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

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.
  5. It is recommended that students take one year of college-level foreign language courses (6–8 credits).