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Major, Minor, and Emphases

Requirements for a MAJOR in Philosophy (14 Classes Total)

Students majoring in philosophy must complete all the courses in Introductions and in Inquiries. Every student must also complete four additional upper division (100-level) elective courses.

Students who wish to graduate with a specific emphasis (or emphases) must select four upper division courses listed within that emphasis. Inquiries courses may count toward an emphasis.

Introductions (6 Classes)

  • History of Western Philosophy (3 Classes)
    • Ancient and Medieval - Phil 14
    • Early Modern - Phil 15
    • Modern - Phil 16
  • Logic (informal or formal) - Phil 17 or 18
  • Knowledge and Reality - Phil 19 (fulfills Advanced Writing Core Requirement)
  • One course from: Phil 40-44 (requirement waived if Phil 1A and 2A, or Phil 11a and 12A completed)

Inquiries (4 Classes)

  • History of Philosophy

    Choose one course from Phil 124-127, 141A-151, 175-181A

  • Non-Western Philosophy (fulfills C&I 3 requirement)

    Choose one course from Phil 175 - 180

  • Ethical Theory

    Choose one course from Phil 109-112, 120-128, 152, 154, 159

  • Metaphysics and Epistemology

    Choose one course from Phil 150-165

Four Upper Division (100-Level) Electives

Available Emphases

  • Pre-Law & Justice emphasis (P)
  • Science & Analysis emphasis (S)
  • History of Ideas emphasis (H)
  • Ethics & Values emphasis (E)

-- To graduate with an emphasis, 4 of the 8 required upper division courses (Inquiries + Electives) must be within one specific emphasis. Students may graduate with more than one emphasis. 

-- To see which emphasis/emphases an upper division course is associated with, please consult the Philosophy Courses handout, the Department of Philosophy website, or the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Requirements for a MINOR in Philosophy (7 Classes Total)

The minor in philosophy requires 7 courses in philosophy.  Required courses include logic, two history of philosophy courses, and four upper division (100-level) electives.

Students who wish to graduate with a specific emphasis (or emphases) must select four upper division courses listed within that emphasis. Students may graduate with more than one emphasis.

  • Logic (informal or formal) - Phil 17 or 18
  • History of Western Philosophy (2 Classes)
    • Ancient and Medieval - Phil 14
    • Early Modern - Phil 15
  • Four Upper Division (100-level) Electives

Available Emphases

  • Pre-Law & Justice emphasis
  • Science & Analysis emphasis
  • History of Ideas emphasis
  • Ethics & Values emphasis

-- To graduate with an emphasis, four upper division (100-level) courses must be within one specific emphasis. Students may graduate with more than one emphasis. 

-- To see which emphasis/emphases an upper division course is associated with, please consult the Philosophy Courses handout, the Department of Philosophy website, or the Undergraduate Bulletin.