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The philosophy department at UW Oshkosh views as equally important its two major functions at the undergraduate level: providing training in philosophy to those who elect our discipline as a major, and providing high-quality instruction in philosophy to those who take our courses as electives or to fulfill University requirements. Our courses tend to be demanding, but the result is an increased level of competence in communicating ideas, logical rigor, critical thinking, articulateness and analytical skill.

 

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

 

Requirements for the Major

The philosophy major consists of a total of 36 credits. Note that because a major in philosophy is not overly weighted down with requirements, you can take it in conjunction with another major without much increase in total credit load. In fact, the vast majority of our majors are double majors.

  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 three courses:
    PHIL 301: History of Ancient Philosophy
    PHIL 305: History of Modern Philosophy
    PHIL 475: Philosophy Capstone
  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, all majors must take 15 additional credits of their own choosing in philosophy for a total of 36 credits.

Requirements for the Minor

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.

 

Requirements for the Major as of Fall 2014

33 credits in Philosophy

Required (15 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

Electives (15 credits)

Five courses consisting of at least one course from each category. (Category A is a list of courses in metaphysics/epistemology; Category B is a list of courses in value theory):

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 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 (9 credits)

Three courses consisting of at least one course from each category (above).

by Clark, Leslie A. last modified Oct 13, 2014 10:52 AM