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Degree Requirements 2021-2022

Philosophy Major

Eight courses including, including at least four upper division courses:

  • One of PHI 230 or PHI 385
    • PHI 230 – Logic
    • 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 Philosophy course (other than PHI 499)
  • Two elective courses in Philosophy

Note: The Philosophy department at present does not offer a keystone PHI 499 course of its own. We recommend that majors take the keystone course offered in the Religion Department, or (in the case of double majors) in the department of the other major.

Computational Philosophy Major, Bachelor of Arts (joint offering with the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science)

See the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science section for more information.

Philosophy Minor

Five courses:

  • Two of PHI 241, PHI 242, PHI 343, or PHI 344
    • 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
  • Three additional PHI electives

Graduation Skills for Philosophy major

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.


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