Degree Requirements

Philosophy Major

Eight courses including:

PHI 230 – Logic

or PHI 385 – Formal Logic and Computation Theory

PHI 241 – History of Philosophy I: Ancient Greek Philosophy

PHI 242 – History of Philosophy II: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

PHI 343 – History of Philosophy III: Early Modern and 19th-Century Philosophy

PHI 344 – History of Philosophy IV: 20th-21st Century Philosophy

A 400-level course (other than PHI 499)

Two elective courses in Philosophy

Four courses must be upper division

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) graduation skill can be met by taking PHI 230.

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Language requirement

The Philosophy Department has no specific language requirement besides the one of the College, but it recommends for Philosophy majors Greek, Latin, French, or German, at the discretion of the faculty advisor.

Major in Computational Philosophy

In addition to a major and minor in Philosophy, the Philosophy department also offers a cross-disciplinary major in conjunction with the Computer Science department emphasizing areas of interest in which philosophy and computer science overlap: logic, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. The purpose of the major is to augment the technical skills of a computer scientist with the creativity and liberal arts perspective of a philosopher. The result is a degree that is very marketable in industry and that provides an excellent logical and philosophical background for those wishing to pursue graduate study in philosophy. See Computer Science

for more information.

Departmental Honors

Admission to the Philosophy honors program is by recommendation of the Philosophy faculty. Such recommendations will be made at the end of the junior year. The program will consist of an honors thesis on an approved topic of the student’s choice that involves research above the course level, and a defense of this thesis before the faculty of the department.

Philosophy Minor

Five courses, including two from:

PHI 241 – History of Philosophy I: Ancient Greek Philosophy

PHI 242 – History of Philosophy II: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

PHI 343 – History of Philosophy III: Early Modern and 19th-Century Philosophy

PHI 344 – History of Philosophy IV: 20th-21st Century Philosophy

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.