Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy Degree Requirements

The 21st century may belong far more to philosophy than to psychology or even traditional religion.  What a strange thought!  Philosophy is not a religion.  It's not psychology.  It replaces neither.  It's born out of wonder of the world, and it works against confusion.  Now, of course, there's much to wonder about and a lot of confusion.  So, maybe that is why the 21st century may become very philosophical. -John Cleese

Requirements for the Major

The Philosophy major consists of 31 hours of Philosophy distributed as follows:

  • Required: PH 201, 202, 220, 303, 398, 399 (16 hours)
  • At least two of the following: (Value Theory): PH 200*, 211, 214, 300*, 311, 312, 315, 340, 386* (6 hours)
  • At least two of the following: (Metaphysics and Epistemology): PH 200*, 205, 207, 300*, 302, 320, 325, 327, 330, 335, 386* (6 hours)

No more than one 100-level course may count toward the total hours, and only with the permission of the Chair. At least 15 hours of the 31 (in addition to PH 398/99) must be at the 300 level.

*If course material is appropriate (Chair's discretion)

Philosophy majors desiring to earn departmental honors must successfully complete the college requirements for departmental honors.

Requirements for the Minor

Minor programs in philosophy are individually designed by the student in consultation with a department advisor and subject to department approval.  A minor will consist of at least 15 hours in philosophy, including six upper division hours. Courses may be broadly selected or may concentrate in an area of particular interest.

Students who would like to explore philosophy as a possible major or minor are encouraged to enroll in PH 100: Introduction to Philosophy, or PH 102: Ethics Introduction to Moral Problems during their freshman year.

Pre-Professional Programs (Pre-Law)

Because of the emphasis placed on critical thinking and problem analysis, the department can offer an exceptionally fine undergraduate program of study for students interested in pursuing a law career.  Students interested in a pre-law program should contact the department as early as possible.

Philosophy as a Second Major

Philosophy pursues questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques apply to problems in any field of study or endeavor. Thus, much of what is learned in philosophy can be applied in any other academic discipline or major field of study.  Because it touches on so many other subjects, and because many of its methods are helpful in other fields, philosophy is well worth considering as a second major. The study of philosophy can complement a wide variety of academic majors such as economics, English, mathematics, political science, and psychology. If you are interested in philosophy as a second major, you should speak with a member of the Philosophy Department as early in your college career as possible.

Four-Year Degree Plan