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Philosophy Programs

The department offers a major and minor in philosophy, and has the flexibility to work well as a double major.

Majors

The philosophy major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours in philosophy. Philosophy majors and minors must take one course from each of the following combinations:

  • Introductory courses – Introduction to Philosophy; Philosophy and Film; or Being Human: Its Philosophical Dimensions
  • Logic courses – Logic and Critical Thinking; or Logic, Truth and Culture
  • Ethics courses – Ethics; Biomedical Ethics; or Ethics and Business
  • Specialty courses – African and African American Thought; Philosophy and Contemporary Issues; Women in Philosophy; Philosophy of Art; Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion; or Law, Freedom and Justice 

This flexible program allows philosophy majors to tailor their courses to their interests, in consultation with their academic advisors.

Upper –level philosophy courses are integral to a properly developed major concentration, so majors should make every effort to take the following upper-level courses :

  • Classical Greek Philosophy (Plato and Aristotle)
  • Modern European Thought  (including Descartes, Hume and Kant)
  • Nineteenth Century Thought (including Hegel, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche)
  • Existentialism and Contemporary Philosophy (including Sartre and Heidegger)

Minors

Many students find that a philosophy minor complements their major, or they might choose a minor in philosophy as a way to pursue their other academic interests.

 A philosophy minor requires 18 credit hours or six courses. Philosophy majors and minors are required to take one course from each of the following combinations:

  • Introductory courses – Introduction to Philosophy; Philosophy and Film; or Being Human: Its Philosophical Dimensions
  • Logic courses – Logic and Critical Thinking; or Logic, Truth and Culture
  • Ethics courses – Ethics; Biomedical Ethics; or Ethics and Business
  • Specialty courses – African and African American Thought,;Philosophy and Contemporary Issues; Women in Philosophy; Philosophy of Art; Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, or Law, Freedom and Justice

This flexible program allows philosophy minors to tailor their courses to their interests, in consultation with their academic advisors.