Here you'll find the requirements for the Philosophy Major, plus information on the honors program and the combined BA/MA program.

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The Philosophy Major

The Philosophy Department offers a general major which provides students with a background in the history of philosophy (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume), as well as in values and logic related courses.

The department offers diversified and flexible programs leading to the B.A. and M.A. degrees. A combined B.A./M.A. program is available to qualified students. Through lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided research, undergraduate and graduate colloquia, a student philosophy club, interdisciplinary and special studies programs, and visiting philosophers, a challenging and balanced context for philosophical development is provided for major and nonmajor alike.


In pursuing philosophy, students develop their ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and organize ideas. Philosophy majors are successfully employed in many different areas of the private sector and government service-as managers, administrators, journalists, etc.-wherever a liberal education combining analytical skills with breadth of perspective is valued. Holders of the bachelor's degree in philosophy obtain jobs held by liberal arts graduates in newspapers, government, management, law, and computer-connected businesses.

Degree Requirements

General Program B.A.:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits in philosophy, no more than 6 of which may be at the 100 level. These required credits must include:

  • Phi 110 - Introduction to Philosophical Problems; may substitute Phi 111, Phi 412, or Phi 416
  • Phi 210 - Symbolic Logic
  • Phi 212 - Introduction to Ethical Theories; may substitute Phi 326
  • Phi 310 - Ancient Philosophy; typically offered only in the Fall semester
  • Phi 312 - 17th & 18th Century Philosophy; typically offered only in the Spring semester

Credits must also include an additional upper division historical course from among A Phi 311, 314, 315, 321, 329, 342, 344, 346, 442, 523, 524, 544, 546, 550, 552, 554, 556. In their senior year, students must take at least one 400- or 500-level course in philosophy.

Students are strongly urged to plan their individual programs of study in consultation with their advisers and in the light of their interests and career goals.

Honors Program

The department offers an honors program to provide well-qualified students with close contact with faculty and fuller training in philosophical research and writing than are normally possible. For detailed information on admission and graduation requirements for the honors program, please consult the relevant section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Combined B.A./M.A. Program

The department also offers a combined B.A./M.A. program in philosophy, which provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master's degree programs from the beginning of the junior year. A carefully designed program can permit a student to earn the B.A. and M.A. degrees within nine semesters. For detailed information on this program, please consult the relevant section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.