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The Philosophy BA Program: Academic Requirements

In addition to completing general degree requirements, all philosophy majors must complete a minimum of nine courses in philosophy, plus an 8-credit senior project:

PHI 1515/History of Philosophy I: 4 credits
PHI 2110/History of Philosophy II: 4 credits
PHI —/One elective in the history of philosophy: 4 credits
PHI —/One seminar on a major figure (typically Plato, Kant,
   Hegel, or Heidegger/Arendt) or issue: 4 credits
At least two additional philosophy courses*
PHI 3899/Junior Seminar: 4 credits
PHI 4860/Senior Colloquium: 1 credit
PHI 4890/Senior Seminar: 2 credits
SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

*Strongly recommended courses include:
PHI 2120/Methods of Reasoning: 4 credits
PHI —/One additional elective on a major figure or issue: 4 credits

Additional notes for philosophy majors:

  1. No more than two courses at the 1000 level may be counted towards the major.
  2. The sequence and selection of courses is to be made in consultation with a philosophy faculty member chosen by the student to serve as a major advisor.
  3. The topic of the senior project is to be developed in conjunction with the junior seminar and in consultation with the advisor, who will normally be the project supervisor.
  4. At the time of graduation, a student must have a minimum 2.0 (C) GPA for courses, excluding the senior project, within the philosophy program.

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • The senior project (formerly PHI 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.

Updated March 20, 2014

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