Philosophy Department

Philosophy Degree Requirements

2015-2016 Course Catalog

Teaching Faculty

Professors Ablondi (chair-spring), Campolo (chair-fall), Falls-Corbitt, and Schmidt   
Assistant Professor Dow

Major in Philosophy

11 courses distributed as follows:

  • PHIL 285 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 302 Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 205 Critical Reasoning
              or 
    PHIL 245 Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 306 Nineteenth Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 487 Senior Major Seminar
              or 
    PHIL 497 Senior Thesis
  • 1 ethics course from the following: 
              PHIL 201 Ethics in the Face of Poverty
              PHIL 215 Ethics and Society
              PHIL 225 Ethics and Medicine
              PHIL 270 Environmental Philosophy
              PHIL 315 Ethics in Relation to Friend, Kin, and Community
              PHIL 330 Ethical Theory
  • 5 other philosophy courses, at least three of which must be 300-level or above. Topics not covered in courses described below are available to majors through individually arranged independent studies.

Minor in Philosophy

6 courses distributed as follows:

  • PHIL 285  Ancient Philosophy 

  • PHIL 302  Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Philosophy  

  • PHIL 306  Nineteenth Century Philosophy  

  • 3 other philosophy courses, at least one of which must be 300-level or above.

Major in Philosophy and Religious Studies

10 courses distributed as follows:

  • no fewer than four courses in philosophy
  • 2 must be chosen from 
              PHIL 285 Ancient Philosophy
              PHIL 302 Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Philosophy
              PHIL 306 Nineteenth Century Philosophy
  • No fewer than four courses in religious studies
  • PHIL/RELI 370 Philosophy of Religion (may be counted towards the four courses in either philosophy or religious studies)
  • PHIL 487 Senior Major Seminar
              or 
    PHIL 497 Senior Thesis
              or 
    RELI 497 Senior Colloquium
  • only 2 of the ten courses may be at the 100-level

Note(s):

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies majors cannot major or minor in either philosophy or religious studies.
  • Be aware that RELI 497 Senior Colloquium requires RELI 395 Theory and Research in Religion . 

Senior Capstone Experience

In the fall semester of the senior year, majors choose between PHIL 487 Senior Major Seminar and PHIL 497 Senior Thesis .