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  Oct 20, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Philosophy major leading to BA degree


A major in philosophy leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 11 three- or four-credit courses in philosophy, as follows:

1. Ten courses in philosophy (not including Senior Capstone courses). These 10 courses must include at least 7 courses numbered 200 or above, one course in continental philosophy, and including the following:

a. PHIL 170

b. Two courses from each of the following three groups:

History of philosophy or major figures: PHIL 100, 110, 120, 130, 214 (REL 214), 215, 218 (REL 218), 221 (CLAS 221), 222, 228, 230, 232, 235, 238, 239, 310, 315, and, when the topics are appropriate, 180, 195, 295, 296, 395, and 403

Ethics and value theory: PHIL 100, 140, 145, 150, 240, 241 (POV 241), 242, 243 (POV 243), 244, 246, 248, 250, 252, 254, 256, 262, 264, 266, 335 (BUS 335) 340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 354, 357, 360, and, when the topics are appropriate, 180, 195, 295, 296, 395, and 403

Metaphysics and epistemology: PHIL 100, 212 (REL 212), 270, 272, 274, 278, 282, 285, 288, 327, 372, 375, 378, 382, and, when the topics are appropriate, 180, 195, 295, 296, 395, and 403

c. Three additional courses in philosophy

d. Continental philosophy: One of the following, which may also satisfy b. or c. above: PHIL 215, 218 (REL 218), 230, 232, 238, 239, 285, 315, 357, and, when the topics are appropriate, 180, 195, 212, 295, 296, 395, 399, and 403

2. Senior Capstone: at least one 300-level course in senior year or PHIL 473 or PHIL 493 (3-3)

Majors who are not pursuing Honors must take at least one 300-level course in their senior year. This 300-level course must be in addition to courses used to satisfy 1. above. Under exceptional circumstances, the department head may approve substituting a 300-level course not taken in the senior year and not used to satisfy 1. or PHIL 473: Senior Thesis for this 300-level course in the senior year.

Majors who are pursuing Honors must complete PHIL 493: Honors Thesis. Majors prepare their Honors Theses in the Fall and Winter terms of their senior year, and must present their theses for evaluation in the Winter Term of their senior year.

 

1. Ten courses in philosophy (not including Senior Capstone courses).


 The 10 courses must include at least 7 courses numbered 200 or above, one course in continental philosophy, and including the following:

b. Two courses from each of the following three groups:


c. Three additional courses in philosophy


2. Senior Capstone: at least one 300-level course in senior year or PHIL 473 or PHIL 493 (3-3)


Majors who are not pursuing Honors must take at least one 300-level course in their senior year. This 300-level course must be in addition to courses used to satisfy 1. above. Under exceptional circumstances, the department head may approve substituting a 300-level course not taken in the senior year and not used to satisfy 1. or PHIL 473: Senior Thesis for this 300-level course in the senior year.

Majors who are pursuing Honors must complete PHIL 493: Honors Thesis. Majors prepare their Honors Theses in the Fall and Winter terms of their senior year, and must present their theses for evaluation in the Winter Term of their senior year.