Degrees, the Major, the Minor, and Concentrations

 The Major in Philosophy

The objectives of the philosophy major are: (1) to aid students in developing skills in reflective thinking and critical judgment; (2) to foster in students an understanding and appreciation of the various interpretations of reality throughout the ages; (3) to foster in students a knowledge and appreciation of the value judgments in various aspects of human life; and (4) to foster in students a knowledge and appreciation of the gray issues and problems in contemporary philosophy and society and to guide in the finding of effective solutions.  Students may concentrate in one of three areas: philosophy, religious studies, and pre-law.

The Major in Philosophy with a Philosophy Concentration

Students majoring in Philosophy with a concentration in Philosophy must complete the following required courses:

  • PHIL 221 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 222 Introduction to Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL 301 Writing Philosophical Arguments
  • PHIL 302 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 332 Western Philosophy I: Ancient
  • PHIL 337 Western Philosophy III: Early Modern
  • PHIL 339 Western Philosophy V: 19th Century
  • PHIL 438 Western Philosophy IV: Kant
  • PHIL 439 Western Philosophy VI: Contemporary
  • PHIL XXX Special Focus Elective Choose one course: PHIL 340-349 or PHIL 360-369 3
  • PHIL 490 Seminar I
  • PHIL 491 Seminar II
  • PHIL XXX Philosophy Elective *
  • PHIL XXX Philosophy Elective *
  • XXX Foreign Language Elective**
  • XXX Foreign Language Elective**

* This elective may not be filled by PHIL 220 (Ethics and Values).

**Two sequential courses in the same foreign language

The Major in Philosophy with a Religious Studies Concentration
Students majoring in Philosophy with a concentration in Religious Studies must complete the following required courses:
  • PHIL 221 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 301 Writing Philosophical Arguments
  • PHIL 332 Western Phil. I: Ancient
  • PHIL 336 Western Phil. II: Medieval
  • PHIL 339 Western Phil. V: 19th Century
  • PHIL 440 Philosophy of Religion
  • RELG 201 Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • RELG 301 Old Testament Philosophy
  • RELG 302 New Testament Philosophy
  • RELG 309 African and African American Religious Traditions
  • RELG 310 Western Religious Traditions
  • RELG 311 Eastern Religious Traditions
  • RELG 490 Seminar I
  • RELG 491 Seminar II
  • RELG XXX Religious Studies Elective
  • XXX Foreign Language Elective*
  • XXX Foreign Language Elective*

*Two sequential courses in the same foreign language. Majors preparing themselves for graduate studies in Religious Studies are urged to fulfill their foreign language requirement by taking Latin or German.

The Major in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration

Students majoring in Philosophy with a Pre-Law concentration must complete the following required courses:

  • PHIL 221 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 223 Introduction to Philosophy of Politics
  • PHIL 301 Writing Philosophical Arguments
  • PHIL 302 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 332 Western Philosophy I: Ancient
  • PHIL 337 Western Philosophy III: Early Modern
  • PHIL 343 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 423 Ethics and the Law
  • PHIL 438 Western Philosophy IV: Kant
  • PHIL 441 Philosophy and Constitutional Thought
  • PHIL 490 Seminar I
  • PHIL 491 Seminar II
  • PHIL XXX Philosophy Elective
  • PHIL XXX Philosophy Elective
  • POSC XXX Students may choose one of the following:
    • POSC 402 Political Theory
    • POSC 403 Black Political Thought
    • POSC 405 International Law
    • POSC 416 Race and Public Law
    • POSC 420 Politics of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • XXX Foreign Language Elective*
  • XXX Foreign Language Elective*

*Two sequential courses in the same foreign language. Students concentrating in Pre-law are urged to fulfill their foreign language requirement by taking Latin.

The Minor in Philosophy

Students minoring in Philosophy must complete 18 credits in Philosophy with a grade of “C” or better, and may use any sequence of different Philosophy courses, excluding PHIL 109—Introduction to Logic and PHIL 220—Ethics and Values, to meet those requirements.

The Minor in Religious Studies

Students minoring in Religious Studies must complete 18 credits in Religious Studies with a grade of “C” or better, and may use any sequence of Religious Studies courses to meet those requirements.