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Philosophy Major, B.A.

The philosophy major introduces students to the major figures and important issues in the world’s philosophical traditions.

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies recognizes that the fields of philosophy and religious studies, although distinct, nonetheless share many concerns and approaches, and often address the same issues. Consequently, departmental faculty strongly recommend that students with philosophy majors and minors also take religion courses.

Requirements for the Major

The major requires a minimum of 30 credits in philosophy at the 200 level or above, including the following philosophy courses:

  • PHIL 200 Contemporary Philosophical Topics or PLWS 203 Philosophical Issues in Feminism
  • PHIL 207 Logic
  • PHIL 221 Ethics
  • PLRL 301 Indian Thought or PLRL 306 Chinese Thought
  • PHIL 307 History of Philosophy: The Ancient World to the Renaissance
  • PHIL 308 History of Philosophy: The Early Modern Era to the Twentieth Century
  • PLRL 470 Seminar

Three electives, including at least one at the 300 level 

In addition to courses with a PHIL or PL designation, HNMU 318 Theory and Practice in the Arts: The Philosophy of Music, REL 304 Islam and REL 342 From Abolitionism to Human Rights will count as philosophy electives within the 30 credit minimum required for the philosophy major.

Department faculty urge students who wish to pursue graduate study in philosophy to take more than the minimum number of hours required to complete a major.

Although the courses listed below may not be counted as electives within the philosophy major or minor, the philosophy faculty commend them to students as worthy complements to their philosophy courses: 

  • AFPS 353 Contemporary African Political Thought
  • AFPS 355 African-American Political Thought
  • AFAM 470 African-American Feminist Thought
  • ART 350 Classical Art and Archaeology
  • HIST 200 The Ancient World
  • PSCI 333 Modern Political Thought