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Philosophy Major Requirements Enrolled before Fall 2009

Area B Recommendation

The Department strongly recommends that students take Phil 1010, Critical Thinking, in Area B.

Area F Courses Appropriate to the Major

(18 semester hours)
1. Required Courses (9)
Phil 2010 Introduction toPhilosophy (3)
Phil 2050 Philosophical Thinking (3)
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. (9)

Major Courses

(24 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 24 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 2050, 3010, and 3020 before taking 4000-level courses.

1. 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)

2. Ethics Requirements: Select at least one of the following courses.(3)
Phil 3720 Contemporary Moral Problems (3)
Phil 3730 Business Ethics (3)
Phil 4700 Ethics (3)

3 . Elective in Metaphysics, Epistemology, or Philosophy of Mind: Select at least one of the following courses. (3)
Phil 4090 Topics in Continental Philosophy (Formerly Phil 4190.) (3)
Phil 4100 Epistemology. (Formerly Phil 4420.) (3)
Phil 4130 Philosophy of Science (Formerly Phil 4430.) (3)
Phil 4330 Philosophy of Mind (Formerly Phil 4440.) (3)
Phil 4300 Metaphysics (Formerly Phil 4600) (3)
Phil 4530 Philosophy of Language (Formerly Phil 4400.) (3)

See Course Scheduling.

Students preparing to apply to philosophy Ph.D. programs are encouraged to take the following courses while completing the normal requirements:
Phil 4100 Epistemology (Formerly Phil 4420.) (3)
Phil 4300 Metaphysics (Formerly Phil 4600) (3)
Phil 4520 Symbolic Logic (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.

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