Philosophy Major

Philosophy develops tools for critical inquiry, explores how knowledge is acquired and examines how diverse forms of knowledge (e.g., scientific, humanistic, religious) both conflict with and complement one another. Philosophy further examines the nature of values and how diverse values define ethical, political and religious beliefs. The philosophy major consists of 30 credit hours in the department that includes 12 lower-level credit hours, 15 upper-level credit hours and senior seminar.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Introductory Courses
Choose one course from the following:
PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
PHIL 200: Classical Problems in Philosophy

Value Analysis
Choose one course from the following:
PHIL/ANML 212: Animal Ethics
PHIL 250: Business Ethics
PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
PHIL 309: Christian Ethics
PHIL 310: Asian Ethics
PHIL 316: Ethics
PHIL/ENVR 320: Environmental Ethics
CRIM 341: Justice & Punishment

History of Philosophy
Choose one course from each grouping:
Group A
PHIL/RELG 311: History of Philosophy I: Ancient Greek
PHIL/RELG 312: History of Philosophy II: Medieval

Group B
PHIL 313: History of Philosophy III: Modern
PHIL 314: History of Philosophy IV: Contemporary European

Group C
PHIL 277: Philosophy of Science
PHIL/RELG 308: History of Women Philosophers
PHIL/RELG 376: Philosophy of Religion

Non-Western Philosophies
Choose one course from the following:
PHIL/RELG 206: Eastern Religions/Philosophies
PHIL 310: Asian Ethics
PHIL 218: Confucianism
PHIL 315: Buddhism and the Joy of Being Awake
PHIL 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics

20th Century Analytic Philosophy
Choose two courses from the following:
PHIL 214: Free Will
PHIL 216: What is Knowledge?
PHIL 336: Philosophy of Self
PHIL 374: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics

Electives
Choose one course from the following:
PHIL 208: Philosophy of Language
PHIL 225: Personal Integrity In A Digital Age
PHIL 276: Field Experience (1-3 hrs)
PHIL 351: Existentialism in Film and Literature
PHIL 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
PHIL 391, 392, 491, 492: Research
PHIL 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship
PHIL 495, 496: Honors Research

Capstone Course:
PHIL 493: Senior Seminar

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