Philosophy Major

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Philosophy is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter.  It pursues questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques apply in any field of study or endeavor.  No brief definition expresses the richness and variety of philosophy.  It is a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for understanding, a study of principles of meaning and conduct.  It seeks variously to establish, and to set into question, standards of evidence, to provide rational methods of resolving conflicts, and to create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments.  Philosophy is both a group of activities and a body of knowledge, and our department teaches from original texts in ways that enable students to acquire the relevant skills so that they can think for themselves.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy

Course Number and Title Hrs. Prerequisites
1 intro course (PHIL 204, 205, 208 or 217) 3 none
1 ethics course (PHIL 210, 215 or 280) 3 none
1 logic course (PHIL 220 or 320)   3 none
2 hist. courses (PHIL 311, 312, 313 or 314)  6 PHIL 204, 205, 
208, 210 or 215
3 PHIL electives (300 level or above) 9
24 hrs.

Note: At least 15 hours of coursework must be taken at the 300 level or above.

Minor in Philosophy

Course Number and Title Hrs. Prerequisites
1 intro course (PHIL 204, 205, 208 or 217) 3 none
1 ethics course (PHIL 210, 215 or 280) 3 none
1 logic course (PHIL 220 or 320) 3 none
1 hist. courses (PHIL 311, 312, 313 or 314) 3 PHIL 204, 205,
208, 210 or 215
1 PHIL elective (300 level or above) 3
15 hrs.

Major's Department

The study of Philosophy equips you to analyze, think creatively and critically examine your beliefs and those of others.  It expands your conceptual horizons.  You consider profound questions... Read More