Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy

Program Requirements 

The required course of study in Philosophy consists of the basic curriculum and either the standard Philosophy major or the Philosophy major with a Law, Liberty, and Justice Emphasis Area. Philosophy majors must meet the requirements of the School of Humanities plus HIST 172 and 173 and 12 hours of 300–400-level coursework in one of the following areas: humanities (other than philosophy), math, science, or social science. Some courses may meet more than one requirement. All Philosophy majors must take PHIL 399 in the junior year. Preparation of the portfolio should begin as soon as the major is declared. Specific requirements include the following:

Standard Philosophy Major—PHIL 315, 316, 401 or 402, and 24 additional credits in PHIL selected with the advice and consent of the advisor. Three of these credits may be at the 100 level.

Law, Liberty, and Justice Emphasis Area—PHIL 102, 315, 316, 304 or 320 or 321, 343, 401 or 402, HIST 328, 329, and nine additional credits in philosophy selected with the advice and consent of the pre-law advisor. Students with this emphasis area are strongly advised to include PO SC 437 and/or 438 as an elective, minor, or advanced area requirement.

Pre-law and Pre-medicine students majoring in Philosophy should consult the departmental advisor for help in tailoring the program to their needs.

Freshman Year

First Semester
3 - ENGL 103 Accelerated Composition
3 - HIST 172 The West and the World I
3 - Foreign Language Requirement1 
3 - Mathematics Requirement2 
4 - Natural Science Requirement2 

16

Second Semester
3 - HIST 173 The West and the World II
3 - Foreign Language Requirement1 
3 - Mathematics or Natural Science Requirement2 
3 - Oral Communication Requirement2
3 - Social Science Requirement2 

15

Sophomore Year

First Semester
3 - Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement2 
3 - Science and Tech. in Society Requirement2 
3 - Major Requirement3 
3 - Minor Requirement4 
3 - Elective

15

Second Semester
3 - Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement2 
6 - Major Requirement3 
3 - Minor Requirement4 
3 - Elective

15

Junior Year

First Semester
6 - Advanced Area Requirement5 
6 - Major Requirement3 
3 - Minor Requirement4 

15

Second Semester
2 - PHIL 399 Philosophy Portfolio
3 - Elective
9 - Major Requirement3 
3 - Minor Requirement4 

17

Senior Year

First Semester
6 - Advanced Area Requirement5 
3 - Major Requirement3 
3 - Minor Requirement4 

12

Second Semester
6 - Major Requirement3 
9 - Elective

15

120 Total Semester Hours

Notes:
1 - The foreign language requirement is a proficiency requirement. Students must complete through 202 in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.
2 - See General Education Requirements.
3 - See major requirements in program description above.
4 - See page 75 of the 2010-11 catalog for approved minors. Students with a Religious Studies Emphasis Area may not minor in Religion.
5 - Select from 300–400-level courses in the humanities (must be from an area other than philosophy), mathematical sciences, science, or the social sciences.