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, which includes Capstone Research Seminar.

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

Introductory Courses
PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

Choose one course from the following:
PHIL 101: The Meaning of Life
PHIL 200: Classical Problems in Philosophy

Choose one course from the following:
PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
PHIL 309: Christian Ethics
PHIL 310: Asian Ethics
PHIL 316: Ethics
PHIL 320: Environmental Ethics

History of Philosophy
PHIL 300: Ancient Greek to Medieval Philosophy: Socrates to Aquinas
PHIL 313: Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant

Non-Western Philosophy
Choose one course from the following: 
PHIL 218: Confucianism
PHIL 219: Daoism
PHIL 310: Asian Ethics
PHIL 315: Buddhism and the Joy of Being Awake
PHIL 390, 490: Selected Topics

Choose three courses from the following:
PHIL 214: Free Will
PHIL 216: What is Knowledge?
PHIL 219: Daoism
PHIL 277: Philosophy of Science
PHIL 314: Contemporary European Philosophy
PHIL 336: Philosophy of Self
PHIL 351: Existentialism in Philosophy, Film and Literature
PHIL 374: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 376: Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 253: Political Philosophy
PHIL 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
PHIL 391, 491: Research
PHIL 397, 497: Internship
PHIL 495, 496: Honors Research

Capstone Course: 

HPRL 493: Senior Seminar