Course Planning

Philosophy Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. The following is a typical major plan. This is not the only way forward. Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

1 course at the 100 or 200 level

Sophomore

Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 285)

17th & 18th Century Phil. (PHIL 302)

Any 1 philosophy courses, but consider:

  • either Crit. Reasoning (PHIL 205) or Logic (Phil 245)
  • one required ethics course
Junior

19th Century Phil. (PHIL 306)     

Any 300 level course

Any 2 philosophy courses, including, if not previously completed:

  • either Crit. Reasoning (PHIL 205) or Logic (Phil 245)
  • one required ethics course
Senior
  • Senior Seminar (PHIL 487) or
  • Senior Thesis (PHIL 497)

Any 2 philosophy courses at the 300- or 400- level

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year. The following is a typical plan to complete this major. Please consult with your advisor or a member of the Department to create your unique path.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

-

Sophomore

Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 285)           

17th & 18th Century Phil. (PHIL 302)

Any 2 philosophy courses, but consider:

  • Either Crit. Reasoning (PHIL 205) or Logic (Phil 245)
  • one required ethics course
Junior

19th Century Phil. (PHIL 306)      

Any 300 level course

Any 2 philosophy courses, including, if not previously completed:

  • either Crit. Reasoning (PHIL 205) or Logic (Phil 245)
  • one required ethics course
Senior
  • Senior Seminar (PHIL 487) or
  • Senior Thesis (PHIL 497)

Any 2 philosophy courses at the 300- or 400- level

Planning Recommendations:

The degree path for Philosophy is quite flexible. Please work closed with your advisor in choosing courses.

  • It is recommended to take Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 285), 17th & 18th Century Phil. (PHIL 302) and 19th Century Phil. (PHIL 306) in sequence if possible.
  • Generally, the logic and ethics courses should be taken before your senior year.

Capstone Planning:

The capstone is part of Senior Seminar (PHIL 487) or Senior Thesis (PHIL 497).