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Undergraduate Philosophy

Here you will find several resources for undergraduate students interested in pursuing either a major or a minor in Philosophy.

Minimum Requirements for the Philosophy Major

  • All University Requirements.
  • All College of Liberal Arts requirements.
  • At least ten courses (30 credits) in Philosophy, according to this scheme:
  1. UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions (three credits).
  2. Four additional courses (twelve credits) at the 200, 300, or 400 levels, or Logic or Philosophical Ethics.
  3. Three additional courses (nine credits) at the 300 level.
  4. Two additional courses (six credits) at the 400 or 500 levels.

Many Majors take more than the ten required Philosophy courses. After Basic Philosophical Questions, majors are encouraged to take at least two courses at the 200 level or in the 300 level History of Philosophy Sequence before moving on to Thematic 300 levels courses or Advanced 400 level courses.

Students with double majors in Philosophy and English can reduce the total credits required in one of the two majors from 30 to 24. Please see your advisor for details.

Minimum Requirements for the Philosophy Minor

  • All University Requirements.
  • All College of Liberal Arts requirements.
  • Successful completion of the requirements for another major.
  • At least five Philosophy Courses (15 Credits), according to this scheme:
  1. UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions (three credits).
  2. Two additional courses (six credits) at the 200, 300, or 400 levels, or Logic or Philosophical Ethics.
  3. Two additional courses (six credits) at the 300 or 400 levels.

After Basic Philosophical Questions, majors are encouraged to take at least two courses at the 200 level or in the 300 level History of Philosophy Sequence before moving on to Thematic 300 levels courses or Advanced 400 level courses.

Why Study Philosophy?

Philosophy is a fascinating course of study that investigates important questions about:

Who we are
What we ought to do
How we think about cultures, societies, and political institutions
The nature of reality
How to think and argue logically

As a Philosophy majors or minor, you will acquire a broad competence in the history of philosophy and a thorough understanding of the systematic foundations of philosophical views. You will study the logic and discourses surrounding the conceptual interpretation of texts, arguments and ideas.

We see philosophy as the cultivation of dialogue and informed reflection on the fundamental issues of human life, and we look forward to you joining our conversation.

To review the requirements for the major and minor, and learn more about the departmental course structure, review the Majors/ Minors Guide (under the "Undergraduate" section of the webpage).

Career Possibilities

Employers in many fields recognized the versatility of an undergraduate education grounded by a Philosophy major. Philosophy majors become lawyers, public relations specialists, policy analysts, doctors, university presidents, teachers, diplomats, and business owners.

They go into consulting work, banking, financial analysis, and management.
Their writing skills prepare them for careers in politics, television, film, theater, advertising and literature.
They become publishers, editors, journalists, researchers, public interest advocates, lobbyists, medical and business ethicists, congressional staffers, clergy, political activists, judges, art critics and just about everything else (including, of course, philosophers).

Our course of studies will train you in the most important "transferable skills": general problem solving, the ability to assess complex data, communication skills, persuasive power and excellent written expression.

Philosophy majors have extremely high acceptance rates to doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences, to law schools, to masters in business administration programs, and even to medical schools.

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