Philosophy Major (B.A.)

The philosophy curriculum for majors emphasizes the relevance of philosophy both to contemporary life and to personal development. Enriched by an understanding of the history of philosophy and in community with other majors, each student is encouraged to develop a course of study that speaks to his or her own concerns. A student who majors in philosophy must take:

  • The requirements of the core;
  • A course in logic (PHL 310 Critical Reasoning or PHL 311 Introduction to Formal Logic );
  • Two courses in the history of philosophy (PHL 320 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and PHL 321 Descartes to Kant );
  • PHL 420 Advanced Argumentative Writing;
  • One philosophy elective from the category of "Value Theory";
  • One philosophy elective from the category of "Ways of Knowing/Metaphysics";
  • Five additional philosophy electives.

Philosophy Major

Core Requirements 1
COR 100First Year Seminars: Transitions3
WRT 101Critical Writing3
PHL 110Introduction to Philosophy3
HST 110World Civilization I3
HST 111World Civilization II3
ENG 210Major Authors3
PHL 210Moral Philosophy3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310Literature and Culture3
Social Science3
Natural Science3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies3
COR 400Senior Studies: Transformations3
VPA Visual & Performing Arts1
DIV Diversity0
Major Requirements
History of Philosophy courses:
PHL 320Ancient and Medieval Philosophy3
PHL 321Descartes to Kant3
Select one of the following Logic courses:3
Critical Reasoning
Introduction to Formal Logic
One philosophy elective from the category of "Value Theory" (see list below)3
One philosophy elective from the category of "Ways of Knowing/Metaphysics" (see list below)3
Five additional philosophy electives15
PHL 420Advanced Argumentative Writing3
Major Support Requirements
Foreign Language 26
Non-major electives12
Free electives24
Total Credit Hours121

Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements.


Students take 6 credits of a Foreign Language to fulfill their Core FLL/EAC requirement. These courses also count as their major support requirements. Intermediate level in a foreign language is required for a major in philosophy. For those students who require the introductory courses, 12 hours will be necessary to achieve this level.

The department’s electives are divided into the categories of Logic/Writing, History, Value Theory, Ways of Knowing/Metaphysics:


PHL 310 Critical Reasoning

PHL 311 Introduction to Formal Logic

PHL 420 Advanced Argumentative Writing


PHL 320 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

PHL 321 Descartes to Kant

PHL 322 Kant Through Contemporary Thought

PHL 324 Philosophies of Judaism

PHL 325 Asian Philosophy

PHL 327 Phil in the United States

Value Theory

PHL 340 Philosophy of Art

PHL 341 Philosophy and Literature

PHL 348 Social & Polit Phil:Historical

PHL 350 Philosophy of Law

PHL 353 Latin American Social Philosophy

PHL 355 Philosophy and Erotic Love

PHL 357 The Social Production of Space

Ways of Knowing/Metaphysics

PHL 329 Freud and Philosophy

PHL 352 Critical Theory & Technological Society

PHL 358 Philosophy of Race

PHL 362 Theory of Knowledge

PHL 363 Analytic Philosophy

PHL 364 Philosophy of Science

PHL 369 The Experience of Time

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hour
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
Free Elective 3
COR 100 First Year Seminars: Transitions 3
WRT 101 Critical Writing 3
HST 110 World Civilization I 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language 3
Free Elective 3
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Mathematics 3
HST 111 World Civilization II 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
First Semester
Natural Science 3
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy 3
Free Elective 3
ENG 210 Major Authors 3
Theology 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
PHL Elective (Value Theory) 3
PHL 320 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3
Non-Major Elective 3
Social Science 3
PHL Elective (Ways of Knowing/Metaphysics) 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
First Semester
PHL 310 Critical Reasoning 3
PHL 321 Descartes to Kant 3
Free Elective 3
Non-Major Elective 3
ENG 310 Literature and Culture 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
PHL 420 Advanced Argumentative Writing 3
Free Elective 3
PHL Elective 3
Non-Major Elective 3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
PHL Elective 3
PHL Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Non-Major Elective 3
Religion 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
PHL Elective 3
PHL Elective 3
Free Elective 3
COR 400 Senior Studies: Transformations 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120