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Degree Requirements

In order to declare the philosophy major, you must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Students, Eddy Nahmias. Email him at enahmias(at) for an appointment.

Guidebook for Majors

The requirements listed below are for majors on the 2012 Catalog.  Majors under a different catalog may have slightly different requirements.

Area F:  Courses Appropriate to the Major

(18 semester hours)

1. Required Courses (8)
Phil 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
Phil 2500 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3) [Phil 2500 is recommended and required to graduate with distinction, but if necessary, students may  substitute Phil 1010 for this requirement and take a Pers course to replace Phil 1010 in area B.]
For. Lang. 1002 Elementary Foreign Language 11 (3)

2. Additional 1000/2000-level courses from core curriculum Areas B, C, D, or E to complete the 18 hours required in Area F. (10)

Area G:  Major Courses 

(27 semester hours)

A grade of "C" or better is required in all major courses.

To satisfy the requirement for the B.A. degree with a major in philosophy, students must take a total of 27 semester hours in philosophy courses at the 3000 level or above, including the following distribution requirements:


Majors are strongly urged to take Phil 1010, 2010, 3000, and if possible, 3010 and 3020 before taking 4000-level courses.

1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
Phil 3000 Introductory Seminar in Philosophy (3)
Phil 4990 Senior Seminar in Philosophy (3)

2. History of Philosophy Requirements (6)
Phil 3010 History of Western Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval(3)
Phil 3020 History of Western Philosophy II: Modern(3)

3. Ethics Requirements: Select at least one of the following courses.(3)
Phil 4700 Ethics (3)
Phil 4720 Environmental Ethics (3)
Phil 4740 Advanced Biomedical Ethics (3)
Phil 4750 Topics in Ethics (3)
Phil 4760 Ethics and Contemporary Public Policy (3)
Phil 4800 Social and Political Philosophy (3)
Phil 4820 Philosophy of Law (3)
Phil 4855 Advanced Topics in Political Theory (3)
Phil 4860 Feminist Philosophy (3)
Phil 4890 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy (3)

4 . Metaphysics and Epistemology Requirement: Select at least one of the following courses. (3)
Phil 4100 Epistemology (3)
Phil 4130 Philosophy of Science (3)
Phil 4150 Topics in Epistemology (3)
Phil 4300 Metaphysics (3)
Phil 4330 Philosophy of Mind (3)
Phil 4340 Philosophy of Cognitive Science (3)
Phil 4350 Topics in Metaphysics (3)
Phil 4530 Philosophy of Language (3)

5. Three more philosophy courses (9 hours) at the 3000 or 4000-level.

Students preparing to apply to philosophy graduate programs are encouraged to take the following courses while completing the normal requirements:
Phil 4100 Epistemology (3)
Phil 4300 Metaphysics (3)
Phil 4700 Ethics (3)

Developing a relationship with one or more professors so that they know you well and can write good letters of recommendation is also an excellent idea.

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

Students majoring in philosophy are not required to take a minor.

The philosophy major does NOT require but is designed to allow, students to get a double major or minor in other disciplines.

See Course Scheduling.  

Graduation with Distinction

To Graduate with Distinction in the Philosophy major, the student must have excelled in his or her philosophy courses and undergraduate career. To graduate with distinction, the student must have a 3.5 GPA in the major and a 3.5 GPA overall, must have taken Phil 2500 (Introduction to Symbolic Logic), and must be in good academic standing. Rare exceptions may be made by faculty vote.