The requirements for a major in philosophy are: three courses in the history of philosophy (PHIL 2011 , PHIL 2021 , and PHIL 2031 ), one course in logic (PHIL 2040 ), one course in ethics (PHIL 2045 , PHIL 2400 , or PHIL 2410 ), a course in directed readings (philosophical author or topic of students’ choice in consultation with the instructor), and five other three-hour courses in philosophy. Majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination and regular attendance at all Philosophy departmental meetings is required. In order for a philosophy course to be counted for degree credit, a student must earn a “C” or better.
For majors in philosophy, MATH 1020 is recommended to satisfy the core mathematics requirement, HIST 1030 is recommended to satisfy the core history requirement, and CMST 1010 is recommended to satisfy the core communication requirement. ENGL 2020 and an extra HIST course are recommended as free electives.
For those students who major in philosophy in preparation for graduate work in THEOLOGY, the course in Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 2270 ) is highly recommended.
For those students who are interested in LAW SCHOOL or are interested in learning more about the law, Philosophy of Law (PHIL 3260 ) is highly recommended.
For those students who are interested in PUBLIC POLICY or CIVIL SERVICE employment, the department offers great flexibility for pursuing a minor in Public Administration while at the same time enjoying 23 hours of free electives to help them improve their quantitative skills.
For those students interested in an MBA program (Master of Business Administration), the department offers courses for the development of a critical mind, problem solving skills, and a mature understanding of values. These students can minor in Business Administration and still take 23 hours of free electives to improve their quantitative skills.
Students interested in medical or dental school should begin work in the freshmen year on a chemistry minor and the other courses required by medical and dental schools.