Former Philosophy Major (For students entering the major before Fall, 2013)

Philosophy majors excel at critical writing and argumentation, which are necessary skills for many professions.

Core curriculum

All philosophy majors must take the following five courses:

  • PHILO 300, History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHILO 301, History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHILO 320, Symbolic Logic I
  • PHILO 330, Moral and Political Philosophy
  • PHILO 340, Theories of Knowledge and Reality

Standard philosophy option

(B.A. only) This option is for students interested in a traditional liberal arts course of study or who desire to do graduate work in philosophy. Requirements: 36 credit hours.

  1. Core curriculum
  2. Two courses from:
    • PHILO 525, Social-Political Philosophy
    • PHILO 535, Philosophy of Law
    • PHILO 570, Aesthetics
    • PHILO 585, Ethics
    • PHILO 650, Rationality and Action
    • PHILO 660, Advanced Ethics
    • PHILO 665, Philosophy of Economics
  3. Two courses from:
    • PHILO 601, Advanced Issues in the History of Philosophy
    • PHILO 615, Philosophy of Religion
    • PHILO 620, The Development of Analytic Philosophy
    • PHILO 625, Philosophy of Language
    • PHILO 635, Metaphysics
    • PHILO 640, Epistemology
    • PHILO 645, Philosophy of Science
    • PHILO 655, Philosophy of Mind
    • PHILO 685, Current Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology
  4. Two additional philosophy electives (one of them at the 500 level or above). Electives can be from either or both of the two groups above.

Pre-graduate school option

(B.A. only) This option is for students who are mainly interested in doing graduate study in philosophy. Requirements: 42 credit hours.

  1. Core curriculum
  2. PHILO 620, The Development of Analytic Philosophy
  3. Two courses from:
    • PHILO 525, Social-Political Philosophy
    • PHILO 535, Philosophy of Law
    • PHILO 570, Aesthetics
    • PHILO 585, Ethics
    • PHILO 650, Rationality and Action
    • PHILO 660, Advanced Ethics
  4. Three courses from:
    • PHILO 510, Symbolic Logic II
    • PHILO 601, Advanced Issues in the History of Philosophy
    • PHILO 625, Philosophy of Language
    • PHILO 635, Metaphysics
    • PHILO 640, Epistemology
    • PHILO 645, Philosophy of Science
    • PHILO 685, Current Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology

    One of these must be PHILO 635, Metaphysics, or PHILO 640, Epistemology.

  5. Two additional philosophy electives (one of them at the 500 level or above). Electives can be from either or both of the two groups above.

Pre-law options

(B.A. or B.S.)

Single major pre-law option

Requirements: 39 credit hours.

  1. Core curriculum
  2. Both of:
    • PHILO 525, Social-Political Philosophy
    • PHILO 535, Philosophy of Law
  3. Two courses from:
    • PHILO 365, Medical Ethics
    • PHILO 380, Philosophy and Race
    • PHILO 585, Ethics
    • PHILO 595, Environmental Ethics
    • PHILO 650, Rationality and Action
    • PHILO 660, Advanced Ethics
    • PHILO 665, Philosophy of Economics
    • PHILO 670, Advanced Social-Political Philosophy
    • PHILO 675, Advanced Philosophy of Law
  4. Four additional philosophy electives (two of them at the 500 level or above).
Double major pre-law option

Requirements: 30 credit hours in philosophy plus second major.

  1. Core curriculum
  2. Both of:
    • PHILO 525, Social-Political Philosophy
    • PHILO 535, Philosophy of Law
  3. One course from:
    • PHILO 585, Ethics
    • PHILO 595, Environmental Ethics
    • PHILO 650, Rationality and Action
    • PHILO 660, Advanced Ethics
    • PHILO 665, Philosophy of Economics
    • PHILO 670, Advanced Social-Political Philosophy
    • PHILO 675, Advanced Philosophy of Law
  4. One additional philosophy elective (at the 500 level or above).
  5. Completion of a second major in a department of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Philosophy/pre-business option

(B.A. or B.S.) The pre-business option is for students who plan to do further work leading to a master's in business administration. Requirements: 30 credit hours.

  1. Core curriculum
  2. Either:
    • PHILO 525, Social-Political Philosophy
    • PHILO 535, Philosophy of Law
  3. PHILO 665, Philosophy of Economics
  4. Three additional philosophy electives (one of them at the 300 level or above, and one of them at the 500 level or above).

Students in this option may combine a philosophy/pre-business degree with an undergraduate degree in the College of Business Administration. 

Philosophy/pre-ministry option

This is a nonsectarian program for students who are interested in the religious ministry as a profession. Students in this program will be advised on other courses outside philosophy recommended by most American schools of theology. Requirements: 33 credit hours in philosophy and two approved courses outside of philosophy (clarified below).

  1. Core curriculum
  2. Either:
    • PHILO 635, Metaphysics
    • PHILO 640, Epistemology
  3. PHILO 615, Philosophy of Religion
  4. Three additional philosophy electives (at the 500 level or above).
  5. Two courses in which religion is studied, from departments other than philosophy. The Department of Philosophy must approve counting these courses towards completion of the major. 

Interdisciplinary option

(B.A. or B.S.) This option is for students who wish to combine a major in philosophy with a major in another discipline. Each student completing a degree under this option must have a faculty advisor in the Department of Philosophy who supervises the student's program. Philosophy courses other than the core curriculum must be approved by this advisor. Requirements: 30 credit hours in philosophy and completion of a second major.

  1. Core curriculum
  2. Three philosophy electives (two of them must be at the 500 level or above).
  3. PHILO 680, Problems in Philosophy
  4. Additional requirements:
    1. Completion of a second major, as appropriate; student's program must be approved by a faculty-advisor in the philosophy department.
    2. The course, PHILO 680, Problems in Philosophy, must focus on the relationship of philosophy to the student's other major; the student must write a substantial paper on that relationship for this course.

Pre-med option

(B.A. or B.S.) While no one major is given preference by medical schools and related post-graduate programs, their admission committees recognize philosophy as a valuable primary or secondary major. Students in this program will be advised to supplement their education with an important science component (i.e. a minor in either biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or physics). Requirements: 33 credit hours in philosophy.

  1. Core curriculum
  2. PHILO 365, Medical Ethics
  3. One course from:
    • PHILO 525, Social-Political Philosophy
    • PHILO 535, Philosophy of Law
    • PHILO 585, Ethics
  4. One course from:
    • PHILO 112, Causal and Statistical Reasoning
    • PHILO 550, Philosophy of Social Sciences
    • PHILO 645, Philosophy of Science
  5. Three additional philosophy electives (two of them at the 500 level or above). Electives can be from either or both of the two groups above.