The study of philosophy is excellent preparation not only for a career as an academic philosopher, but also for careers in all fields that require clear, analytical thinking, writing, and speaking, including teaching and education, government, the ministry, business and management, publishing, and many other fields. Philosophy is also an excellent major for pre-law students.
What can I do with a philosophy major?
Admission to the Program
Anyone can declare this major.
Students in the philosophy major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.
- PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
- PHL 102 Introduction to Ethics
- PHL 205 Modern Logic
- PHL 304 Ancient Philosophy
- PHL 305 History of Modern Philosophy
- ONE of the following courses:
- PHL 396 Seminar on Philosophical Problems
- PHL 491 Seminar on Individual Philosophers
- FOUR PHL courses, at least two of which must be numbered 300-499
Total Number of Credits: 30
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- identify premises, conclusions, and unstated assumptions; analyze the structure of complex arguments, avoid logical fallacies; recognize and construct deductively valid arguments.
- explain the main philosophical theories and methods of the Ancient and of the Modern philosophers.
- compare and contrast ethical theories such as psychological egoism, ethical egoism, ethical relativism, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, and virtue ethics.
- analyze at least three of the following issues in metaphysics: the existence and nature of God, change and permanence, the nature of time, the status of universals, idealism and realism, the mind-body problem, the problem of personal identity, the problem of freedom and determinism, necessity and possibility.
- explicate at least two of the following problems in the theory of knowledge: perception and the external world, defining propositional knowledge, defining a priori knowledge, the structure of epistemic justification, the problem of induction, and the problem of other minds.
- summarize and comment on major issues in at least three of the following sub-fields of philosophy: philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, medical ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of love, feminist philosophy, business ethics, philosophy of mind.
- write a well informed, well reasoned, clear, well organized, and properly documented philosophical essay.