Programs of Study

Philosophy Major & Minor

Philosophy Major

Philosophy Minor 

Philosophy Major

A philosophy major can benefit undergraduate students who are:

  • Seeking a strong liberal arts education.
  • Preparing for graduate school in professions such as medicine, law, education, theology and other careers.
  • Hoping to pursue graduate work in philosophy.

Students who study philosophy develop important skills and methods of approaching problems that are applicable in many future endeavors.

A philosophy major is valuable to all who question the reasons for things as they are, to those who seek a deeper understanding of what they are doing and their purpose for doing it, and to those who recognize the validity of Socrates’ assertion that the “unexamined life is not worth living.”

Students can take courses in the history of philosophy and philosophical movements; political, mathematical and scientific philosophies; metaphysics; linguistics and aesthetics. Students will learn how to analyze, reason, deduct and apply persuasive arguments in a disciplined and systematic way while developing their oral and written communication skills. 

Refer to the catalog for course listings.

A major in philosophy consists of 30-45 credits, with at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above). The department does not specify particular course work for the major, but recommends that the sequence of courses be designed in close consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. Students who plan to go to graduate school are strongly encouraged to take at least two courses from the History of Philosophy series, 45.285 to 45.288, including 45.350. They should also consider a second major in a cognate field, e.g., American studies, English, French, history, mathematics, or political science.

For more information, please go to the undergraduate catalog.

Philosophy Minor

A philosophy minor area of study consists of 18-24 credits of coursework in Philosophy. At least six credits must be selected from courses which are numbered 300 or above.

For more information, please go to the undergraduate catalog.