For students majoring in Philosophy, nine full courses in Philosophy are required.
(1) At least six courses must be distributed among the following subject areas, with at least one course in each area:
Mind and World: This area consists of five courses: 206 Epistemology, 208 Metaphysics,
220 Philosophy of Language, 222 Philosophy of Science, and 228 Philosophy of Mind.
History of Philosophy: Courses designated with an (H) in the catalog. Possible courses include
Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Existentialism, Nineteenth-Century Philosophy,
Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy, and Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy.
Value: Courses designated with a (V) in the catalog. Possible courses include Ethics,
Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Music, Topics in Applied Ethics,
Biomedical Ethics, and Social, Political, Legal Philosophy.
Logic: The two courses in this area are Philosophy 200 Deductive Logic
and Philosophy 201 Reason and Argument.
(2) Students must complete at least one 300-level seminar.
For all majors, no course may count toward more than one distribution requirement.
For all majors, no more than one 100-level course will count toward the major’s total course requirement.
Courses in which a student has earned a letter grade lower than a C- or P cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of the major.
The department offers an Honors Program to qualified senior majors. The Program
involves intensive study and writing under faculty supervision for an academic year. It
culminates in the preparation of a lengthy written thesis, and a defense of the thesis before
departmental faculty and, typically, an external examiner from another college or university.
Questions should be directed to the department’s Director of the Honors Program.