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. Students with interdisciplinary interests may pursue a philosophy major with a concentration in an allied field, e.g. Legal Studies, Theater, etc. A student who majors in philosophy must take

  • The requirements of the core
  • A course in logic (PHL 310 Informal Logic,PHL 311 Introduction to Formal Logic )
  • Three courses in the history of philosophy (PHL 320 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, PHL 321 Descartes to Kant and PHL 322 Kant Through Contemporary Thought)
  • PHL 420 Advanced Argumentative Writing
  • Six 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
Theology3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310Literature and Culture3
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Natural Science3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies3
Religion3
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
PHL 322Kant Through Contemporary Thought3
Select one of the following Logic courses:3
Informal Logic
Introduction to Formal Logic
Major Electives 218
PHL 420Advanced Argumentative Writing3
Major Support Requirements
Foreign Language 36
Electives
Non-major Electives12
Free Electives24
Total Credit Hours127
1

Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements.

2

In addition to PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy and PHL 210 Moral Philosophy, a student may count one approved non-PHL course as an elective in Philosophy. See the Chair to determine if a COR or PHO course is approved.

3

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.

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 3
PHL 320 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3
Non-Major Elective 3
Social Science 3
PHL Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
First Semester
PHL 310 Informal Logic 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
PHL 322 Kant Through Contemporary Thought 3
Free 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