Students majoring in philosophy gain a broad-based understanding of the field through courses in reasoning and ancient, modern, and contemporary philosophy. Contrasting theories of knowledge and ethics lead to wide-ranging discussions and challenge students to examine their own assumptions.
Philosophy majors are prepared for a wide range of careers, including medicine, law, education, computers, psychology, theology, or in philosophy itself. Philosophy also makes a good second major for those in the sciences, since it broadens their education with study in a related humanities discipline. Psychology majors can add a philosophy major as a way of preparing for graduate study in cognitive science or related fields; philosophy gives one the ability to deal with the difficult conceptual issues involved in understanding the mind.
If you’re interested in pursuing an advanced degree other than philosophy, the department recommends that you choose a second major.
Requirements for the Major
Students majoring in philosophy must take:
PHL 106 Reasoning
PHL 303 Ancient Philosophy
PHL 304 Modern Philosophy, 1600 to 1850
PHL 405 Contemporary Philosophy
At least three other courses offered by the department
Appropriate related courses offered by other departments can be arranged in consultation with the chair of the philosophy department.