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Philosophy Major Tracks

Undergraduate Program> Philosophy Major

The Philosophy major requires 30 hours of coursework.  Students may choose from one of three concentrations  (or courses of study) in order to tailor the philosophy major to their own broader interests and professional aims.  The three concentrations are: Historical, Health Sciences, or Society and Law.  Details about each of these tracks may be found below.

Historical Concentration

Health Sciences Concentration

Society and Law Concentration

 

Historical Concentration (30 Hours)

  • PHIL105 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL205 Ethics (3)
  • One course in a theoretical area (3)
    • PHIL320 Philosophy of Being; PHIL325 Philosophy of Religion; PHIL330 Philosophy of the Human Person; PHIL335 Philosophy & the Good Life; PHIL407 Reasoning: Probability & Uncertainty; PHIL408-9 Logic; PHIL 410-12 Epistemology; PHIL415-18 Philosophy of Science; PHIL420-421 Metaphysics; PHIL 422; Philosophy of Language; PHIL426-428 Philosophy of Mind; PHIL430-434 Ethics; PHIL 435-6 Social & Political Philosophy; PHIL474 Philosophy of Karl Marx; PHIL485 Philosophical Anthropology; PHIL486 Topics in Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL404 Symbolic Logic (3)
  • PHIL440 History of Ancient (3)
  • PHIL450 History of Medieval (3)
  • PHIL460 History of Modern (3)
  • Contemporary (=a 400-level course whose content focuses on philosophy since Hegel) (3)
  • Two Electives (one of which must be a 400-level course) (6)
  • Senior Inquiry (0-3)
    • PHIL488 Senior Inquiry; or PHIL489 Comprehensive Examination

N.b.  A single course cannot be used to fill more than one requirement; cross-listed courses will count only as filling an elective requirement  


Health Sciences Concentration (30 hours)

  • PHIL105 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL205 Ethics (3)
  • PHIL440 History of Ancient  or  PHIL450 History of Medieval (3)
  • PHIL460 History of Modern (3)
  • PHIL404 Symbolic Logic  or  PHIL406 Logic for Pre-professionals (3)
  • One course in a theoretical area (3)
    • PHIL320 Philosophy of Being; PHIL325 Philosophy of Religion; PHIL330 Philosophy of the Human Person; PHIL335 Philosophy & the Good Life; PHIL407 Reasoning: Probability & Uncertainty; PHIL408-9 Logic; PHIL 410-12 Epistemology; PHIL415-18 Philosophy of Science; PHIL420-421 Metaphysics; PHIL422 Philosophy of Language; PHIL426-428 Philosophy of Mind; PHIL430-434 Ethics; PHIL 435-6 Social & Political Philosophy; PHIL474 Philosophy of Karl Marx; PHIL485 Philosophical Anthropology; PHIL486 Topics in Philosophy of Religion
  • Two of the following (6)
    • PHIL336 Medical Ethics; PHIL415 Survey of the Philosophy of Science; PHIL428 Biology and Mind
  • Two Electives (one of which must be a 400 level course) (6)
  • Senior Inquiry (0-3)
    • PHIL488 Senior Inquiry; or PHIL489 Comprehensive Examination

N.b.  A single course cannot be used to fill more than one requirement; cross-listed courses will count only as filling an elective requirement


Society and Law Concentration

  • PHIL105 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL205 Ethics (3)
  • PHIL440 History of Ancient; or PHIL450 History of Medieval (3)
  • PHIL460 History of Modern (3)
  • PHIL404 Symbolic Logic; or PHIL406 Logic for Pre-professionals (3)
  • One course in a theoretical area (3)
    • PHIL320 Philosophy of Being; PHIL325 Philosophy of Religion; PHIL330 Philosophy of the Human Person; PHIL335 Philosophy & the Good Life; PHIL407 Reasoning: Probability & Uncertainty; PHIL408-9 Logic; PHIL 410-12 Epistemology; PHIL415-18 Philosophy of Science; PHIL420-421 Metaphysics; PHIL422 Philosophy of Language; PHIL426-428 Philosophy of Mind; PHIL430-434 Ethics; PHIL 435-6 Social & Political Philosophy; PHIL474 Philosophy of Karl Marx; PHIL485 Philosophical Anthropology; PHIL486
      Topics in Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL343 Philosophy of Law (3)
  • One course in moral/social philosophy (3)
    • PHIL336 Medical Ethics; PHIL338 Business Ethics; PHIL340 Ethics and Engineering; PHIL418 Philosophy of the Social Sciences; PHIL431 Topics in Ethics
  • Two Electives (one of which must be a 400 level course) (6) 
  • Senior Inquiry (0-3)
    • PHIL488 Senior Inquiry; or PHIL489 Comprehensive Examination

N.b. A single course cannot be used to fill more than one requirement; cross-listed courses will count only as filling an elective requirement

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