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Major & Minor

The philosophy department views as equally important its two undergraduate functions: providing training in philosophy to those who elect our discipline as a major, and providing high-quality instruction  to those who take our courses as electives or to fulfill University requirements. Our courses introduce students to some of the most interesting ideas ever thought, and increase competence in a number of skills essential to both academic and professional success: analytical, critical, and creative reasoning, along with the ability to clearly communicate complex ideas. Note that because a major in philosophy is not weighted down with requirements, it can be undertaken with another major without much increase in total credit load. In fact, many of our majors are double majors.

How Do I Declare a Philosophy Major/Minor?
To become a philosopher, a student should fill out a "change of major" form in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center. Students should see the Department Chairperson, Larry Herzberg, for advising before scheduling their programs.

 

Requirements for the Major (as of Fall 2014)

For students who declared their major Fall 2014 or thereafter, the philosophy major consists of 34 credits.

Required (16 credits)

PHIL 101: Elementary Logic or PHIL 202: Symbolic Logic

PHIL 104: Ethics or PHIL 105: Ethics (NW) or PHIL 106: Honors Ethics (NW)

PHIL 301: History of Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 305: History of Modern Philosophy

PHIL 475: Philosophy Capstone (required for all who declared their philosophy major 2013 or thereafter). As of Fall 2016, PHIL 475 is a 1-credit course that is taken in combination with any 300- or 400-level course of the student's choosing (after having earned 21 credits towards the Major). The student pursues independent research within the context of the chosen course, and shares that research at a Capstone Celebration with other students at the end of the semester.

Electives (18 credits)

Six courses consisting of at least one course from Category A (courses in metaphysics & epistemology), at least one course from Category B (courses in value theory), and the remainder from either list, or from any other course offered by the department.

Category A

PHIL 306: Philosophy of Emotion

PHIL 309: Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL 315: Philosophy of Science

PHIL 316: Introduction to Cognitive Science

PHIL 319: Theory of Knowledge

PHIL 327: Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 331: American Philosophy

PHIL 422: Philosophy of Language

Category B

PHIL 205: Ethical Issues in a Diverse Society

PHIL 215: Philosophy of Art

PHIL 225: Philosophy of Love

PHIL 231: Biomedical Ethics (formerly Phil 311: Bioethics)

PHIL 325: Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 329: Contemporary Ethical Problems

PHIL 330: Business and Ethics

PHIL 345: Philosophy of Law

Requirements for the Minor (as of Fall 2014)

21 Credits in Philosophy

Required (9 credits)

PHIL 101: Elementary Logic or PHIL 202: Symbolic Logic

PHIL 104: Ethics or PHIL 105: Ethics (NW) or PHIL 106: Honors Ethics (NW)

PHIL 301: History of Ancient Philosophy or PHIL 305: History of Modern Philosophy

Electives (12 credits)

Four courses consisting of at least one course from Category A (courses in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind), at least one course from Category B (courses in value theory), and the remainder from either list, or from any other course offered by the department.

 

Requirements for the Major (for students who declared prior to Fall 2014)

For students who declared prior to Fall 2014, the philosophy major consists of a total of 36 credits, unless the student is required to (or chooses to) take Phil. 475; in that case, it consists of 37 credits, but the same number of classes (see note below).

  1. All majors must take the three foundational courses:
    PHIL 101: Elementary Logic
    PHIL 105: Ethics
    PHIL 109: Introduction to Philosophy
  2. In addition, all majors must take all of the following courses:
    PHIL 301: History of Ancient Philosophy
    PHIL 305: History of Modern Philosophy
    PHIL 475: Philosophy Capstone (NOTE: majors must take PHIL 475 only if they declared their major 2013 or later; otherwise they may take it as an elective). This is a 1-credit course taken with any 300- or 400-level course of the student's choosing (after having earned 21 credits towards the Major). The student pursues independent research within the context of the chosen course, and shares that research at a Capstone Celebration with other students at the end of the semester.
  3. And all majors must take one of the following courses:
    PHIL 309: Contemporary Philosophy
    PHIL 319: Theory of Knowledge
    PHIL 422: Philosophy of Language
  4. Finally, majors who are required to take PHIL 475 (see 2. above) must take 15 additional philosophy credits of their own choosing for a total of 36 credits. Those not required to take PHIL 475 must take 18 additional philosophy credits of their own choosing (which may include PHIL 475).

Requirements for the Minor (for students who declared prior to Fall 2014)

The philosophy minor consists of a total of 24 credits. Because the courses are offered frequently, it is easy to add a minor to any major without increase in total credit load.

  1. All minors must take the three foundational courses:
    PHIL 101: Elementary Logic
    PHIL 105: Ethics
    PHIL 109: Introduction to Philosophy
  2. In addition, all minors must take one of the following two courses:
    PHIL 301: History of Ancient Philosophy
    PHIL 305: History of Modern Philosophy
  3. Finally, all minors must take 12 additional credits of their own choosing in philosophy for a total of 24 credits.
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