Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

General Requirements 

PHL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 110: Intro Logic
PHL 201: History of Ancient Philosophy
PHL 202: History of Modern Philosophy
PHL 300: Seminar for Majors
Five philosophy electives, meeting the following conditions:

Students have the option of using their philosophy electives to major with an emphasis in law and ethics, history of philosophy, or logic and the philosophy of science. These tracks will not impact how your major is listed on your transcript.

A relevant course in an allied field may be substituted for a philosophy elective, with the permission of the philosophy department’s undergraduate advisor.

Honors

Students who have at least a 3.7 GPA in a philosophy major and show promise of being able to complete an honors thesis are eligible to pursue a degree with honors. Honors in philosophy will be awarded to graduating concentrators who, after consulting with the undergraduate adviser and securing a thesis adviser, complete:

The bachelor's degree with various degrees of distinction is offered on recommendation of the department and is based primarily on the grade-point average in philosophy 

(3.4 - distinction; 3.6 - high distinction; 3.8 - highest distinction). Performance in undergraduate seminars and in independent study is sometimes considered.

Majors with a Special Emphasis 

Concentrators wishing to emphasize a particular sub-field of interest may make use of the following optional guidelines, which offer potential plans emphasizing:

These plans do not affect how the philosophy major is listed on your transcript; the only official requirements are the general major requirements above.

Emphasis on Law and Ethics

PHL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 110: Intro Logic
PHL 201: History of Ancient Philosophy
PHL 202: History of Modern Philosophy
PHL 300: Seminar for Majors
Five philosophy electives, meeting the following conditions:

An advanced course in an allied field may be substituted for a required philosophy elective, with the permission of the philosophy department’s undergraduate advisor.

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Emphasis on History

PHL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 110: Intro Logic
PHL 201: History of Ancient Philosophy
PHL 202: History of Modern Philosophy
PHL 300: Seminar for Majors
Five philosophy electives, meeting the following conditions:

An advanced course in an allied field may be substituted for a required philosophy elective, with the permission of the philosophy department’s undergraduate advisor.

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Emphasis on Logic and the Philosophy of Science

PHL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 110: Intro Logic
PHL 201: History of Ancient Philosophy
PHL 202: History of Modern Philosophy
PHL 300: Seminar for Majors
Five philosophy electives, meeting the following conditions:

An advanced course in an allied field may be substituted for a required philosophy elective, with the permission of the philosophy department’s undergraduate advisor.

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