Philosophy Major

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Philosophy Minor

Philosophy Major Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a major in Philosophy should be able to:

  • Read and comprehend arguments in their primary sources (in translation, as necessary);
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies employed in philosophical inquiry, as well as the cultural and historical origins of those methods;
  • Engage in a critical analysis of the legitimacy and limitations of the knowledge these methodologies elicit;
  • Appreciate the role of cultural and historical context in the development of philosophy, and appreciate the ethical issues created by the culture and the dominant philosophies of the modern and contemporary West;
  • Articulate their own thoughts and ideas relevant to philosophical inquiry orally and write essays that are clear and well structured, exhibiting command of the preceding abilities.

The Philosophy Major

The major in Philosophy leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Philosophy majors are required to have a GPA of at least 2.0 in the major at graduation. No more than eight credits in Philosophy may be taken Credit/No Credit to count toward the major; two of these credits must be PHIL 600, which is only offered Credit/No Credit.


The major in Philosophy completion of at least 42 semester credit hours as outlined below:

PHIL 220 - Epistemology: The Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 310 - Global Justice
PHIL 580 - Philosophy Seminar


It is recommended, but not required, that these courses be taken before courses above the 100 level.

Two Elective Courses:

  • In philosophy or approved cognate courses from another discipline. By consulting with faculty, students may use electives to create an emphasis in a specific area of philosophy.

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