • Develop a competence in principles of correct reasoning;
  • Demonstrate competence in understanding at least two major historical periods in Western philosophy;
  • Demonstrate competence in understanding at least two topical areas in philosophy;
  • Develop competence in understanding major motifs in Western and non- Western philosophy; and
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze and construct philosophical arguments through the writing of analytic and creative research papers and reflection essays.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The philosophy major is available as a bachelor of arts degree only, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a major: 40 credits in the department, including 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, 365, 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 philosophy series (230, 350, 370, 430, 460) and one in topics (210, 215, 245, 270, 280, 285, 306, 320, 360, 365, 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.