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2018-2019 Course Catalog

Required for the major in philosophy

Students who major in philosophy will learn to appreciate the formal features of arguments. They will acquire a clear sense of the development of philosophy and critically engage issues in metaphysics and epistemology and in ethics and value theory, and they will learn to relate philosophy to other areas of study.

The major in philosophy requires the following:

  1. PHIL 150 Symbolic Logic or 420 Topics in Logic; majors are strongly encouraged to satisfy this requirement early
  2. At least two core courses in the history of philosophy: PHIL 200, 210, 220, 227, 230, 275, or 283
  3. One course in each of the following areas:
    1. Epistemology: PHIL 300, 305, 330, 332, or 405
    2. Metaphysics: PHIL 310, 340, 400, or 410
    3. Ethics: PHIL 280, 320, 325, 347, 350, 360, 365, 370, 375, 380, 385, 430, or 440
  4. Four additional six-unit courses in philosophy or a second major and two additional six-unit courses in philosophy.
    1. Two of the additional courses in philosophy may be numbered 149 or below.
    2. Philosophy majors who do not prefer a second major may, in consultation with their advisor and subject to the approval of the department of philosophy, substitute selected courses not offered by the department for no more than two of the four additional courses.
  5. One philosophy Dimensions of Diversity course, which may also satisfy one of the above requirements
  6. PHIL 600 Studies in Philosophy

Senior Experience in philosophy

The department of philosophy's Senior Experience is PHIL 600: Studies in Philosophy. This is an advanced seminar, the topic for which varies from year to year, in which students critically analyze each other's original research.

Required for the minor in philosophy

  1. Six 6-unit courses in philosophy
    1. At least two courses in the history of philosophy: PHIL 200, 210, 220, 227, 230, or 275
    2. At least three courses outside the history of philosophy numbered 250 or above
  2. C average in the minor

Students pursuing a minor in philosophy are encouraged to choose a member of the philosophy department as an informal advisor.