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Major/Minor Requirements

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 level 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 level courses or advanced 400 level courses.

Philosophy Department Courses: Two-Year Cycle

Category Course Frequency
BPQ UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions Every Semester
Logic PHIL 106 Introduction to Logic Every Semester
Ethics UCOR 151 Philosophical Ethics Every Semester
Epistemology PHIL 221 Epistemology Every Spring
Anthropology PHIL 229 Philosophical Anthropology Every Two Years
Health Care Ethics UCOR 254: Health Care Ethics: Phil Every Semester
Ancient Philosophy PHIL 300 Ancient Philosophy Every Two Years
Medieval Philosophy PHIL 301 Medieval Philosophy Every Two Years
Modern Philosophy

PHIL 302 Early Modern Philosophy or

PHIL 304 Later Modern Philosophy

Every Two Years
Contemporary Philosophy PHIL 305 Contemporary Philosophy Every Fall
Natural Theology PHIL 315 Thomas Aquinas Every Two Years
Metaphysics PHIL 320 Metaphysics: First Philosophy Every Two Years
Service Learning PHIL 207 Philosophy of Animals Every Fall

Service Learning

PHIL 255 Philosophy of Technology Every Fall